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danielcawrey
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danielcawrey,
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11/27/2013 | 2:58:18 PM
Re: Wake up, people
What a whole scam on the insurance bit! I never even realized that these wireless carriers that try to be all cute and cuddly on television commercials are fleecing people in the form of this ridiculous insurance. 

Okay, it does make sens for people who are using their devices in harsh environments or are perhaps a little more clumsy than the norm, but what about all of the rest of the people paying these premiums and geeting ripped off as a result?
wht
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wht,
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11/27/2013 | 2:04:09 PM
Re: Wake up, people
What about those looking at their phones so intently they bump into you on the sidewalk, or walk into traffic at the intersection, not looking or even realizing they are no longer on the sidewalk! 

I recently saw a guy in his 20's listening to music with earbuds walk into a busy 2 lane road.  He stayed on the center line about 100 ft, never looking back for traffic that was approaching him from a signal light that turned green in his direction, then he slowly moved to the center of the lane for another 150-200 ft before angling towards the curb and sidewalk.  It was almost dark then and a miracle he was not run down by someone who didn't expect a pedestrian in the lane!  This was 1 block from a Calif State University campus in an area where students park in a residental neighborhood to avoid paying for parking on campus.  I though about honking my horn as I passed, but that might have caused him to make a bad maneuver and get hurt.
WKash
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11/27/2013 | 1:41:53 PM
Data vs Devices
The sooner we move to smart phones that rely on data kept in the cloud instead of on their devices, the better.  InformationWeek contributor Ashok Sankar, who works with the Defense Department's classified data networks, makes a good case about that elsewhere on the site. See "Keep Data Off Mobile Devices & Away From Adversaries" by Ashok Sankar http://add.vc/fZy #

 
Gary_EL
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Gary_EL,
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11/27/2013 | 1:27:39 PM
Re: Wake up, people
Thomas, you are so right, it's great to raise the issue so that maybe some people will at least start to think about it.

I wonder if it's a good guess that, with cloud computing becoming an ever greater factor in everyone's digital life, more and more of the overall expense of using these these devices will be in various subscriptions to different online services and programs, and less and less in the physical device itself? That way, loss of the device will be less costly, and less profitable to any malefactor.
Thomas Claburn
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11/27/2013 | 1:15:25 PM
Re: Wake up, people
>No software program can protect someone from their own stupidity

But hopefully raising the issue can make people more aware without the wake-up call of being victimized.
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11/27/2013 | 1:02:50 PM
Find My iPhone
The first time you leave the iphone somewhere public, you realize the value of having this option -- and having password protected the phone. And you will leave it somewhere. It is a matter of when, not if.
Gary_EL
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11/27/2013 | 12:47:06 PM
Wake up, people
I find it simply amazing that people on the street completely ignore their surroundings and allow themselves to become as absorbed in their cell phone conversations as if they were safely ensconsed in the safety of their own homes. These devices can cost $500 and more; they are almost as good as cash, and these people are setting themseves up for a mugging. No software program can protect someone from their own stupidity
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