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anon9482448355
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anon9482448355,
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10/30/2014 | 9:00:34 AM
Criminal
On the basis there is any truth in this - they are protecting criminals - which is an equal criminal offence - and they should be liable for all thefts they are protecting!

"Samsung provided email evidence to the San Francisco District Attorney's office that Gascon said, "suggest[s] that the carriers are rejecting a technological solution so they can continue to shake down their customers for billions of dollars in (theft) insurance premiums.""
Joe Stanganelli
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Joe Stanganelli,
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11/30/2013 | 11:12:26 PM
Works both ways
A thought just occurred to me: The problem with taking published advice in technology media regarding effective-yet-easy-to-remember password formats is that password crackers read the same advice.
Brian.Dean
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Brian.Dean,
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11/30/2013 | 1:03:46 PM
Re: Data vs Devices
WKash, thanks for the link, it fits in nicely with this article. All this talk has remember me that I should backup my phone just in case.
Brian.Dean
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Brian.Dean,
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11/30/2013 | 1:00:00 PM
Re: Find My iPhone
Laurianne, yes even if only a small proportion of users forget their phones in public, the proportion that do actually forget it will realize the value of creating a provision to take over in the event that it does happen. Better to be safe than sorry.
Joe Stanganelli
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Joe Stanganelli,
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11/29/2013 | 7:43:18 PM
Re: LoJack
@mak63: Of course not...but that's just the point: it's how the technology is used.  Any service provider selection should be made with a view of how the technology will be used by the provider, how your privacy will be respected and protected, and what rights you have.
Joe Stanganelli
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11/29/2013 | 7:39:17 PM
Re: Wake up, people
@samicksha: There are times that can work for you though -- to extract yourself from situations you'd rather not attend to.

I know of at least one app that lets you fake phone calls.  You set the timer for when you want it to "call" you, and your phone will ring and act as if you have an incoming call from any particular contact of your choosing.

It will even play one side of the conversation to give you prompts, in case you are unimaginative.
mak63
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11/29/2013 | 6:14:01 PM
Re: LoJack
@Joe Stanganelli,
You can't really blame the technology for the way is used, can you?
Susan Fourtané
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Susan Fourtané,
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11/29/2013 | 1:22:43 PM
Re: Don't buy insurance?
Paul, 

Well, that's true, too. I am like you. I am careful, and don't have insurance. 

-Susan 
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11/29/2013 | 1:18:28 PM
Re: Don't buy insurance?
I understand the reasoning I just don't agree with it. People who are careless with their phone will be regardless of insurance. IMO.
Susan Fourtané
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11/29/2013 | 7:34:23 AM
Re: Don't buy insurance?
Paul,

Some people rely on their insurance, and that makes them be careless. If they don't buy insurance for their phone they may become more conscious about what they do with it, where they put it, how they handle it. 

Pleanty of times phones are stolen because the owner is almost yelling "here, see how easy it is to take my phone from me". 

-Susan
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