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Some years ago (before autosave was commonplace) I switched from one ASCII editor that might ask me "You have unsaved changes! Do you want to save them before exiting?" and I happily hit the "Y" key, to another one that asked me "You have unsaved changes! Do you really want to exit without saving them?". By a ten year old habit I happily hit "Y". Not so happily when I discovered what I had just confirmed. For a few months, I had the highest swearing frequency I have had throughout my life.
But it seems that while the loudspeakers are in stand by mode the pairing is free and automatic... no need to press any button or doing any action in the loudspeaker side.
For this reason my wife got a big scare as the loudspeakers started playing music at maximum volume suddenly while I was at a business travel as one neighbor decided to pair his phone with our loudspeakers.
The KEF technical support guy has told me this is "by design" and that I should unplug the loudspeakers to avoid this...
Given I have spent 400€ with the loudspeakers and that they sit on a sit/stand desk, in the back of two 24" monitors and the plug is under a lid, you can imagine how happy I am now...
Of course I'm worried that: I could get my loudspeakers broken given a happy neighbor can decide to get them playing at maximum volume at will, I can have legal problems because the loudspeakers could start playing at maximum volume during nights if I'm not home, we can get scares at any moment.
Is there any rule on the bluetooth 4.0 protocols/specifications that force the pairing process to have some human participation (pressing a button, entering a password...) to be able to establish a connection?
Having just read the wiki on Bluetooth there does not appear to be any mandatory password protected handshake required.
One concern I would have is if the speaker also has a microphone.
I have a bluetooth speaker that has a microphone (Betron KS808) and I leave it switched off when not using it partly for this reason.
“That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence.”
I don't think a good or secure design is any legal obligation.
Can't you return your loudspeakers, get your money back and get another one?
This is definitely a defect in the product, even if it's "by design".
I'd raise some hell over this over at KEF EGG and write a bunch of VERY negative reviews on Amazon, their website, etc.
If they don't comply (although I think there ARE laws for that) you could even find a leading news website and threaten to share your story.
It may somehow be in conflict with GDPR if it has a mic or remembers some of your preferences for example.
I'll contact them again to see if they can offer a firmware update to solve this, but given their initial answer this is "by design"...
The #InternetOfShit isn't limited to devices with wifi/cellular connectivity. Any sort of wireless link is sufficient.
Did you ever see history portrayed as an old man with a wise brow and pulseless heart, weighing all things in the balance of reason?
Is not rather the genius of history like an eternal, imploring maiden, full of fire, with a burning heart and flaming soul, humanly warm and humanly beautiful?
Training a telescope on one’s own belly button will only reveal lint. You like that? You go right on staring at it. I prefer looking at galaxies.
-- Sarah Hoyt
I've worked with Bluetooth (classic) and BLE (Limited Energy) a bit with Android, Arduino etc.
The only relevance that may have to this is that it _should_ be quite easy to open up the speakers and de-solder the connection for the Bluetooth device. You _should_ be able to disable (desolder) the Bluetooth component if you can get into the speakers.
However, the problem may be with opening up the speakers. I know a lot of times with consumer products they basically have no way in without destroying the outer appearance. Is this a possibility? Can you get into the electronics without destroying the appearance. If you can you can surely remove the Bluetooth capability and still have functioning speakers.
BTW that is unfortunate that is such a terrible design.
You say it connects when in standby mode, but whilst powered up you have to fiddle with buttons to connect?
So why not just leave it permanently powered up? Just turn down volume or supply no signal?
Oh and buy another speaker of same make and give it to the neighbour then connect periodically and mess with them!
Unless you're using Class 1, the range should be "about" 30 feet or less.
So, HE'S IN YOUR HOUSE!!!
The Master said, 'Am I indeed possessed of knowledge? I am not knowing. But if a mean person, who appears quite empty-like, ask anything of me, I set it forth from one end to the other, and exhaust it.'
― Confucian Analects
I am not objecting to that ... as long as we are willng to take the consequences of it. Like, to follow up your example, every area below an altitude of a hundred meters being flooded. If that is OK with us, why worry about the climate?
Or, the artic and antarctic ice melting (well, this is related to the ocean level), with whatever effect that will have on the average temperature on Earth, possibly killing off major parts (or all!) of humanity. If that is OK with us, why worry about the climate?
Sure: We have got air condition systems, so global heating won't bother us. Our electricity bill may go up somewhat, but we can affort it.