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Smartphone Kill-Switch Bill Resurrected In Calif.

Supporters of the legislation insist smartphone kill-switches must ship enabled.
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Joe Stanganelli
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5/10/2014 | 6:45:14 AM
Re: Kill switch - Dumb idea for smart phones
Right; the only difference is that if you try calling a government agency (say, the NSA) and saying, "Hey, can you shut down my smartphone for me?  I think someone stole it," you'll probably be less than successful.
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5/9/2014 | 7:40:52 PM
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Thomas Claburn
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5/9/2014 | 5:19:58 PM
Re: Kill switch - Dumb idea for smart phones
>A kill switch would be the perfect way to shutdown a "Twitter Revolution" by shutting down any phones used to coordinate a protest.

Authorities can already shut down mobile phones without a kill switch. San Francisco's transit agency BART did so, with the help of a contract service provider that links BART stations to mobile networks, in 2011 because of concerns about a protest.
TitaniumDragon
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5/9/2014 | 3:38:28 PM
These guys are clueless
1) Any remotely activated kill switch can be activated maliciously by hackers, social engineers, or disgruntled employees, screwing people over. And it will inevitably happen. Hopefully, people will kill every single smart phone owned by everyone who voted for this bill in the first week so that they get how stupid they are. But they'll just blame everyone else for their own stupidity.

 

2) Unless the phone is irreversibly bricked, you can just reset it to factory settings or wipe the phone and reinstall the OS and you're good to go. So it is utterly pointless, or it leads to massive shenanigans.
ANON1241631011972
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5/9/2014 | 2:31:09 PM
Re: Kill switch - Dumb idea for smart phones
You talk as if the Twitter app tells which device posted the tweet.  That is just silly!  Twitter only knows your user handle.  It doesn't know the device ID of the phone or computer you are posting from. 
ANON1241631011972
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5/9/2014 | 2:27:12 PM
Kill Switch is not the Solution
Much better for Wireless carriers to block phones reported stolen from using the network until they are returned to their owners.  Unique information identifying the phone is in the phone hardware and carriers could have a database of stolen device numbers.  Not only would this allow the killing the device, using GPS, it could also allow tracking down the thieves.
albert911emt
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5/9/2014 | 11:51:34 AM
Re: Unnecessary
Everything you said is true, but there's one problem.....the wireless companies still allow those stolen phones to be used later on. The only reason people are pushing the kill switch idea is to go around the wireless companies to make sure the stolen devices aren't used, since the wireless companies will not cooperate anyway.
Laurianne
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5/9/2014 | 11:25:31 AM
Smartphone theft
See Dark Reading's related story on smartphone theft -- including one smart user who foiled a return-the-phone scam.
JanusM681
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5/9/2014 | 10:23:10 AM
Kill switch - Dumb idea for smart phones
A kill switch would be the perfect way to shutdown a "Twitter Revolution" by shutting down any phones used to coordinate a protest.
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