[linux-elitists] Get _off_ the mic

Don Marti dmarti at zgp.org
Wed Jun 24 05:35:24 PDT 2015


begin Shlomi Fish quotation of Wed, Jun 24, 2015 at 12:05:37PM +0300:
> 
> On Tue, 23 Jun 2015 08:45:49 -0700
> Don Marti <dmarti at zgp.org> wrote:
> 
> > Just wondering about this LWN story...
> > 
> >   "Even if the binary only does what it is purported
> >   to do, it can turn on the microphone and upload
> >   what it hears to a remote site to search for a
> >   key phrase."
> > 
> >   https://lwn.net/Articles/648392/
> 
> Since this story is behind a pay-wall for now, here is a link (which requires
> neither payment nor enabling/whitelisting JS) to what the story probably is
> about:
> 
> http://thestack.com/google-audio-debian-binary-hotword-190615
> 
> Is it the same story?

Yes, it's the same story.  Debian bug:
  https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=786909

upstream bug:
  https://code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=491435

(This is an interesting example of how as soon as
a company adopts a surveillance marketing business
model, the fraction of cases in which it gets the
benefit of the doubt on software issues goes way down.
Companies other than the big G would probably have
gotten a less vehement reaction.)

And, by the way:
  1. Install tracking protection if you don't have it
     ( http://www.aloodo.org/test/ )

  2. Advertisers will no longer be able to track the
     Linux audience from Linux sites to other sites,
     forcing the value of ads on Linux sites up.

  3. LWN starts making so much money from ads that it
     can turn off the paywall.

(What, it's worth a try...
 http://blog.aloodo.org/misc/site-request/ )

-- 
Don Marti <dmarti at zgp.org>                   
http://zgp.org/~dmarti/
Are you safe from 3rd-party web tracking?  http://www.aloodo.org/test/


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