You've seen those charts where people use their smart watch to record their heart rate during the game of thrones finale? (No? Here you go: http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2015/08/13/what-game-of-thrones-... )
Sure, downloading the Netflix pause-your-stream-when-you-fall-asleep app is comfortable, but it also provides a treasure trove of audience response data. Forget focus groups, now you have the real-time emotional response of many thousands of people A/B testing your original content in real environments.
And this ain't old-media Nielson, this is biggest-user-of-AWS technology-first Netflix.
In any case, the app would probably say "Oh, I can't have camera? Well you can't have app."
And it's not like you weren't warned on the page with "37 permissions".
And before anyone claims location services are necessary to find the user and stop ddos attacks - I've ordered uber before for people in other parts of town, and I'm a signed in user with a track record of making payments.
I don't know if this is enforced by Apple's review process or whether it's an emergent custom.
You cannot even read other people's snaps without enabling camera. I deleted the app because of this function.
"Facebook wants to send Sms" seems really odd until there's some feature like inviting someone that would obviously require sending Sms. Contextually asking for this permission then is much more reasonable, especially since the app can be used otherwise. Clearly certain permissions like camera may be the entire reason for the app, but the more sinister stuff like location tracking is often not the primary purpose.
In the meantime... talk to me when Android gets this basic feature in 6.0.
Granular permissions have only been in iOS since version 6.0, which came out 3 years ago. The first version of iOS was 8 years ago. For a feature that's "as common sense as it gets" we sure got along fine without it for half a decade.
Nope, no fanboying here, move along folks.
IOs originally had no permission system at all.
> talk to me when Android gets this basic feature in 6.0.
Half a year ago.
I'd personally prefer more fine grained permissions. Permission to take a picture (and read just those pictures the app took), permission to save pictures to the OS picture db. Permission to read pictures from the os picture DB the app didn't take.
I actually don't know if that would be any kind of solution. Another would be if the only way to access pictures was an OS level ui. That way the app couldn't access the pictures directly.
at the same time that would limit useful things apps can do. For example the fb messenger app showing half the display as a live feed from the camera.
Currently, for things like camera, microphone, location, etc. you can always revoke that permission after granting it via Settings.
Though, the latest version of android odes allow you to "allow" or "don't allow" features like that. Its the only reason that I finally installed the facebook app.
See also: server admins who accept SSH host keys without verification.
If you want a great show about stuff in this space, check out Black Mirror.
I can say I've had a lot of moments where I run into a situation in my actual life that makes me feel like I'm living in an episode of this show. It's a modern-day Twilight zone, and although I wouldn't say it's always a hit, when it's good, it's really good.
I believe there is a lot of good men, here. So, what can we do to fight this evil Android app (appart from not installing it)?
They also have a terrible habit of skipping the opening credits. The credits are often funny or beautiful. Every time I watch Futurama, I need to start the show and then rewind back to the beginning to see the opening joke. It's like VHS all over again.
Opps. I'm ranting. You know, I never noticed how much the interface annoyed me until I stopped to think about it.
Simpsons have of course taken it far more extreme than Futurama, by making the sofa gag into an at time extremely elaborate part of the show.
I never noticed it skipping the opening credits though.
They also use the mechanism to skip "previously on" sections, which is probably a good idea during a marathon, since they're usually more spoiler than reminder in that situation.
If in Chrome, try the 'hide postplay' feature of the Flix Plus by Lifehacker extension.
This is on a Roku 3, not sure if it's a different experience for other devices.
For example, I can go a whole afternoon some days without it auto-pausing, while others as you said, you can go two episodes and it will pause on you.
Interestingly when I am in a full screen game (and Netflix on another screen) it "never" pauses. It only pauses when I am not doing anything on the machine and just watching (i.e. I effectively get punished for paying too much attention).
They may even construct segmented binge patterns where they know episodes 3 to 6 of House Of Cards usually gets binged where as episodes 1 and 2 usually do not.
Building and training these segments would appear random to the end user but after awhile should be good at guessing when the TV has been left on or the user is binge watching.
This is really annoying, and the opposite of the sort of smart adaptive behaviour I'd like to see. It'd be great if Netflix could detect, 'this guy seems to have regular work hours (because he normally watches Netflix at a regular time), and appears to be binge-watching a TV show; let's not bother him.'
But then, the Netflix app is still terribly primitive compared to their website, so…maybe I'm asking for too much.
Has anyone else noticed that? My theory is that they reveal the cursor after every new episode to try to get you to move it and hide it. If you do that each time, they could assume you're not paying as much attention.
$ sleep x && pkill Chrome
when you put it that way I really don't see the appeal anymore
Hmm. I was too hopeful for a Sock API.
But this would be hard as a DIY project.
It reminds me of watching old James Bond marathons with my dad when I was a little kid, and falling asleep during them.
What I mean by waking up is like: do you ever wake up in the middle of the night to the dog wanting to go out, or a noise outside or something? You come awake just enough to process what is going on, and then go back to sleep right away.
For instance: sometimes I'll wake up to the really faint sound of somebody jingling keys outside the kitchen door, but I can figure out that it's just our roomate, and to go back to sleep. Like a very low thread priority or something.
Edit: or you're just a light sleeper, but generally waking up several times a night is not common.
Especially if the TV is on
For example, I use an Xbox One, which to my knowledge doesn't have an IR receiver.
With Netflix if the accelerometer doesn't notice you've fallen for 5 minutes before pausing, that's totally fine. If the user is operating a motor vehicle and has been asleep for 5 minutes it'll be a miracle if they're still alive.
 - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dead_man%27s_switch#Vigilance_...
Atleast that's how I remember it working on Mercedes cars
I don't see any use for it, except perhaps saving bandwidth.
Surely it must takes some time for the device to find out that you're actually sleeping, then you anyway have to rewind back to the point you stopped watching, so I don't think it makes a big difference to go 10 minutes or 1 hour back.
If you leave Netflix running for 9 hours straight it will be pretty difficult to find what time, let alone what episode you fell asleep on.
Orwell saw this coming. Winston Smith watches his exercise program: "6079 Smith W! Bend lower! You're not trying."
If anything the trend of tracking/surveillance with consent is Huxleyish rather than Orwellian.
Only to realize I was the fool. ;)
This is pretty darn awesome! (Darning socks?)
 - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Actigraphy
Might not work if you have cats.
However, there are ways to increase your socks’ accuracy. More on this later.
...but then they wouldn't be able to sell you special socks.
If you want to watch their shows too much, download them illegally via file sharing services. They can arrest a very limited number of people, and by engaging in such activity you lower other people's chances to be persecuted.
For something I buy, it's another matter altogether. I don't want something that I own to be limited in how I use it, like only playing on certain devices, or a certain number of times. So as a result, I'm not real wild about spending any money on Blu-Ray discs, which had strong DRM and can only be played on certain players or with certain software. (AFAIK, you still can't watch Blu-Ray movies on Linux, which to me is pretty much a deal-breaker since I use my laptop for things like that constantly, including watching Netflix.) Worse, because of DRM, these limitations could change in the future, which is entirely unacceptable.
I know it's a bit of a gray line, but I just don't see subscription services the same way, because I don't actually own anything there, I'm just buying access to a store of online content.