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(How-To Geek)   Facebook app goes full "Truman Show", starts asking to scan your local network for devices it can use to watch you. Your ceiling fan is, well, you know   (howtogeek.com) divider line
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519 clicks; posted to STEM » on 12 Oct 2020 at 4:42 PM (6 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2020-10-12 4:27:47 PM  
I do not care for this IoT integrated future one bit.  Was shopping for a sound bar the other day and all the good ones (haha yah I know sound bar that's 'good' right?) had mics and spyware embedded in them.  The last TV I bought had a EULA I had to click through before I could use it...for fark sakes.

/and no, I ain't putting the facebook app on my phone so it can trawl for treasures behind my back
 
2020-10-12 4:42:50 PM  

BumpInTheNight: I do not care for this IoT integrated future one bit.  Was shopping for a sound bar the other day and all the good ones (haha yah I know sound bar that's 'good' right?) had mics and spyware embedded in them.  The last TV I bought had a EULA I had to click through before I could use it...for fark sakes.

/and no, I ain't putting the facebook app on my phone so it can trawl for treasures behind my back


I am so farking tired of being a product instead of a customer. They have no f*cking right to sell my viewing habits or listen to me on the off chance I mention the need for cream for some rash.

There should be a certification that means "absolutely all activities this product engages in are disclosed in plain language, up front, with no weasel words."  Or we could have sane consumer protects. LOL, as if
 
2020-10-12 4:44:19 PM  
Seems legit...
 
2020-10-12 4:47:42 PM  
I laughed, my wife laughed, the toaster laughed.
 
2020-10-12 4:58:06 PM  
Social Media and other corporations are a cancer, new report at 11 by our ace reporter Ric Romero
 
2020-10-12 5:29:25 PM  
I wish I had no moral compass and could sell fake detector apps on Facebook....
 
2020-10-12 7:16:19 PM  
IoT is mostly stupid. TV, maybe, but only if I can disable the camera and mic, or tape them over. If you are going to put Wi-Fi on the toaster or refrigerator, I am going to look for a different product where they spent that money on more robust internal components. I am skittish about CCTV everywhere I go in public (ala Great Britain), but there is no way I am going to let that into my house.
 
2020-10-12 8:40:04 PM  
I had a ceiling fan with a fancy remote control system once. The controller burned out after a couple months so i got one of those fully mechanical wall-mounted fan/dimmer controls instead. Can't spy on me now.
As for TVs, often the off brands can be found without the smart subsystem. They likely use the same panel as your Samsung or Sony but half the price and potentially without the spyware.
 
2020-10-12 11:06:32 PM  
"We knew, eventually, you would all would be under constant surveillance... but we didn't know how eager you'd be to buy and install the cameras yourselves."
- Big Brother
 
2020-10-13 8:30:56 AM  

dammit just give me a login: "We knew, eventually, you would all would be under constant surveillance... but we didn't know how eager you'd be to buy and install the cameras yourselves."
- Big Brother


If I were to put on my tin foil for a moment - For a long time I've had a feeling that this generation of kids being raised into a norm where everyone is streaming their lives and open to the world was no coincidence.
 
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