Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 26th Aug 2013 16:24 UTC
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Update: the functionality used by the application was reverse engineered and Google stated that it may change. Google has released a statement which acknowledges that playing local content will come back to ChromeCast once the API has stabilised. Storm in a teacup, apparently.

Heads up. Google's latest Chromecast update intentionally breaks AllCast. They disabled 'video_playback' support from the ChromeCast application.

Given that this is the second time they've purposefully removed/disabled[1] the ability to play media from external sources, it confirms some of my suspicions that I have had about the Chromecast developer program: the policy seems to be a heavy handed approach, where only approved content will be played through the device.

A company intentionally disabling cool stuff? Surely you jest.

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Google's ethical standard
by emarkp on Mon 26th Aug 2013 16:47 UTC
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Remember, Google's ethical standard is literally (properly used there) the lowest it can be.

Time to stop treating Google as any different from MS, Apple, IBM, etc.

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RE: Google's ethical standard
by VistaUser on Mon 26th Aug 2013 19:29 in reply to "Google's ethical standard"
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2008-03-08

While Google shouldn't be considered anything other than another company and not put on a pedestal, I don't think we should ignore the evils of Apple and Microsoft.

The companies are not the same.

Look at the development of Windows and Microsoft's practices against its opponents in the 90's (and probably now too once the dust around Nokia has settled), and the current abuse of patents by both Apple and Microsoft to see why Google is so much better.

Google has its faults (and evils), but that is not comparable to them two companies.

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RE: Google's ethical standard
by ichi on Mon 26th Aug 2013 23:11 in reply to "Google's ethical standard"
ichi Member since:
2007-03-06

Remember, Google's ethical standard is literally (properly used there) the lowest it can be.

Time to stop treating Google as any different from MS, Apple, IBM, etc.


While highly unconvenient for users I don't think this can actually be qualified from an "ethical" sandpoint.

Maybe they actually outright lied about the Chromecast capabilities and I missed it, but otherwise they are just making their product a lot less desirable and as such you should probably wait until they clear this up to decide if it's worth buying.

If it turns out that you wont ever be able to use Chromecast to stream media from other devices that would certainly suck, but I don't see it as evil or unethical, just crappy and likely not worth your money.

Now if you told me that Chromecast was modifying your content on the fly and/or injecting subliminal messages to push some kind of political agenda, there I would agree about the evil and unethical bit.

Edited 2013-08-26 23:17 UTC

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