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Big Brother alert: Microsoft wants to know how many friends you've got in your living room

 
Laura Bow
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Big Brother alert: Microsoft wants to know how many friends you've got in your living room
One of Microsoft’s latest patent applications is a humdinger. It proposes to turn the Kinect camera into a snitch for movie studios, reporting back just how many friends you’ve got in your living room and what they’re watching. Think that sounds alarmist? Here’s what it actually says: “The users consuming the content on a display device are monitored so that if the number of user-views licensed is exceeded, remedial action may be taken.” It’s that blatant – a system to spy on private viewing habits.

If put into practice, Microsoft’s plan could mean that the film you’re watching suddenly stops playing if it detects that you’ve got more people squashed on to the sofa than the licence allows. You’d then be prompted to buy a more expensive licence to keep watching. It’s as if Big Brother had built 1984’s Telescreen not to monitor the population but to ensure no one was pirating the Two Minutes Hate.

More at [link to blogs.telegraph.co.uk]

Last Edited by Laura Bow on 11/10/2012 02:39 PM
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11/10/2012 03:54 PM
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The chariots of God are tens of thousands, and thousands of thousands.
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11/10/2012 04:02 PM
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lmao

is this for fucking real?

I hope those lampposts are strong, because they'll have a lot of work to do when the balloon goes up!
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11/10/2012 04:24 PM
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lmao

is this for fucking real?

I hope those lampposts are strong, because they'll have a lot of work to do when the balloon goes up!
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Is it real? I'm guessing so and it wouldn't surprise me.
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11/10/2012 04:27 PM
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And watch for the restriction. Bet it will be 2 ppl only or buy bigger license. Family of 4 pack.
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11/10/2012 07:42 PM
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And watch for the restriction. Bet it will be 2 ppl only or buy bigger license. Family of 4 pack.
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HAH...funny but you're probably right.
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