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Big Brother alert: Cameras in the cable box to monitor TV viewers
Washington Times ^ | Cheryl K. Chumley

Posted on 05/24/2014 8:17:57 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine

It hardly gets more Orwellian than this. New technology would allow cable companies to peer directly into television watchers’ homes and monitor viewing habits and reactions to product advertisements.

The technology would come via the cable box, and at least one lawmaker on Capitol Hill is standing in opposition.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: beseeingyou; big; bigbrother; bigmedia; brother; cable; cablebox; cablecameras; camera; privacy; surveillance; youarebeingwatched
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1 posted on 05/24/2014 8:17:57 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Old tech electrical tape over the front!


2 posted on 05/24/2014 8:20:25 PM PDT by DocJhn
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To: DocJhn

There are microphones inside, too.


3 posted on 05/24/2014 8:20:50 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Defeat the info fascists! Here’s how: http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=electrical+tape&FORM=HDRSC2


4 posted on 05/24/2014 8:21:04 PM PDT by WorkingClassFilth
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To: Jack Hydrazine

I assumed that they were already doing that with my cable DVR box.


5 posted on 05/24/2014 8:23:02 PM PDT by sickoflibs (Obama : 'The debate is over. The time for talk is over. I won. ')
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To: Jack Hydrazine

No more loosening your tie and slouching, while you watch TV on the couch, and it’s probably best if your wife doesn’t sit next to you, at least if you still find her attractive.


6 posted on 05/24/2014 8:23:22 PM PDT by ansel12 ((Ted Cruz and Mike Lee-both of whom sit on the Senate Judiciary Comm as Ginsberg's importance fades)
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To: sickoflibs

Yeppers.


7 posted on 05/24/2014 8:23:23 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: sickoflibs

I remember back in the 1970s people talking about this as a conspiracy theory. Now it’s reality!


8 posted on 05/24/2014 8:23:55 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Time to put an antenna in the attic or on the roof & learn to live with fewer stations. I’ve got Netflix streaming (no DVD service) and a Roku. Cable will be going within the next month.

I’m researching for the best attic antenna right now. I’m narrowing it down. But I welcome any suggestions based on experience.


9 posted on 05/24/2014 8:25:36 PM PDT by ChildOfThe60s ((If you can remember the 60s.....you weren't really there)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

I’ll post a picture of Helen Thomas, Photoshopped...NUDE in front of it.

Maybe make bobble head of her in the nude and put an oscillating fan near it, to enhance movement.


10 posted on 05/24/2014 8:27:26 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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11 posted on 05/24/2014 8:27:32 PM PDT by abishai
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To: DocJhn
no video, no cable... it prolly won't work if it's covered
12 posted on 05/24/2014 8:28:04 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Next up: telescreens!

PING!


13 posted on 05/24/2014 8:28:59 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Of COURSE bacon is good for you!!!)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Considering the location of my Cable/DVR box, the best view they’ll ever get on mine would be underneath my couch and recliner along with the carpet.


14 posted on 05/24/2014 8:30:46 PM PDT by Pox (Good Night. I expect more respect tomorrow.)
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To: DocJhn

“Old tech electrical tape over the front!”

Peanut butter would do the job too.

Bondo.

Hot Glue.

Superglue.

Lots of solutions. Would work for Mic openings too, though you might have to use a syringe.


15 posted on 05/24/2014 8:31:07 PM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: Pox

I wonder what they would do if you opened it up and disconnected the mic and cam?


16 posted on 05/24/2014 8:31:57 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

I guess for fun you could do an art project in front of your tv that involves sticking wires into a block of clay and hooking those wires to an alarm clock.


17 posted on 05/24/2014 8:36:31 PM PDT by LukeL
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Anthony Weiner approves.


18 posted on 05/24/2014 8:36:59 PM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Oh, it’s just an innocent marketing tool! They will use it only so they can provide commercials that are less annoying and programming that doesn’t suck as hard. And who wouldn’t mind being monitored a little in exchange for an enhanced TV-viewing experience ? /s


19 posted on 05/24/2014 8:37:09 PM PDT by Southside_Chicago_Republican (If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine; Gilbo_3; Impy; NFHale; GOPsterinMA; BillyBoy; fieldmarshaldj
RE:”I remember back in the 1970s people talking about this as a conspiracy theory. Now it’s reality!”

I recall my parents first got cable when it first came available to us in the mid 1970s.

Back then it was simple frequency multiplexing with hardware switching in a box with a button for each channel, that box served as a remote control with a long wire.

MY FIOS DVR cable boxes are minicomputers connected directly to my internet modem(they wont work without it ) , that's why they must be rebooted frequently .

Thats why I just assumed they know what my box is tuned to..

Here we need sales cards to get sales prices in most grocery stores. So if only a few people buy large amounts of items on sale they know to not put it on sale.

Its the world we live in now.

20 posted on 05/24/2014 8:37:28 PM PDT by sickoflibs (Obama : 'The debate is over. The time for talk is over. I won. ')
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To: Jack Hydrazine

not ony does big brother watch you, you pay him to. cable-free in my house.


21 posted on 05/24/2014 8:37:52 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Hopefully if this starts, a list of the cable boxes so afflicted will be on the net in no time. I have no trouble opening the thing up.


22 posted on 05/24/2014 8:38:31 PM PDT by doorgunner69
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To: Jack Hydrazine

At least one lawmaker stands in opposition?

One?


23 posted on 05/24/2014 8:39:21 PM PDT by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds)
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To: P-Marlowe

It’s token opposition to make them look legitimate.


24 posted on 05/24/2014 8:41:50 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: null and void; 3D-JOY; abner; Abundy; AGreatPer; Albion Wilde; AliVeritas; alisasny; ...

PING!


25 posted on 05/24/2014 8:44:04 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Of COURSE bacon is good for you!!!)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

People are so damned stupid! I’ve been saying this since 1991 when I first heard about it. And this reporter thinks she broke a big story.

There is no such thing as privacy. And they can put anything they want on your computer or on your phone. I was just telling my wife over dinner that the feds could put a message on my cell phone from the terrorist Al Jaaba Ben Hubba Bubba. Then they go to the local cops and tell them to go get me. While I’m eating my hamburger a bunch of fat cops burst in and arrest me and haul me off. I’m never heard from again. Don’t think it hasn’t happened and won’t happen.

Everyone in this country should be watching PERSON OF INTEREST instead of AMERICAN IDOL. Everything, plus more, on that show is being done. I’m not sure if it’s because they want us to know or if someone is leaking the information. Either way, “You are being watched.”


26 posted on 05/24/2014 8:45:25 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican
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>> New technology would allow cable companies to peer directly into television watchers’ home

The writer meant “enable”, not “allow”.


27 posted on 05/24/2014 8:46:54 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: ChildOfThe60s

We’re about to kill the cable box, too. But we’ll keep the internet which means they’ll be watching my through my computer.


28 posted on 05/24/2014 8:47:01 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican
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To: Southside_Chicago_Republican

And people on here think it’s funny. The old “If you’re not doing anything wrong” crowd is the biggest threat to liberty.


29 posted on 05/24/2014 8:51:17 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican
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To: Jack Hydrazine; Gilbo_3; Impy; NFHale; GOPsterinMA; BillyBoy; fieldmarshaldj
Much like the free sales loyalty discount (or club) card for grocery stores, this allows the cable companies to use what we are watching for their and others business decisions.

Getting that info from the cable boxes is way more accurate than them mailing out surveys.

For those who this bothers them there is always clear tv

30 posted on 05/24/2014 8:53:21 PM PDT by sickoflibs (Obama : 'The debate is over. The time for talk is over. I won. ')
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To: Jack Hydrazine

What is wrong with these people?


31 posted on 05/24/2014 8:55:27 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Ok I would love to get rid of Comcast and get rid of its cable too expensive for a few channel I see. I know to view my favorite shows I can stream Netflix or Amazon or whatever, but how about if you want your local news. What would I need to do?


32 posted on 05/24/2014 8:56:20 PM PDT by Patriot Babe
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To: Jack Hydrazine; COUNTrecount; Nowhere Man; FightThePower!; C. Edmund Wright; jacob allen; ...
I remember back in the 1970s people talking about this as a conspiracy theory. Now it’s reality!

Nut-job Conspiracy Theory Ping!

To get onto The Nut-job Conspiracy Theory Ping List you must threaten to report me to the Mods if I don't add you to the list...

33 posted on 05/24/2014 8:57:33 PM PDT by null and void (When was the last time you heard anyone say: "It's a free country"?)
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To: freekitty

They are just your average collectivist control freaks. That’s all.


34 posted on 05/24/2014 8:58:00 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: All

Another thing. I’m about to become a “truther”. I’m not saying the government did it. But I believe they knew it was coming. They knew about the Boston Marathon bombers. Putin said that Russia had told us about them. But the powers allowed them to act. Why? So they can take away more freedoms. Nothing happens that they don’t know about in advance.

I wonder about these guys with “mental problems” who go on shooting sprees. Are they controlled by the government? A switch is flipped and off they go? And then more gun control laws are pushed.

They believe a Utopia is possible. But to acheive it lots of “irrelevant” people will have to be eliminated.

And don’t tell me to get tinfoil. This stuff is for real.


35 posted on 05/24/2014 8:59:00 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican
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To: Patriot Babe

“...but how about if you want your local news. What would I need to do?”

You can get local news over the air but you might need a converter if you have an old TV set.


36 posted on 05/24/2014 8:59:13 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: Patriot Babe

There is an Antenna that will bring in local channels.
Best buy or radio shack will have it, there is also a web site to order one!


37 posted on 05/24/2014 9:01:47 PM PDT by DocJhn
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To: Jack Hydrazine

This article is a year old. Why are you posting it now?


38 posted on 05/24/2014 9:02:28 PM PDT by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: Patriot Babe

Rabbit ears. I’m in an apartment and get about half a dozen local stations; a rooftop antenna would get more. Also, most TV stations stream their newscasts live.


39 posted on 05/24/2014 9:02:33 PM PDT by Squawk 8888 (I'd give up chocolate but I'm no quitter)
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To: Patriot Babe

http://www.tvantennaplans.com/

Or you can buy one at Radio Shack. I’m about to go that route. Plus, it will be in true HD.


40 posted on 05/24/2014 9:02:52 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican
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To: VerySadAmerican

The second that is implemented, my cable service is gone, and I will encourage everyone I know to do likewise. I guess they figure that with all the others ways people accept being monitored, they will accept this too. Unfortunately, they may be right.


41 posted on 05/24/2014 9:05:43 PM PDT by Southside_Chicago_Republican (If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.)
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To: Southside_Chicago_Republican

This is a year old. It’s been going on for years.


42 posted on 05/24/2014 9:07:03 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican
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To: VerySadAmerican

I cannot disagree with anything in your post. We watch PoI and tell each other how it’s so _not_ science fiction.

I have been wondering if the YA market is so into dystopian themes because they are trying to resolve a cognitive dissonance that is not addressed in their education. They know something is terribly wrong with our society and they hunger for some sort of role model that will teach them how to respond to it.


43 posted on 05/24/2014 9:07:27 PM PDT by reformedliberal
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To: Southside_Chicago_Republican

I guess they figure that with all the others ways people accept being monitored, they will accept this too. Unfortunately, they may be right.

______________

I refuse to shop anywhere there is a shopping card. I notice at least one of the big chains, Shaws has stopped their card program. Unfortunately Walgreens and Rite aid have one. Both have lost my business to Wal-Mart


44 posted on 05/24/2014 9:08:34 PM PDT by Chickensoup (Leftist totalitarian fascism is on the move.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Now old Yakov Smirnoff jokes apply to this county.

“In America, Television watches you.”


45 posted on 05/24/2014 9:21:47 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: DocJhn

Best me to it. Duct tape is your friend.


46 posted on 05/24/2014 9:23:40 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: ChildOfThe60s
I’m researching for the best attic antenna right now. I’m narrowing it down. But I welcome any suggestions based on experience.

There are a few variables that will matter. How far from the broadcast stations you live, antenna height, whether there is an obstruction in the direction of a signal, etc. My philosophy for a home that is further away from broadcast stations is to go for as much surface area/most elements on the antenna as you can reasonably afford.

As for small antennas with amplifiers, if you live not too far away from a broadcast station, they will work just fine. But if the signal is weak and the antenna is small, the amplifier will only have a very noisy signal to amplify, so it will still result in poor reception.

The website below is a good resource in determining the size of antenna to purchase. Keep in mind that if your antenna will be low or obstructed, you may need to up-size.
http://www.antennaweb.org

47 posted on 05/24/2014 9:29:04 PM PDT by FreedomOfExpression
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To: null and void

Like the lurker in the window. It isn’t inside yet but could be all too soon.

No doubt the feed will go straight to O’s decision making drone room


48 posted on 05/24/2014 9:30:47 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: Chickensoup

Good idea. Jewel, the big supermarket chain here, dropped theirs too.


49 posted on 05/24/2014 9:32:06 PM PDT by Southside_Chicago_Republican (If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.)
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To: VerySadAmerican

Norton blocked the website you posted, saying it is a known malicious website.


50 posted on 05/24/2014 9:35:58 PM PDT by FreedomOfExpression
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