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California Smartphone Kill-Switch Law: What It Means
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Ashu001
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Ashu001,
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9/23/2014 | 1:07:04 PM
Re: Start the clock
meijac,

You know what could be really-really cool?

If you had Smartphones/Smartwatches which had the ability to "TAZE" attackers just like in those Bond Movies;they would be best-sellers amongst Women everywhere.

Sure,On One Charge you won't get more than a couple of Tazes at best.

But it would be Mega-useful for Women ,especially those who work Late Nights everywhere.

What do you think?

Wonder what's stopping Smartphone Companies from developing something along those lines today.
Jeffrub1
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9/3/2014 | 4:18:30 PM
Unpredictable data safety
While the specter of disabled devices will likely reduce hardware theft, the possibility of immediate SIM pull or turned-off-radio blocking the disablement means that data mining will still be a threat.  This is especially troubling for businesses who may harbor hope that the new capabilities will effectively eliminate corporate data breaches on BYOD devices.
escher
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escher,
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9/3/2014 | 4:44:28 AM
Slippery slope
What's next - installing a chip in our children to turn them catatonic if kidnapped?
Shane M. O'Neill
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Shane M. O'Neill,
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9/2/2014 | 4:32:26 PM
Re: How do you kill it?
Ok, I see. You can send a text message to kill it. I was thinking you would need to receive a text to kill it. Doh. Silly me. 
GAProgrammer
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GAProgrammer,
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9/2/2014 | 4:25:34 PM
Re: How do you kill it?
Actually, text messaging would be great. Someone snatches your phone while you are out with friends? No problem! Borrow their phone and text the "kill phrase" to yours and it's shutdown in seconds. Also, there are multiple websites that allow you to text any phone in the US. It's a reasonable way to handle the problem yourself.
mejiac
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mejiac,
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9/2/2014 | 3:55:14 PM
Re: Start the clock
@Ashu001,

Very true, and there is high demand in a market where consumers have less buying power, specially in third world countries.

Like everything else, nothing will ever be theft proof, but providers and manufacturers try to limit it as best as they can.
tkeller852
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tkeller852,
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9/1/2014 | 11:27:18 PM
More on low value
I wondered just why the essentually no response attitude on the part of the local authorities but did not get a straight answer about it.  i would be surprised if the park is well connected from it's overhead appearance.  I got the idea they just consider the value of a cell phone not worth their attention.  They would, I am sure, if pressed claim insufficient resources.
Li Tan
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Li Tan,
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9/1/2014 | 10:48:58 AM
Re: Government activated kill switch
This is a tricky thing - even if we activated kill switch by law, how about those legacy phones? They will exist for long time and the effect of the law will materialize only in the long run.
BillB031
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BillB031,
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9/1/2014 | 7:36:56 AM
Re: Government activated kill switch
Seems like the Government is less concerned about theft, and more about disabling potential organizing of civil insurrection of one form or another....  Why the heck does the government care if you left your cell phone in a bar somewhere, or somebody lifted it out of your unlocked car?  
shamika
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shamika,
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8/31/2014 | 11:58:51 PM
Re: Government activated kill switch
@BillB031 – yes authorities have the legal right to interrupt telecommunications services, but do they really have to do this? What's the ultimate objective?
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