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(Ars Technica)   Verizon patents set top box that listens to what's going on in your house, then delivers targeted ads to your TV. "We can hear you now"   (arstechnica.com) divider line 194
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2012-12-04 05:13:25 AM
1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-12-04 06:03:35 AM
This is a good headline
 
2012-12-04 06:14:26 AM
Didn't I tell you marketers are evil?
 
2012-12-04 06:26:40 AM
I see it now. Cat food ads 24/7.
 
2012-12-04 07:43:11 AM
Mheh, the government already is through your cellphone.
 
2012-12-04 08:37:52 AM
Combine this with Fox News and you have something that could be in every room of every house.
 
2012-12-04 08:47:44 AM

PreMortem: Mheh, the government already is through your cellphone.


This has nothing to do with the government. It's entirely in the private sector.

/just goes to show how evil the private sector can be
//who do you trust more? those with a motive to get your vote or those who are motivated to get your money?
 
2012-12-04 08:49:14 AM

SurfaceTension: //who do you trust more? those with a motive to get your vote or those who are motivated to get your money?


You seem to be under the impression they're not one and the same
 
2012-12-04 08:50:23 AM
More and more reason I'm feeling better about cutting the chord. I don't particularly enjoy the prospect of paying Verizon (or Comcast, or charter, et al) for the privilege of selling me.
 
2012-12-04 08:50:32 AM
1. Put laptop near set-top box.

2. Stream endless porn with volume up.

3. Profit.
 
2012-12-04 08:51:32 AM
What's a set-top box?

/TiVo and cablecards FTW
 
2012-12-04 08:51:52 AM
Targeted ads based on what is going on in the house... that might make for uncomfortable family visits for some Farkers...

"Hey son, why are there so many ads for anal lube, Broadway musicals, and Doc Johnson products blasting on the TV?"
 
2012-12-04 08:52:32 AM
Patent application != patent.
 
2012-12-04 08:52:49 AM
MS is already watching you via your Kinect, and it knows you really like Cheetos.
 
2012-12-04 08:53:57 AM
Hey, if this means Verizon is conferring some amazing benefit as a result of the advertising (as I see YouTube to be) such as....say.... paying 2/3 of my rent monthly then I'd be ok with this.
 
2012-12-04 08:54:18 AM
eshop.macsales.com

Problem Solved.
 
2012-12-04 08:54:48 AM
Welcome to Obama's America!

Thanks a lot libs!
 
2012-12-04 08:55:53 AM
The next step will be to make it illegal to have an off switch on your TV.

math.ucsd.edu
 
2012-12-04 08:56:19 AM
Is there anyone who would allow this monstrosity into their homes?
 
2012-12-04 08:58:35 AM

BigDamn: Patent application != patent.


Well you weren't supposed to read the article before commenting.

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2012-12-04 08:58:40 AM

THX 1138: 1. Put laptop near set-top box.

2. Stream endless porn with volume up.

3. Profit.


You'd get tons of ads from Trojan brand condoms, birth control for women and viagra.
 
2012-12-04 08:58:42 AM
This reminds me of how North Korea has microphones in everybody's home. Instead of a communism government listening in on us, it'll be a corporatocracy with its tendrils all over the legislature and beyond.
 
2012-12-04 08:59:21 AM

CujoQuarrel: Is there anyone who would allow this monstrosity into their homes?


People that A) know no better. B) don't care (the kind of people that have a public facebook/twitter profile). C) think it's neat (see brain-damaged). D) were upsold by Verizon for some bullshiat new "feature" that they have to "upgrade" for.
 
2012-12-04 09:00:08 AM

Prank Call of Cthulhu: What's a set-top box?

/TiVo and cablecards FTW


Who still has a tv with a top big enough to set anything on?
 
2012-12-04 09:01:09 AM
Man, fark that shiat.
 
2012-12-04 09:01:17 AM

DeathCipris: CujoQuarrel: Is there anyone who would allow this monstrosity into their homes?

People that A) know no better. B) don't care (the kind of people that have a public facebook/twitter profile). C) think it's neat (see brain-damaged). D) were upsold by Verizon for some bullshiat new "feature" that they have to "upgrade" for.


I wonder if those people who were in favor of the Patriot Act ("I've got nothing to hide, and you shouldn't either, citizen!") would be in favor of this too.
 
2012-12-04 09:02:38 AM

PreMortem: Mheh, the government already is through your cellphone.


In the 1970's the whacko conspiracy theorists said the government was going to plant tracking devices on everyone.

If you had suggested that it would be the private sector and everyone would pay for the privilege you'd have been sent to the insane asylum.
 
2012-12-04 09:03:43 AM

Gordon Bennett: The next step will be to make it illegal to have an off switch on your TV.

[math.ucsd.edu image 512x384]


4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-12-04 09:03:48 AM
What happens when they are forced to become mandatory reporters?
 
2012-12-04 09:04:36 AM

BigDamn: Patent application != patent.


You seem to be confusing the way the patent office SHOULD work with the way the patent office DOES work. Why shouldn't this be a perfectly patentable idea?
 
2012-12-04 09:05:34 AM
Next the telescreen television will shout at you for half-assing your exercise routine.
 
2012-12-04 09:05:40 AM

Prank Call of Cthulhu: What's a set-top box?

/TiVo and cablecards FTW


But then you can't order all those interesting, affordable pay-per-view events.
 
MFK
2012-12-04 09:06:08 AM
HOW ABOUT NO? 
 
2012-12-04 09:06:37 AM

CujoQuarrel: Is there anyone who would allow this monstrosity into their homes?


Sure, just make it so that people who have it in their homes get a discount on their bill. People like to save money!

Just like how the Progressive Snapshot saves you money by recording your driving habits....
 
2012-12-04 09:06:55 AM
Some of my more paranoid friends said that my Kinect was probably doing this already. I was worried about it for a minute, but then I thought to myself "All this thing is going to learn by watching me is that I'm a lazy stoner who plays a lot of video games," which any normal person would figure out after talking to me for 5 minutes anyway.
 
2012-12-04 09:08:18 AM

PreMortem: Mheh, the government already is through your cellphone.


And Google. But this is not quite as weird as wanting to sit like Al Bundy and watch boobies on TV. Or what if you want to make out with your mistress, babysitter, or secretary. Then your wife comes home to find ads for STD test kits and birth control? Hell, this is worse than a damn parrot. And far more creepy.

The gub'ment don't be sending no ads to my phone based on the crap I say. In fact, I am rather surprised the men in black haven't shown up either. I guess I am small potatoes.
 
2012-12-04 09:10:11 AM

Jim.Casy: I'm a lazy stoner


Sweet, the local swat team will be by in a few minutes to break down your door, shoot your dog, and throw your ass in jail.
 
2012-12-04 09:10:19 AM

mr_a: [1.bp.blogspot.com image 600x614]


I'm sure that thought has not crossed their mind at all. They wouldn't do something like put the camera directly next to the IR remote sensor would they?
 
2012-12-04 09:11:42 AM
I'm envisioning a mod that puts the mic and camera on a toggle so that the user can turn it on, stage a conversation, and then turn it off again.
 
2012-12-04 09:12:24 AM
i184.photobucket.com
 
2012-12-04 09:17:16 AM
Do people still use DVRs? Seems rather last decade to me, since any content can be be streamed Netflix, Amazon, iTunes and a several other places.

So they patented it. So what? This doesn't mean that they intend to deploy it, but only to get a license fee from someone else.
 
2012-12-04 09:18:13 AM

Chabash: What happens when they are forced to become mandatory reporters?


Forced? They'll just sell your info to the highest bidder like FB does.
 
2012-12-04 09:18:19 AM
Won't be long before I'm flooded with Beano, and Gas-X ads.

/Turn it up, biatches
 
2012-12-04 09:19:41 AM

JackieRabbit: Do people still use DVRs? Seems rather last decade to me, since any content can be be streamed Netflix, Amazon, iTunes and a several other places.

So they patented it. So what? This doesn't mean that they intend to deploy it, but only to get a license fee from someone else.


So the license the patent to someone else who will use it? Like Motorola who builds their boxes?
 
2012-12-04 09:19:47 AM

BoxOfBees: I'm envisioning a mod that puts the mic and camera on a toggle so that the user can turn it on, stage a conversation, and then turn it off again.


It's called that putty stuff you use to put up posters.
 
2012-12-04 09:20:03 AM
2.bp.blogspot.com

/that's what's going on over here
 
2012-12-04 09:20:38 AM

bearded clamorer: Won't be long before I'm flooded with Beano, and Gas-X ads.

/Turn it up, biatches


that was close to a nice simulpost
 
2012-12-04 09:21:24 AM
Nobody says you have to get one.
 
2012-12-04 09:21:27 AM
www.the-prisoner-6.freeserve.co.uk
 
2012-12-04 09:21:47 AM

GlobalStrategic MapleSyrup Reserve: BigDamn: Patent application != patent.

Well you weren't supposed to read the article before commenting.


Gosh, thank you.
Did you read the headline?
 
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