$150 "Qux" gadget sure looks a lot like this generic Linux TV box that wholesalers list for $15

There’s some buzz on the internet about the Qux (“Cucks”, see), a mysterious gadget being marketed at Trump supporters. Its Indiegogo campaign went into orbit, with more than a thousand people apparently ponying up $150 or more to pre-order one.

The brainchild of former Infowars reporter Millie Weaver, the Qux has succeeded in spite of or because of that lack of specificity, raising more than $170,000 on crowdfunding site Indiegogo with a promise to create electronic “portals” free from censorship. The Qux is coming, whether anyone involved knows what it is or not.

The Qux looks slightly different in different marketing photos and renders at Indiegogo, but the Qux is clearly a generic linux TV box you can buy wholesale from the factory. This one is listed from $4.90 a box, but the listing implies that this is just for a business-to-business sample. If you want to buy them by the crate, $15.50 a box is what you’ll pay.

Note that the description says “Amlogic”, but it’s unlikely to have anything to do with that company (excepting that it might be a knockoff of an Amlogic product, and they’re putting its name in the title for SEO). These alibaba boxes come direct from Shenzhen, not via Santa Clara.

Given that censorship and privacy are the watchworks here, I’m sure we’d all love to hear team Qux’s plans to audit the hardware, firmware and operating system of a product very likely subsidized by the government of the People’s Republic of China.

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