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AT&T admits your TV is watching you

 
Nlightened
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WOW !! I have been diagnosed... I'm CURED !!!!

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You will notice the sarcasm in this response. It is used to discredit the previous post. This is further demonstrated by the user going from admitting a problem to being cured.
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I know Riiighhtt.. Thank god for modern medicine... GLP..banana2
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There were always people with mental illness. They were usually beggars or fanatics or just scary to the public.
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Kind of like the way the Psychiatrists and Psychologists analyze the normal into believing they are the patient. Oh my. I hope you are not one of those evil people.. Run and hide..
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You will notice the sarcasm in this response. It is used to discredit the previous post. This is further demonstrated by the user going from admitting a problem to being cured.
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I know Riiighhtt.. Thank god for modern medicine... GLP..banana2
 Quoting: Nlightened


There were always people with mental illness. They were usually beggars or fanatics or just scary to the public.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 23917036


Kind of like the way the Psychiatrists and Psychologists analyze the normal into believing they are the patient. Oh my. I hope you are not one of those evil people.. Run and hide..
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SARCASM AT ITS FINEST !! Better Than PROZAC....
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You will notice the sarcasm in this response. It is used to discredit the previous post. This is further demonstrated by the user going from admitting a problem to being cured.
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I know Riiighhtt.. Thank god for modern medicine... GLP..banana2
 Quoting: Nlightened


There were always people with mental illness. They were usually beggars or fanatics or just scary to the public.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 23917036


Kind of like the way the Psychiatrists and Psychologists analyze the normal into believing they are the patient. Oh my. I hope you are not one of those evil people.. Run and hide..
 Quoting: Nlightened


Who said I wasn't crazy? I was just noticing the paranoid schizophrenics.
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My optimum cable box comes on every time I enter the room. I have posted this before. I can cover the box and it still comes on, so it must be a noise sensor or mic or some kind.

There are 4 seals on the back, so if I take it off I won't be able to turn the box in when I am done.

Really not sure what to do......
 Quoting: Watching the world


This is not a funny situation. But...you can learn the dialog lines between Dave & Hal from 2001 Space Odyssey. Let the box be Hal and recite those lines in one voice, while you be Dave and recite those lines in another.

If anyone is listening or recording, oh well, they get what they deserve ;-)

Or! Learn the lines of 5 from Batteries not Included: "No disassemble! no disassemble! 5 Alive!!!!!" (At least I think it's BnI, been a long time since watching it LOL) all the while doing the comic "step by step, inch by inch" routine.

Goodness me, glad I don't have anything like a "box" around watching me. I just can't help it, I'm a thespian...
 Quoting: sTTsTTT


ummm its not batteries not included, that was short circuit....jonny 5's alive!

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President bush was the one who signed the bill everything goes digital!
just like the patriot act


its ALL the major cable companies... all the phone companies they watch you like a hawk


they are also watching you like say you are a prep-er?

and you are watching shows like that HOT zombie show?
what is it walking dead?

or that zombie apocalypse show?
on and on lots of shows like this..

they can take what you watch and make a profile about you

just like things you say on the net the data takes all the info and profiles..

Feb 8, 2006 4:00 PM


WASHINGTON -- U.S. President George Bush on Wednesday signed a bill that will open up a chunk of highly coveted radio spectrum to new mobile broadband applications and to public safety agencies.

Bush signed into law legislation setting February 17, 2009, as the date U.S. broadcasters must end transmission of analog television signals and move to all-digital broadcasts. The move from the upper-700-MHz spectrum band will free 60 MHz of wave space for auction to mobile wireless carriers and 24 MHz for emergency response agencies.
Converter or New TV Needed in 2009

TV viewers who receive over-the-air signals on analog TV sets will need to buy converters to get any TV signals after the transition. The bill Bush signed includes up to $1.5 billion in funding to provide two $40 vouchers per household to use toward the purchase of digital-to-analog set-top converter boxes.

The upper-700-MHz band would allow wireless signals to travel four to five times as far as existing mobile phone signals can, advocates of the digital television (DTV) deadline said. That makes the spectrum valuable for mobile broadband providers and for police and fire departments that want to communicate better with regional counterparts.
[link to www.pcworld.com]
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A coupon-eligible converter box (CECB) was a digital television adapter that met eligibility specifications for subsidy "coupons" from the United States government. The subsidy program was enacted to provide over-the-air television viewers with an affordable way to continue receiving free digital over-the-air television services after the nation's television service transitioned to digital transmission and analog transmissions ceased. The specification was developed by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), with input from the broadcast and consumer electronics industries as well as public interest groups.
[link to en.wikipedia.org]


Digital Transition and Public Safety Act of 2005

The United States Digital Transition and Public Safety Act of 2005, part of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005, required that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) direct all full-power television stations to cease analog TV broadcasting before midnight on February 17, 2009. (This deadline later changed to June 12, 2009.) Recognizing that consumers might wish to continue receiving broadcast programming over-the-air using analog-only televisions, the Act authorized the NTIA to create a digital-to-analog converter box assistance program. Consumer education plans for the subsidy program were targeted to low-income, elderly, disabled, inner city, immigrant, and rural Americans, because these groups were more likely to use an antenna instead of cable or satellite television.[3] The Act also established a new Treasury fund, known as the Digital Television Transition and Public Safety Fund. It directed the FCC to deposit the receipts from the spectrum auction of the returned analog television frequencies into the fund.
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On January 7, both Consumers Union and Representative Ed Markey of Massachusetts (who headed the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee’s telecom subcommittee) advocated that the February 17, 2009 analog shutoff date be postponed, due to the lack of coupons and NTIA's inability to handle the expected public enquiries.[17] On January 8, President-Elect Barack Obama's transition team contacted key legislators to express support for a delay, largely because of problems funding coupons for converters.[18][19] The delay passed early in February

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the link you posted
[link to www.technologyreview.com]


MIT = DARPA

Technology Review is a magazine published by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.[4] It was founded in 1899 as "The Technology Review", and was re-launched without the "The" in its name on April 23, 1998 under then publisher R. Bruce Journey. In September 2005, it underwent another transition under the current editor-in-chief and publisher, Jason Pontin, to a form resembling the historical magazine.
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your new HD giant flat screen that you love so much
connected to the net WIFI


Dec 10th, 2012
[link to vigilantcitizen.com]

Tech Companies are Developing TV’s that Watch You
The cable company Verizon has recently filed a patent for a system that contain audio and video sensors coupled with

facial and profile recognition software.


That would allow the company to obtain information such as the number people in the room, their sex, their race, what they are doing and even what they are consuming while watching TV. The goal of such a system is to broadcast “targeted advertising” but crossing the line to outright spying on people is only footstep away. Here’s an article on Verizon’s patent.





Picture this: You’re having an argument with your partner while watching television, and suddenly an advertisement comes on for marriage counseling. Or maybe you’re doing some weightlifting while a movie plays in the background, and ads for health food pop up on the screen.
[link to vigilantcitizen.com]





The patent also says if the device picks up that the user is “stressed” then it “may select an advertisement associated with the detected mood (e.g., a commercial for a stress-relief product such as aromatherapy candles, a vacation resort, etc.).” It adds that “If a couple is arguing/fighting with each other” the system “may select an advertisement associated marriage/relationship counseling.” And if the sensors detect that a user is a kid, the system will trigger “more advertisements targeted to and/or appropriate for young children.”
[link to vigilantcitizen.com]
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02/07/2013 11:10 PM
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The title is a little dramatic isn't it? They can't watch "you". They can tell what frequency or QAM you are tuned into but the can't see "you".
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how do you know that, spying technology has come a long way and with the digital panels in the TV's now.....
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its no joke read what have just posted

if you think ts a joke then happy trails to you...
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Digital TV Transition (Patent) - TV Screen is the Camera Part 2
[link to www.youtube.com]

Integrated sensing display

[link to appft1.uspto.gov]
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I thought every TV company was doing this. This isn't really watching you, just monitoring what you watch. How do you think TV ratings are made? People have always been keeping track of who watches what.

When I clicked this thread I thought they could actually see people through the cable box somehow.
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Click on the naughty channel and they know how many times you did it.

I don't understand why people are so afraid of that. When someone gives into these attrocities of mankind...who gives a shit? HEY GUYS HE HAS URGES LIKE ME AND YOU SHUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU​UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUN
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Samsung "smart tv". How smart? Smart enough to log you onto facebook when you enter the room.

Facial recognition technology.

Check the camera at the top middle of a "smart tv". Similar to the web cam on your laptop.
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Sticking to my basic for just a movie or breaking news. No fancy stuff here!
A Mother forever.
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If they want to watch me rub one out...more power to them.
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I have few things I would like to point out that I know are facts.
1)Televisions have infrared sensors that can detect the presence of people in the room, how many and approximate age through size. This information is used to create ratings profiles and cannot "see" you in high resolution. The data is retrieved through the cable connection or in the case of satellite television, through the telephone modem you use to order movies and services. All of your viewing activity including how many people are in the room is recorded on the devices hard drive and uploaded periodically. If you do not connect the receiver to a telephone line, the information is retrieved using the little known power supply modem network , which is in every computer made post 2005. The cable box , tivo, game console or satellite receiver are all computers that collect and relay data..

2) ALL computers have a built in microphone that is disguised as the tiny speaker that beeps in your computer when you turn it on. Government agencies have access to this microphone and can activate it remotely. It is best to disable it by simply destroying the membrane, you obviously don't need to hear that beep to know your computer is booting up.

4) The data and sensors on ALL modern computers including cable boxes and satellite TV boxes can be accessed through the power supply connection though an undisclosed network, desktop pc's continuously and laptops while they are being charged.

3)All video monitors that utilize lCD technology can double as a high resolution camera. An LCD display is built exactly like a modern digital camera. As in the case of the microphone, the display can not only produce images , it can create them.

4) Privacy is an illusion, it is highly unlikely that any person living in the United states or any other developed nation is EVER in a situation where there activities cannot be closely monitored and recorded by one of many different technologies, ranging from drones to voluntarily accepted intrusions in privacy such as webcams and web mikes and the newer game consoles which all have built in cameras.

5) If you are suspected of illegal activity or acting against TPTB, you ARE under conspicuous survielance, and you are kidding yourself if you don;t think they are using the tech they admit to to it's fullest capability and that they have much more than what they do admit to. The power supply modems built into all computers is an example of a secret technology that is know of by only a few. I discovered it completely by accident. These are the fastest digital connections ever devised, and can transmit data at a PERSONALLY VERIFIED rate of 1OOMB/sec, faster than any commercially available connection.
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To the above poster, I'm interested in 3 and 5, could you provide any more information or links? Peace

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Testing 123
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After I posted in this thread it was no longer red pinned unless I over looked it. Then the internet went down hard core then called the internet comp four times three times after waiting a very long time it would hang up as soon as a human answerd then they told me 16000 coustomers are down in my area and it wont be back up till six am
Yah right
Told u they watch what.u say and do
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Lets see them tag me on this connection ill just jump on another one
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They said the server was down
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I thought every TV company was doing this. This isn't really watching you, just monitoring what you watch. How do you think TV ratings are made? People have always been keeping track of who watches what.

When I clicked this thread I thought they could actually see people through the cable box somehow.
 Quoting: l3ol3o


People need to read the article fully cause it also talks about they will know what volume you set your TV at and how do you think they will know that?

Data from the set-top boxes of an unspecified “major television provider” (presumably AT&T) was used in the new research. The data—anonymized to remove identifying data such as names—included details of channel changes and volume adjustments plus some demographic information. By assuming that someone was watching a channel any time a TV stayed tuned to it for more than 20 seconds but less than one and a half hours, the researchers built up a record of which subscribers had watched what channels, and when. That was used to predict when different demographic segments would be watching TV in the future—predictions that could be used to plan when to show commercials.

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