TV destined for the toilet!

My current TV is probably ten or more years old. I suspect it is not nearly as “smart” as the new c*** coming out. It’s only purpose is to periodically watch a movie and weekend sports for spouse.  Potentially it will last for many more years.

However, I am considering buying another just for spite. I shall locate it in the bathroom pointed directly at the toilet and leave it on 24/7 with the exception of the time I have need to use that room at which point I shall turn it off, cover it with a cloth and only uncover and turn it on when exiting.

From Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of LawI’m Terrified of My New TV: Why I’m Scared to Turn This Thing On — And You’d Be, Too

I just bought a new TV. The old one had a good run, but after the volume got stuck on 63, I decided it was time to replace it. I am now the owner of a new “smart” TV, which promises to deliver streaming multimedia content, games, apps, social media, and Internet browsing. Oh, and TV too.The only problem is that I’m now afraid to use it. You would be too — if you read through the 46-page privacy policy.

The amount of data this thing collects is staggering. It logs where, when, how, and for how long you use the TV. It sets tracking cookies and beacons designed to detect “when you have viewed particular content or a particular email message.” It records “the apps you use, the websites you visit, and how you interact with content.” It ignores “do-not-track” requests as a considered matter of policy.

It also has a built-in camera — with facial recognition. The purpose is to provide “gesture control” for the TV and enable you to log in to a personalized account using your face. On the upside, the images are saved on the TV instead of uploaded to a corporate server. On the downside, the Internet connection makes the whole TV vulnerable to hackers who have demonstrated the ability to take complete control of the machine.

More troubling is the microphone. The TV boasts a “voice recognition” feature that allows viewers to control the screen with voice commands. But the service comes with a rather ominous warning: “Please be aware that if your spoken words include personal or other sensitive information, that information will be among the data captured and transmitted to a third party.” Got that? Don’t say personal or sensitive stuff in front of the TV.

You may not be watching, but the telescreen is listening. Continue here.

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2 Responses to TV destined for the toilet!

  1. bydesign001 says:

    ‘Please be aware that if your spoken words include personal or other sensitive information, that information will be among the data captured and transmitted to a third party.’ Got that? Don’t say personal or sensitive stuff in front of the TV.

    You mean kind of like when I loudly suggest with my laptop on in front of me what Barack Obama can do with that pen and phone; or the day when the Secret Service bungled the White House jumper and I only wished….or when I think of Air Force One going over the Atlantic Ocean but then ask for forgiveness from the Lord above because of the pilots and minions also onboard?????

    Just kidding Secret Service, FBI, CIA, IRS, NSA, DHS….Just kidding.

    My television which is bound to go any day now is 12 years old and experiencing a blackout every now and then although I have yet to determine if that’s the cable company censoring Fox and TheBlaze or sunspots.

    Besides sending this post to a neighbor with whom I had a similar discussion two weeks ago, I will make every effort to hunt down the old Sharp Linytron Plus.

    Wish me luck.

    P.S.: There’s a reason, I have scotch tape AND a band-aid over my webcam.

    • LadyRavenSDC says:

      Love. LOVE a good rant that says just about exactly what I think!!!
      “P.S.: There’s a reason, I have scotch tape AND a band-aid over my webcam.”
      Yeah. Me too but I used black electrical tape!
      Band-aid. Damn that would be funny if……..

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