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Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Jon Halvorson, Mar 26, 2001.
This article may be of interest:
I don't have TIVO, and if I did I this would not bother me either. According the article older user guides did not mention this. Perhaps this is already well known, but if not then after someone finds out about this they might change their viewing habits a little. Like making sure they didn't miss their favorite show to ensure that it gets credit.
You can also opt out and they will not collect this data.
What the hell do you people watch that you would care who knows it?
I've been following this on Slashdot, Plastic, and Kuro5hin... I've never been so annoyed in my life.
The damn policy is not a secret, has never been a secret, and is not invasive.
Frankly, whenever the geek/techie/privacy communities get bent of shape about minor stuff like this, it just ruins our image and our cause when important things are afoot. Carnivore, the DCMA, stuff like that is important. This is a non-issue.
TiVo gathers anonymized, aggregate data. I don't care if TiVo knows I'm the only person in my zip code that doesn't watch Sabado Gigante. On the other hand, the fact that TiVo knows that x amount of people watches [cult show] rather than approximately x (plus or minus y) makes me very happy. Maybe my favorite shows will last longer.
"There's nothing more exhilarating than pointing out the shortcomings of others, is there?" --Randal Graves, Clerks
We're getting a Office Space:SE, now let's get these on DVD:
Ren & Stimpy | Nirvana | Strange Brew
TiVo is not saying PaulG watched show X, they are saying someone watched show X. Whats the big deal? I don't know.