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Re: Proposal for device "enumeration"

From: Cullen Jennings (fluffy) <fluffy@cisco.com>
Date: Thu, 3 Jan 2013 02:12:16 +0000
To: Martin Thomson <martin.thomson@gmail.com>
CC: "public-media-capture@w3.org" <public-media-capture@w3.org>
Message-ID: <C5E08FE080ACFD4DAE31E4BDBF944EB11332BE3E@xmb-aln-x02.cisco.com>

Looks good to me (as long as it has the hash stuff). But I also want an API to get all the Sources including the ones that are not Audio and Video. I think this limiting ourselves to audio and video is going to be a long term mistake. 

On Dec 6, 2012, at 10:57 AM, Martin Thomson <martin.thomson@gmail.com> wrote:

> As discussed on the call, and as no doubt Travis is already typing up,
> here is what I think we need for device enumeration:
> 
> VideoStreamSource and AudioStreamSource each have a static method
> (invoked on the constructor, not an instance) that produces a sequence
> of device identifiers.
> 
>  typedef DOMString DeviceId;
>  partial interface VideoStreamSource {
>    static sequence<DeviceId> getDeviceIds();
>  }
>  partial interface AudioStreamSource {
>    static sequence<DeviceId> getDeviceIds();
>  }
> 
> MediaTrackConstraints has a new constraint called... "deviceId", which
> takes a DeviceId as its value.  This allows an application to select a
> specific device.
> 
> We should *strongly* recommend that device identifiers are persistent
> for a given origin.  However, it MUST NOT be possible to correlate
> between different origins otherwise we may as well sign our own death
> warrants lest the anti-fingerprinting mafia wring our necks for
> wrecking all their efforts.
> 
> This last requirement assumes that the identifier has a non-trivial
> amount of entropy, such as a GUID, which I believe to be the most
> practical method of implementation.  A potential method would be to
> take the stable OS-level identifier; a persistent, browser-generated
> secret; and the origin.  These would be combined and maybe run through
> one of them hashish algorithms [1].
> 
> --Martin
> 
> [1] I hear that's what the kids are all doing nowadays.  Travis lives
> in Washington, so he would have more information on that.
> 
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