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Bad boys, bad boys what you gonna do when ms comes for you

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Initial post: Nov 6, 2012, 11:07:08 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 6, 2012, 11:08:08 PM PST
Pick 34 says:
Microsoft files patent for device that enforces licenses through visual surveillance
by Mike Schramm on Nov 7th 2012 1:00AM


Microsoft has filed a patent for a system that could potentially use a camera to determine whether you're breaking its content-viewing rules or not. US Patent Application 20120278904 describes the ability to use a Kinect-like camera-enabled device for "continuously monitoring a number of users at a display device during the performance of [some] content," which basically means the camera would watch the faces of anyone watching a display showing licensed content (like a movie or a game), and then track those faces to see if the viewers had appropriately licensed it.

The patent lists a number of options for determining the validity of the possible viewers, including counting their number (as in, making sure only three people were able to see a movie), or actually identifying specific users (to make sure Julie isn't watching a movie that Mark was only licensed to see). The patent itself doesn't specifically mention Kinect, but it does mention the idea of a "gaming and media system" as well as "mobile devices" with the same capability.

Obviously, such a system would have some weaknesses (could you use a picture or a sculpture to spoof the camera?), and the patent states at the end that this is just one possible implementation of a setup like this. But Microsoft is apparently thinking about using Kinect's ability to recognize you for more than just throwing around spells and playing games. In the future, that camera may be used to figure out whether you're following the rules or not.

Via: Eurogamer, GamePolitics
Source: USPTO

Posted on Nov 6, 2012, 11:10:09 PM PST
KrisCo says:
BRB gotta unplug my Kinect before it watches me sleep. :(

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2012, 11:11:59 PM PST
Harmicky says:
This sounds like a conspiracy theory.

Posted on Nov 6, 2012, 11:13:11 PM PST
This is all part of Skynet's plan to take over the world.

Posted on Nov 6, 2012, 11:13:15 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 6, 2012, 11:23:01 PM PST
Modern Bear says:
What would they do if the people just put a piece of tape over the camera? Come to their house in black suits and beat them up? I guess the suits would more likely just deliver the dreaded "papers" instead.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2012, 11:38:55 PM PST
Sha Gojyo says:
this could be good for catching people who do cam sex on XBL.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2012, 11:40:57 PM PST
Modern Bear says:
Why do they need to be caught? Cam sex is good unless Ron Jeremy (current day version) is involved.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2012, 11:42:56 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 6, 2012, 11:46:19 PM PST
Sha Gojyo says:
I mean the illegal kind of cam sex, with underage kids involved.


In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2012, 11:44:27 PM PST
Harmicky says:
Is this an issue that XBL is experiencing?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 7, 2012, 12:00:12 AM PST
Modern Bear says:
That's pretty disturbing, and that even happened before the Kinect came out.

Posted on Nov 7, 2012, 12:17:17 AM PST
Sha Gojyo says:
and then there's this as well.


In reply to an earlier post on Nov 7, 2012, 12:21:04 AM PST
Harmicky says:
And then there's this:


Posted on Nov 7, 2012, 12:25:24 AM PST
Modern Bear says:
Sha what are you using as a search engine? All the articles you are linking are from years ago. There must be some more recent ones about people using Kinect for sexy time. It must be happening but I'm just too lazy to search for it. Link something more recent.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 7, 2012, 12:31:42 AM PST
Sha Gojyo says:

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 7, 2012, 12:34:12 AM PST
Harmicky says:
Did you check my weblink?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 7, 2012, 12:38:20 AM PST
Sha Gojyo says:
why check a weblink that's not even real?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 7, 2012, 12:43:58 AM PST
Harmicky says:
Because yes.

Posted on Nov 7, 2012, 12:55:24 AM PST
Modern Bear says:
I am trying to find articles about people having sex over Kinect and have yet to find any recent articles about it. Maybe Microsoft is already watching people and banning them. Creepy!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 7, 2012, 2:17:37 AM PST
Pick 34 says:
I think it blocks out nudity and stuff.

Posted on Nov 7, 2012, 8:58:19 PM PST
So just don't buy such a device. Man, talk about a useless patent.

Posted on Nov 9, 2012, 11:35:55 AM PST
LexGoyle says:
And Microsoft complains about Google collecting consumer information? So yeah the patent is real ( http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PG01&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=%2220120278904%22.PGNR.&OS=DN/20120278904&RS=DN/20120278904 ) and what gives them the right to say how many people or who can watch something I purchased? There has seriously got to be a limit to this content licensing bull. That's one thing about Microsoft that disgusts me is they basically pioneered the whole 'licensing' model for software and taking it yet another step further and trying to get that made so even with digital entertainment only a specific number of people can enjoy it? Ridiculous.

Posted on Nov 9, 2012, 11:40:16 AM PST
Soulshine says:
I wouldn't wish MS on anyone - it's a terrible thing. I imagine if it came for me I'd need to move to another state - maybe Colorado - depending on the severity of my symptoms and need to self-medicate.

Oh, Microsoft. Nevermind.

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Posted on Nov 9, 2012, 11:43:58 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 9, 2012, 11:44:29 AM PST
*Dances around in front of Kinect with blanket draped on shoulders*

Would you ___ me Kinect?.....I'd ___ me.

Posted on Nov 9, 2012, 12:52:52 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 9, 2012, 12:53:36 PM PST
MS can f*** off with that

(typed on a mac)
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