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r4tch3t wrote

Smart accessories will, at this rate, go the way of the phone - Who uses a flip phone anymore except under special circumstances? Smart phones, even low-quality and/or out of date ones, are the norm. Having a flip phone that does what little it does better than an out of date smart phone is still less socially acceptable than having said smart phone.

There's no reason for smart-speakers to not take off. Google glass had a reason - it made you look like a jackass and it had LOADS of security issues. All these smart-speakers are sleek and blend into the background of your house. If not-completely-obvious security concern was a reason for stuff to not take off, we wouldn't have most currently popular web-based things we have now.

I wouldn't unless it was signed off on by a long list of reputable people who couldn't all possibly have been bought-out, but we're gonna have to deal with our loved ones getting them. My ex's house had one in her room, always made me incredibly uncomfortable... This will only grow and get worse.

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not_AFX_lol wrote (edited )

Even if someone made one that had no loopholes to be exploited I wouldn't get it. It's not useful enough to justify the risk by any means.

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sudo wrote

I never would, since there are no libre ones at the moment. The FSF does consider the development of a libre smart speaker to be a high-priority item, though.

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selver wrote (edited )

Do you mean like Alexa? I cannot believe people are actually using those. I already have google in my pocket 24/7, even if they didn't spy on people with them they are still borderline useless.

I refuse to even wear bluetooth ear pieces cause I hate when people don't know if someone's actually talking to them or not. I don't need that shit in my own house. "Oh sorry not you, I'm just chatting with this dumb robot."

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libre_dev wrote

You can modify them and add regular 3.5 mm tele or RCA jacks to them, that makes them quite handy

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_ziq_ wrote

Can you switch off their connection to remote servers?

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libre_dev wrote

Don't know what the would accomplish. I suggest an alternate solution: pick up a decent amp + speaker from the local thrift store, hook them up an HTPC

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r4tch3t wrote

If you could, would the speaker even be able to do most of the stuff it's able to?