- A friend of mine just bought a TV set. <- nothing unusual
- This particular TV set is strangely "slow", i.e. when you press the power on button it takes some time before switching on, with a blue led pulsing for some time before the image appears. <- again, nothing too unusual
- The TV set has a USB port and a Serial one <- this starts to be unusual
- The USB port does seemingly nothing useful and cannot be selected as input <- this is not only unusual, it is also suspect
A quick search revealed that there are strange ways (somehow a cross between a service manual and voodoo ) to actually enable that USB port:
The revelation is (and that explains also why the initial switch-on lag ) that this thingy actually BOOTS a Linux OS :
My friend's TV is a LG, but Samsung appear to work the same (and is also MUCH more/better documented ):
Of course I simply NEED to hack into the damn thingy, for no apparent reason (actually there is a reason, there are "priorities" in the DTV settings which are a nuisance), but I do fear the implications (philosophical ones, not practical ones).
A TV set that boots an OS may also be acceptable , but what will be next?
An "intelligent" powerdrill?
A "smart" toothbrush?
A §@ç#ing coffe machine that will pretend to know more than I do about how to make coffee?