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uyouthe
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I had anxiety regarding webcams. I need a webcam every weekday to communicate with my colleagues, so I glued my MacBook's internal webcam and resurrected this ancient artifact.

Yes, I rewired it to use type c. Yes, no thermal shrink, I actually disassembled it and replaced the whole cable. Yes it works.

To those of you who doesn’t want to do it like this or needs portability I recommend a free app called OverSight, it blasts notifications every time the mic or the webcam is enabled. I learned many new things about my apps with it :)

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  • 1
    I was told, by one of my friends who is an apple technician, that everytime the webcam is used the led will also light up and you can't turn it off because they are in series. Don't know if that's actually the case or if they changed that.
  • 7
    I'd like to see a legal requirement requires all cameras and mics to have a visible LED that indicates their status.... and a physical switch that cuts power to them available... and some note about the switch doesn't kill unrelated functions...
  • 0
    @Cyberman

    I've heard the same from someone at Apple.
  • 2
    @Cyberman no. In certain cases you can change the behavior of webcam controller to make its led always be disabled. It’s much harder to do though but still possible.

    Anyway this has nothing to do with my personal anxiety of a camera being constantly facing me
  • 1
    “But you don’t always know if someone is accessing your webcam”

    “And the green Webcam light is most of the time just a Boolean the programmer can manipulate”
  • 2
    @010001111 this is what I’m talking about. Try manipulate a sticker on my webcam or my separate webcam which is physically disconnected
  • 0
    @uyouthe I can manipulate it by scratching it off, LOL!
    I’m so funny!
  • 2
    I have this tiny little folded slip of paper that I slide over my Webcam when I'm not using it. It's the most DIY solution I've ever seen, but it soothes my paranoia anyway.

    EDIT: on my work laptop, that is. My personal laptop just has no Webcam driver installed since I never use it.
  • 0
    @EmberQuill I like painter's tape.

    It's light enough to let someone light through....so I don't get confused by straight black.
  • 2
    On my MacBook Air (previous work lappy), I have a little sliding window. I love it.

    I don’t have one for the MacBook Pro (current work lappy) and it kinda bothers me, not gonna lie.
  • 2
    What about the cameras in your phone?
  • 0
    @EmberQuill slip of paper

    Hot
  • 0
    @uyouthe Though would you trust software rather than hardware?

    And was it just a plain rewiring form USB-A?
  • 1
    Oh, legendary Logitech c270?
  • 3
    @electrineer tape. Tape everywhere. And over microphones as well. Big bro is watching!
  • 0
    @electrineer already taped, faceid works through lidar so I don’t even need a selfie cam
  • 1
    @ScriptCoded no, that’s why I rewired the webcam. I just got a type c to type b cable (that printer square bad boy) and wired it, just matched wire colors and that’s it
  • -1
    @uyouthe not many people realise that face id can be used to cognitive mapping. You can map an entire room / premise / everything around you even better than a camera. Camera has problems with depth but face id lidar wont!

    Its next level surveillance! Worst part is it is not illegal to spy using face id.
  • 0
    @prash32 wrong.

    I read direct lidar output from my iphone x. It's extremely narrow, super harsh in details and obviously colorless. Everything but my face is pretty much incomprehensible
  • -1
    @uyouthe it may be narrow but it can map anything in its range. Face is what you can think they are mapping. They can map object, tables and other surroundings.
  • 0
    @prash32 I fucking know that. Have you seen the actual iPhone X lidar output though? If not, feel free to drop this discussion because I’ve seen it, I have iPhone X
  • 0
    @uyouthe iphone 11 can scan at 150 degree angles. For a change try the output of iphone 11. It has a higher range and perhaps better mapping.
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