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Re: [videoblogging] Hacking public video screens

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  • Joly MacFie
    Here we go: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/17/business/media/17viral.html ... -- ... Joly MacFie 218 565 9365 Skype:punkcast WWWhatsup NYC -
    Message 1 of 7 , Mar 17, 2011
      Here we go:


      On Tue, Mar 15, 2011 at 7:54 PM, David Jones <david.jones@...> wrote:

      > On Wed, Mar 16, 2011 at 9:01 AM, Jay dedman <jay.dedman@...> wrote:
      > >
      > > > I tweeted the other day that this is clearly a hoax.
      > > > I thought it was a viral marketing campaign for Apple, but I've heard
      > > > it may be a viral ad for some video editing software or something.
      > >
      > > I guess I took it at face value. What made it so obviously a hoax?
      > It helps that I'm an electronics design engineer, but I noticed
      > several things immediately:
      > 1) The circuitry on the board for the video repeater on top of the
      > iPhone just didn't look right. Also where was the power supply for it?
      > I didn't see a battery, and you can't realistically tap the power out
      > of the iPhone headphone jack.
      > 2) The video hacked onto the screen was just far too seamless, and the
      > video "glitches" were too contrived and what I'd expect a post edit
      > effect to look like. And it didn't make sense that it would work in
      > the middle of the screen and not down the bottom when he dropped his
      > hand, you simply don't get that kind of discrimination in practice
      > with RF signals. Not to mention the aspect ratios etc
      > 3) The video was clearly shot with a pro camera and the angles were
      > good, and it was clear a lot of thought had gone into it. Some hacker
      > on the street showing off his work without getting busted wouldn't go
      > to that much trouble.
      > 4) The acting was too polished and just didn't feel right, with the
      > "good" part at the end bit of the first clip too contrived for my
      > liking. Few hackers would act like that on camera, esp when they might
      > be doing something possibly illegal in a public place.
      > 5) The Youtube channel is brand new with this being the first video.
      > Fine if you wanted to hide your identity, but then why reveal yourself
      > so clearly on camera and then not say who you are in the video notes
      > to get credit for your work?
      > > Just curious if something like that would even be possible.
      > If the video screen used a simple analog modulated RF transmitter to
      > receive the signals from some nearby source, like those cheap wireless
      > TV video transmitter for your house, then maybe.
      > But otherwise no.
      > Dave.
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