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posted by n1 on Saturday June 14 2014, @03:53AM   Printer-friendly [Skip to comment(s)]
from the go-to-the-games-store dept.

The BBC is reporting:

Xbox One owners are complaining that a new TV advert is switching their consoles on without their permission. The ad featuring Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul has the actor say "Xbox On" near its start. The instruction appears to trigger the machine's Kinect voice/motion sensor, activating the console. A spokesman for the firm said it had no comment at this time, but noted that previous ads had also featured voice commands.

I'm sure there's a relevant XKCD comic regarding voice control being a bad idea, but can't seem to find it.

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  • (Score: 4, Funny) by kaszz on Saturday June 14 2014, @04:20AM

    by kaszz (4211) on Saturday June 14 2014, @04:20AM (#55204) Journal

    Natural development of "smart-tv".. now where is that ad-swatter when you need it! *smack* AdBuster 1-0

    New rule: Your household electronics is hostile..!

    • (Score: 2, Funny) by lcklspckl on Saturday June 14 2014, @04:26AM

      by lcklspckl (830) on Saturday June 14 2014, @04:26AM (#55205)

      Reminds me of this 30 Rock ep:
      http://youtu.be/xg2hepCGIGU [youtu.be]
      The whole gag is pretty funny.

    • (Score: 2) by AndyTheAbsurd on Saturday June 14 2014, @11:51AM

      by AndyTheAbsurd (3958) on Saturday June 14 2014, @11:51AM (#55269) Journal

      As much as I hate the idea of "smart TVs", this has nothing to do with it and is wholly unrelated other than that you can play XBox One on a TV. (Since "smart TV" means integrating the electronics to do other things into the TV, and this has to do with a separate piece of electronics.)

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      • (Score: 3, Insightful) by kaszz on Saturday June 14 2014, @05:37PM

        by kaszz (4211) on Saturday June 14 2014, @05:37PM (#55349) Journal

        It has to do with the very basic concept that your electronics will be remotely controlled and act against your interests. That concept can apply to many things.

    • (Score: 2) by rts008 on Saturday June 14 2014, @03:21PM

      by rts008 (3001) on Saturday June 14 2014, @03:21PM (#55310)

      New rule: Your household electronics is hostile..!

      Well howdy, Rip Van Winkle, glad you finally woke up and joined us!

      While 'smart tv's' are insidious in their own right, this is about a gaming console, not a tv. Gaming consoles have always been hostile to the customers, and then got worse when they gained network connections.

      I do like the idea of Adblock for tv's, but I don't think that will happen.
      The thought of putting something like Adblock on a TV amuses me a lot. I can picture the Earth imploding from this!

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday June 14 2014, @03:37PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Saturday June 14 2014, @03:37PM (#55314)

        Adblock for TV's is called torrents

      • (Score: 2) by kaszz on Saturday June 14 2014, @05:31PM

        by kaszz (4211) on Saturday June 14 2014, @05:31PM (#55346) Journal

        I think we have something here.. Now if there was a generally available firmware "upgrade" for popular Smart-TV that blocked ads and logos.. MAYHAM for the marketing departments :-v

        As a bonus said firmware will lack drivers for spyware ;)

  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by maxwell demon on Saturday June 14 2014, @07:08AM

    by maxwell demon (1608) on Saturday June 14 2014, @07:08AM (#55228) Journal

    If a spoken command can "switch it on" then it wasn't really off. If it were off, it could not process the sound.

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    The Tao of math: The numbers you can count are not the real numbers.
    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday June 14 2014, @08:22AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday June 14 2014, @08:22AM (#55241)

      just because the camera light isn't being illuminated doesn't mean you aren't being recorded either

      • (Score: 3, Informative) by Kunasou on Saturday June 14 2014, @09:03AM

        by Kunasou (4148) on Saturday June 14 2014, @09:03AM (#55247)

        Exactly, since people doesn't care about their whole family being watched...
        If you want to power off your Xbox One just unplug it.

    • (Score: 1) by larku on Saturday June 14 2014, @09:13AM

      by larku (4429) on Saturday June 14 2014, @09:13AM (#55249)

      I'm probably being paranoid but I keep a sticker over all my device embedded cameras unless they're being used - except for my phone but that sits with the camera down.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday June 14 2014, @10:53AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Saturday June 14 2014, @10:53AM (#55258)

        my phone [...] sits with the camera down

        I figure you don't have an iPhone.

        • (Score: 1) by larku on Sunday June 15 2014, @12:42AM

          by larku (4429) on Sunday June 15 2014, @12:42AM (#55439)

          You figure correctly :)

  • (Score: 1) by alecto on Saturday June 14 2014, @11:48AM

    by alecto (4452) on Saturday June 14 2014, @11:48AM (#55267)

    . . . present some possibilities for fun: "OK Google. Find me that $embarrassing_thing site."

  • (Score: 2, Funny) by coolgopher on Saturday June 14 2014, @12:30PM

    by coolgopher (1157) Subscriber Badge on Saturday June 14 2014, @12:30PM (#55284)

    Not XKCD, but a set of UserFriendly.org strips come to mind:
    http://ars.userfriendly.org/cartoons/?id=20120319 [userfriendly.org]
    http://ars.userfriendly.org/cartoons/?id=20120320 [userfriendly.org]
    http://ars.userfriendly.org/cartoons/?id=20120322 [userfriendly.org]

  • (Score: 2) by mcgrew on Saturday June 14 2014, @05:10PM

    by mcgrew (701) <publish@mcgrewbooks.com> on Saturday June 14 2014, @05:10PM (#55341) Homepage Journal

    "Oh, no!" said the console, "the advertising turned on me! Damned traitor!"

    "Mwahaha!" sneered the ad. "We have you now!"

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  • (Score: 2) by halcyon1234 on Saturday June 14 2014, @10:52PM

    by halcyon1234 (1082) Subscriber Badge on Saturday June 14 2014, @10:52PM (#55419)
    Select "Hardcore" mode. If your character dies, the game shouts out "XBOX: delete saved game files."

    Select "Ultra Hardcode" mode, and instead it shouts "XBOX: FORMAT HARD DRIVE!"
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    Original Submission [thedailywtf.com]
  • (Score: 2) by jasassin on Saturday June 14 2014, @11:00PM

    by jasassin (3566) <jasassin@gmail.com> on Saturday June 14 2014, @11:00PM (#55421) Journal

    Jessie Pinkman on my TV saying "Xbox ON!" He looks down to the corner of my screen where the Xbox is sitting but it didn't turn on. He gets a pissed off look at shouts I said "Xbox ON, BITCH!" and then the Xbox immediately turn on.

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