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Everything is too complicated
By Thom Holwerda on 2018-01-08 22:55:11

It's the very beginning of CES 2018, and the first trickles of gadget news are starting to come out. The flood begins tomorrow as the show floor opens and keynotes and press conferences begin in earnest. It's easy to see the broad themes of the show and the tech industry at large already forming: smart assistants everywhere, sensors and radios in every device you can think of, and an eternal hope that something, anything, will be the reason people will finally upgrade their TVs.

All of that is exciting - I love gadgets and am one of the few crazy people that think CES is incredibly fun! - but I want to take a half-step back before it all begins and point out something obvious: most people have no idea how any of these things work, and are already hopelessly confused by the tech they have.

Shoving a display and garbage software on every single possible household item is simply a really, really dumb idea. Add networking into the mix, and it becomes outright dangerous. People end up with products they have no idea how to use, that quickly become outdated, aren't getting software updates, and quickly become dangerous attack vectors for all sorts of possible criminals.

The article also touches on something else - namely, that even things like smartphones are getting way, way too complicated for most people. I, too, am continuously surprised by how little people around me really know about their smartphone - be it iOS or Android - and what certain things mean or how certain functions work, or that they even have said functions at all. Tech companies are doing a terrible job of exposing users to functionality in a meaningful, understandable way.

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You CANNOT turnoff wifi on âsmartâ tvs. You can only
By Sabon on 2018-01-10 18:00:14
You CANNOT turnoff wifi on “smart” tvs. You can only stop them from accessing YOUR wifi. But like someone said. You always end up with neighbors with open WIFI.

The only way to stop a “smart” tv from spying on you is to create a mesh around it that blocks all wifi from in/out of the TV. Then once you are done using the TV, literally destroying it so that nobody else uses that TV and allows the TV to connect to the mothership and send all your data back. And yes, it does keep a lot of everything that you watch and does try to transmit that information back as saleable data.

I’m thrilled that Apple (and other companies) have included security in web browsers so that advertisers can’t track you from website to website. I have nothing to hide but it is none of their nor the government’s business who and what I hook up with as long as it is legal. And until they can prove to a court that I’m doing something illegal, which I’m not, then they can get a court order to monitor my viewing habits.

PS: Unlike they like the Olympics and Discovery channel they will be bored.

But that’s not the point. It is all too easy for “Don’t be evil” (cough cough) companies from doing everything they can to see (steal) your data which you did not give permission for them to see, use, and sell.

PS: If you don’t think they will mess with the functionality of your smart tv if you block them from seeing your viewing habits, then I’m laughing hysterically at you. It’s already been proven by multiple hacking (good and bad) groups that smart tvs DO transmit people’s viewing and internet habits back to the mothership.

If I want to hook up “smart” features to my TV. It should be up to me which smart features and from which companies I want to connect to them. And I should be able to turn off and be assured those things are turned off that I want to be turned off and not stealing my data without my permission behind, beside, and in front of my back without my knowledge!
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RE: You CANNOT turnoff wifi on �smartâï¿&frac
By dbox2005 on 2018-01-10 18:42:59
This boils down to anonymity on the internet concept, which Trumpo and other fellows like him don't comprehend why is this even possible and with this in mind companies are using it also to sneak upon you. If internet is censored both ways : user side and entities doing the spying by having a third neutral party entity (router) to scrutinize and physically approve or disallow the content being forwarded from or to that device, we will not be in this mess. Thing is freedom on internet can be used both ways.
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RE[2]: How did we get here?
By dbox2005 on 2018-01-10 18:44:43
In other words the more tech evolves the more ignorant and stupid the people using it are getting.
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RE[7]: How about a NON-crappy 4K TV
By Earl C Pottinger on 2018-01-10 18:46:10
The builtin chargers in the cars can plug into the 120V and 240V plugs in most houses, but they charge at a slower rate for safety reasons usually about 10-12 amps.

The chargers that let you program for the max power you can safety draw thru your wiring can be programmer to pull as much as 40-50 amps if your house wiring can handle it or a dedicated line is installed.

I just want one that does not need communication to the manufacturer to use it.
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Orwellian
By Dr.Cyber on 2018-01-11 21:23:14
They are doing a great job in taking society towards the Orwellian state that they have desired society to be in for a long time now.
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RE[5]: How about a NON-crappy 4K TV
By Adurbe on 2018-01-12 16:20:58
Then the guy next door is an idiot :-p

Jump on and start your torrents. Free bandwidth and the legal liability is his, not yours..
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RE: Blissful future
By Soulbender on 2018-01-12 17:47:05
Being a haxor never required any skills.
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RE[3]: How about a NON-crappy 4K TV
By nicholasj on 2018-01-13 07:26:34
Show me a single shipping device which implements the Ethernet over HDMI standard.

(No, not HDbaseT, just pure Ethernet over HDMI, which is at least part of the HDMI 1.4 standard, possibly earlier)
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RE[4]: How about a NON-crappy 4K TV
By ilovebeer on 2018-01-13 17:30:34
> "wifi built-in" doesnt mean it can actually connect to my wifi without my consent (ie entering my password).

So no ethernet cable, no wifi password, it simply cant reach my network...

That doesn't mean it can't reach *any* network. There's nothing stopping it from hunting for an accessible network and connecting once it finds one. And people and dumb enough to have unprotected wide-open networks. One of your neighbors may be one of those people, and in such a case, how do you prevent your tv from being connected then? Simple, you can't unless you want to build a Faraday cage around it.
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RE[2]: Comment by ilovebeer
By ilovebeer on 2018-01-13 17:31:41
...for now, until the potential data mining and/or ad revenue potential becomes too tempting.
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