11/12/2012 09:11 am ET Updated Jan 12, 2013

Microsoft Patents Spying On You With Your TV's Camera And Fining You If There Are Too Many People Watching

Of course, big companies patent all sorts of stupid ideas, many of which never get incorporated into products. But hey, now you know that researchers at Microsoft sit around spitballing ideas like, "Wouldn't it be awesome to spy on our customers in their homes so that we could fine them for having too many people over to watch movies? Wonder if anyone is Hollywood would give us preferential access to movies if we could promise them that they could do nose-counts of people in their own homes?"

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