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Tracking Thieves With 'Find my iPhone'

CmdrTaco posted more than 4 years ago | from the because-you-can dept.

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An anonymous reader wrote in to say "A friend of mine who just got an iPhone 3GS and has Mobile Me just used the "Find my iPhone" feature to track down his lost and subsequently stolen iPhone. This story involves three nerds wandering sketchy streets with a MacBook, and ends with a confrontation at a bus stop."

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Please Drop the Us V Them Mentality (-1, Flamebait)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 4 years ago | (#28422639)

It was a Puerto Rican neighborhood.

Us three skinny white guys walked at a rapid pace in the direction of the circle.

It talked to you in Spanish. And you saw three skinny white guys prowling in the street with a laptop computer open.

So you take off down the road, and to your shock and horror, the honkeys follow you.

Nice story and great news for iPhone users. Glad you got your phone back. I'm also glad the altercation ended without violence. I could have done without the above emphasized details. I'm not exactly sure what ethnicity had to do with the theft or why I had to be reminded that you're white ... or why you would assume that the thief uses racial slurs to identify Caucasian people.

Re:Please Drop the Us V Them Mentality (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28422747)

I don't see him implying ethnicity had anything to do with the thief. However, being the wrong race in any neighbor hood isn't easy and it's an important part of the story.

Re:Please Drop the Us V Them Mentality (5, Insightful)

conspirator57 (1123519) | more than 4 years ago | (#28422941)

perhaps because you have a self deprecating sense of humor?

amongst other things, i'm an American of predominately Scottish and Dutch descent, and i refer to myself by a large variety of slurs.

maybe we'd all be better off as a society if everyone just took a chill pill and enjoyed a good laugh at our own and each others' shared expense without getting so wrapped up in labels that most people don't even know the origin of.

Re:Please Drop the Us V Them Mentality (4, Insightful)

JCSoRocks (1142053) | more than 4 years ago | (#28423207)

Seriously, can we make the PC train stop? It's ruining comedy. I can't believe comedians are apologizing for half of what they say now. It makes you wonder if Richard Pryor, as he was, could even exist in 2009.

Re:Please Drop the Us V Them Mentality (5, Funny)

damburger (981828) | more than 4 years ago | (#28423471)

Being dead, he clearly could not.

Re:Please Drop the Us V Them Mentality (1)

dzfoo (772245) | more than 4 years ago | (#28423799)

Which begs the question, if a dead man falls in the forest, does it really exist?

      -dZ.

Re:Please Drop the Us V Them Mentality (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28423043)

I believe the point in constantly referring to the ethnicity of their 3 man crew was that 1) they were in an area predominantly occupied by another ethnicity which often leads to violence according to the area 2) there's nothing _less_ intimidating than 3 scrawny white guys... seriously.. what combination of people is less intimidating based solely on ethnicity and bein' scrawny?

Re:Please Drop the Us V Them Mentality (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28423275)

How come the story doesn't refer to three gay boys cruising around a macho neighbourhood while hunting for a ring?

Re:Please Drop the Us V Them Mentality (5, Informative)

Old97 (1341297) | more than 4 years ago | (#28423271)

I tend to agree with you, but I live in Chicago a few files from the area he's talking about. I been there a few times. Generally in our big cities and Chicago for sure, race or ethnicity can matter - more so in some neighborhoods than in others. It's a fact relevant to the story. I suppose he dwelled on it a bit to heighten the drama for his readers - playing on their own fears/prejudices. If he were a black man writing about 3 black geeks in a white or hispanic neighborhood would you have been offended?

Re:Please Drop the Us V Them Mentality (2, Insightful)

Angostura (703910) | more than 4 years ago | (#28423325)

Perhaps he was trying to explain the part of the story where he translated the message into Spanish. Or should he have self-censored that aspect?

Re:Please Drop the Us V Them Mentality (5, Informative)

happywaffle (664189) | more than 4 years ago | (#28423347)

Author here.

First, I was being self-deprecating, since I felt like the opposite of a badass iPhone tracker as we walked up and down this block.

Second, ethnicity is completely relevant to the story in that we were out of our element and quite visible prowling up and down the street with our laptop. The stares of the local residents confirmed this.

Third, other than the self-deprecation, I don't believe I said a single negative thing about anyone's race.

Re:Please Drop the Us V Them Mentality (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28423707)


An Essay on Race
by me, Anonymous Coward

Yesterday, me and my friends were walking through an inner-city neigborhood. Everyone we saw there was black. The houses looked really unkempt, some even had broken windows. I looked in some of them, and saw black people looking back at me. We felt really uncomfortable, since we were white and everyone else we saw there was black. We passed a group of people on the sidewalk, everyone of whom was black. We were white. They gave us weird looks, presumably because we were white and they were black. We saw a bunch of kids playing on a yard, they were playing soccer or something. They were all black. We walked past them and we were white. After about fifteen minutes of walking, we finally made it out of that place, and took a taxi downtown. The taxi driver was Puerto Rican or something.

The End

Re:Please Drop the Us V Them Mentality (1)

flibuste (523578) | more than 4 years ago | (#28423845)

So, nothing in your text correspond to anything said by the author. Aren't you glad you made an arse of yourself, once again?

Re:Please Drop the Us V Them Mentality (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28423831)

You don't have to say anything negative to be labeled a racist.

Since you dared to even *mention* the race of a minority group, you deserve to be strung up in public by your toenails.

Re:Please Drop the Us V Them Mentality (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28423535)

It was a Puerto Rican neighborhood.

Us three skinny white guys walked at a rapid pace in the direction of the circle.

It talked to you in Spanish. And you saw three skinny white guys prowling in the street with a laptop computer open.

So you take off down the road, and to your shock and horror, the honkeys follow you.

Nice story and great news for iPhone users. Glad you got your phone back. I'm also glad the altercation ended without violence. I could have done without the above emphasized details. I'm not exactly sure what ethnicity had to do with the theft or why I had to be reminded that you're white ... or why you would assume that the thief uses racial slurs to identify Caucasian people.

Not to mention the (not ironic, just stupid) slur used for whitey

Re:Please Drop the Us V Them Mentality (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28423547)

You are the one drawing attention to ethnicity. The are different races accept it.

Oh no! A ticket from the PC police! (4, Interesting)

SuperKendall (25149) | more than 4 years ago | (#28423725)

I'm not sure what your problem was given the account was factual.

Would you rather they have said "Uniquely singular ethnic neighborhood"? Would that have actually served to illustrate what they did was kind of a bad idea?

Why should people be forced to lie because you feel uncomfortable with the truths of how some areas of a city are? Is it not true there are some ethnic areas of a city that are a bit dangerous to wander around in if you are not of that ethnicity?

Re:Please Drop the Us V Them Mentality (5, Funny)

dtmancom (925636) | more than 4 years ago | (#28423767)

In the future history of Star Trek, mankind was only able to evolve beyond petty political correctness with the Zephram Cochrane's 2nd most famous invention: anti-wadding panties. When no one was able to get their panties in a wad, everyone was finally able to relax and stop being personally wounded by silly words. See also: Zephram Cochrane's business rival, the invention of Skin Thickiner. Never made it to market because the FDA wouldn't approve over the counter DNA therapy. Some say Cochrane used a portion of his crazy warp-drive money to bribe FDA officials. We may never know.

Walking around "sketchy streets" a Macbook? (5, Insightful)

MiKM (752717) | more than 4 years ago | (#28422689)

I would have been somewhat amused if their laptop got stolen as well. Yes, I know I'm a terrible person.

Re:Walking around "sketchy streets" a Macbook? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28422847)

Then the story wouldn't have been told.
They'd just walk away whistling.

Re:Walking around "sketchy streets" a Macbook? (4, Funny)

eln (21727) | more than 4 years ago | (#28423151)

That wouldn't be a problem, he's got an app to track his MacBook on his iPhone. Oh, wait...

Re:Walking around "sketchy streets" a Macbook? (5, Funny)

dupup (784652) | more than 4 years ago | (#28423307)

I would have been somewhat amused if their laptop got stolen as well. Yes, I know I'm a terrible person.

Exactly, to put it differently, "steal an iPhone one day and have a free laptop delivered to you the next."

LoJack for your iPhone? (5, Funny)

Lucas123 (935744) | more than 4 years ago | (#28422707)

In other related news, the number of deaths among tech nerds increased this month, some officials believe as a direct result of iPhone owners attempting to retrieve their stolen phones from violent thugs.

Re:LoJack for your iPhone? (4, Insightful)

mveloso (325617) | more than 4 years ago | (#28422831)

It's this mentality of urban fear that shows how screwed up US cities really are.

Re:LoJack for your iPhone? (5, Insightful)

happywaffle (664189) | more than 4 years ago | (#28423117)

Yeah, that's kind of what I think with every "You're glad you didn't get shot!" comment. It wasn't that bad a neighborhood. There was a kid's birthday party going on on the corner, for God's sake. And the number of thieves who are packing heat and ready to use it is relatively small. Not saying I wasn't acting a *mite* imprudently - we were just acting in the moment - but I still don't feel particularly foolish in retrospect.

Re:LoJack for your iPhone? (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28423235)

No, it shows how screwed up US suburbanites are. People that actually live in the city are mostly level headed about the "dangers" of the city.

Re:LoJack for your iPhone? (1)

hedwards (940851) | more than 4 years ago | (#28423269)

Not really, name me one place where going to find somebody that you know is receiving stolen goods doesn't raise that possibility. This is hardly just an urban thing, trying to get things back from thieves is potentially very dangerous, you never know when that thief is going to turn out to be a two strikes offender.

Re:LoJack for your iPhone? (1)

clone53421 (1310749) | more than 4 years ago | (#28423393)

If the thief was a two-strikes offender he should be glad that the cops didn't get involved. The property can be returned and everyone walks away.

Re:LoJack for your iPhone? (3, Insightful)

mcgrew (92797) | more than 4 years ago | (#28423461)

Indeed. I live about three blocks west of 11th street, anything east of that is the ghetto. My favorite bar is on 15th street, and I walk there frequently. Aside from hookers and dope dealers soliciting me, I've had no problems despite my hazel eyes. Now, if I were to "go off" on one of these folks, I'd probably be in trouble.

Re:LoJack for your iPhone? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28423515)

Mentality of urban fear?

I couldn't agree more. The prevailing mentality of responding to violent thugs with fear and avoidance is precisely what is wrong with most US cities. It does nothing but reinforce and enable the thug's antisocial behavior.

But I suspect you weren't advocating changing laws to allow people the means to defend themselves from physical violence (aka guns so they can shoot the bastards).

Re:LoJack for your iPhone? (3, Insightful)

BrokenHalo (565198) | more than 4 years ago | (#28423529)

It's this mentality of urban fear that shows how screwed up US cities really are.

True, but even so, TFA's author's actions are very much those of an optimist. He could easily have been shot or had the crap kicked out of him.

I would suggest that a pragmatic approach might be the ability to remotely disable the phone totally so that it has to be sent some sort of authenticated authorisation code to be used at all.

Re:LoJack for your iPhone? (1)

pete-classic (75983) | more than 4 years ago | (#28423071)

Weird. Most of the geeks I know are far from defenseless.

-Peter

Re:LoJack for your iPhone? (5, Funny)

skine (1524819) | more than 4 years ago | (#28423853)

Weird. Most of the geeks I know are far from defenseless.

-Peter

Yes, but trebuchets and USB missile launchers aren't very good at short range defense.

Amazed ... (1)

OzPeter (195038) | more than 4 years ago | (#28422791)

From TFA

"I'd been amazed that the phone had enough battery life to make it through the night and still beam its location;"

How much juice does one of these things consume??

Re:Amazed ... (1)

Norsefire (1494323) | more than 4 years ago | (#28422889)

How much juice does one of these things consume??

While they're constantly pushing data? About as long as a standard phone lasts while browsing the web.

Re:Amazed ... (1)

L3370 (1421413) | more than 4 years ago | (#28422935)

They might be speaking of the battery usage of GPS rather than battery use of the phone in general. If they were constantly looking for the phone via GPS I can understand their amazement. Try using a handheld GPS device and many of them crap out within hours without a plugin.

Re:Amazed ... (2, Interesting)

happywaffle (664189) | more than 4 years ago | (#28423135)

I'd been using it all day the day before, so its battery was already pretty low. So, it was bound to hit zero at some point.

Re:Amazed ... (4, Funny)

T Murphy (1054674) | more than 4 years ago | (#28423391)

How much juice does one of these things consume??

I've poured a whole gallon of orange juice on my iPhone and it still won't turn on. I've got to run to the store to get more- I think I'll try grapefruit this time. I wish they would warn me about this when I bought the phone- juice is way too expensive these days.

Memo to self (5, Insightful)

davidwr (791652) | more than 4 years ago | (#28422795)

When stealing electronic equipment immediately disable all radios or remove all batteries.

While I'm at it remember to never plug it into any network until I'm sure it's not going to phone home.

Re:Memo to self (1)

dzfoo (772245) | more than 4 years ago | (#28422927)

And don't forget the most important lesson: Do not be intimidated by (however many) guys coming at you with a laptop, especially if there's some sort of geeky toy convention nearby.

      -dZ.

Re:Memo to self (4, Funny)

oneirophrenos (1500619) | more than 4 years ago | (#28423011)

Memo to self: do not post plans to steal electronic equipment on /. without ticking the "Post Anonymously" box

Why should he post anonymously? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28423069)

If he did people would think he'll have something to hide.

Re:Memo to self (5, Insightful)

RedK (112790) | more than 4 years ago | (#28423031)

Wait, how do you remove the iPhone's battery again ?

Re:Memo to self (1)

Volante3192 (953645) | more than 4 years ago | (#28423273)

There's an angle that hasn't popped up: impossible to remove batteries = additional theft deterrant.

(No, it's not perfect, you can just turn the stupid thing off, but it's just one extra thing to keep track of, and most criminals don't remember to cover all the bases, especially people who snag lost phones)

Re:Memo to self (1)

hedwards (940851) | more than 4 years ago | (#28423313)

That's why Steve's slaving away at an iZapper app. It randomly zaps the users with about a thousand volts just to make sure they meant to be holding it.

Re:Memo to self (1)

clone53421 (1310749) | more than 4 years ago | (#28423477)

-1 not geeky enough.

A small, portable Faraday cage should do the trick until you're in the clear, when you can take the appropriate steps to make sure the device can't be tracked.

Fiund my iPhone, Now Go Get It (4, Funny)

rodrigoandrade (713371) | more than 4 years ago | (#28422815)

Yeah, the tech works alright, until you find out it's in the hands of a drug lord in the ghetto. Go get it tiger!!

No remote shutoff (2, Interesting)

Norsefire (1494323) | more than 4 years ago | (#28422845)

Something that occurred to me while reading was that if they hadn't found it, while there is a way to remotely wipe the data there isn't a way to remotely lockdown the phone.

A way to remotely set the phone to full volume and play a siren-tone non-stop would be nice too.

Or a remote self-destruct feature.

Honkey? (0, Redundant)

linux_stu (1069148) | more than 4 years ago | (#28422861)

It was a Puerto Rican neighborhood... [people] eyed us three honkeys questioningly.

Why does he feel the need to refer to his friends and himself with such a racially charged word as "hokeys"?

Re:Hokey? (1)

Mr. Firewall (578517) | more than 4 years ago | (#28423007)

Why does he feel the need to refer to his friends and himself with such a racially charged word as "hokeys"?

What's a hokey? Someone from Oklahoma? And what race would that be?

Re:Honkey? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28423617)

If you had to walk through an ethnic neighborhood and started to notice people watching you, most of whom could probably twist you around their little finger without breaking a sweat, you'd probably feel like a honkey too. In other words, out of place, rather uncomfortable, and not willing to stay there any longer than absolutely necessary.

Summary (1)

brunes69 (86786) | more than 4 years ago | (#28422865)

Idiot steals phone

Idiot not keeps using it with the SIM it came with, but also doesn't turn it off, because he is an idiot

People can track down the phone, because, again, the theif is an idiot.

Anyone with a clue knows you can trace a stolen SIM. Most people would just toss the SIM the instant they find any phone they did not plan on returning.

Re:Summary (4, Insightful)

Norsefire (1494323) | more than 4 years ago | (#28422959)

Anyone with a clue knows you can trace a stolen SIM.

Generally people with clues don't steal phones.

Re:Summary (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28423849)

So does that mean most ebay-users are morons?

Re:Summary (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28423081)

I'm not sure who's the bigger idiot, the one you claim is stealing the phones, or you for thinking that most people who steal phones are techies who understand what SIM cards are.

Re:Summary (1)

James Skarzinskas (518966) | more than 4 years ago | (#28423113)

Many new users generally just assume that you're just turning the iPod/iPhone on and off when you're really just toggling standby. Oops.

Single Best Story I have read on Slashdot (4, Interesting)

gubers33 (1302099) | more than 4 years ago | (#28422867)

This is probably one of the more intriguing stories I have read on Slashdot recently. It was both amusing and informative. The best part is that this is pretty much free advertising for "Find my iPhone". Not only free advertising, but great advertising. I would bet money that half the people who read this article are going to download this app when they are done reading for the exact reason they want to be able to find their stolen iPhone.

Re:Single Best Story I have read on Slashdot (2, Informative)

mrdoogee (1179081) | more than 4 years ago | (#28423005)

This service is not just an app though. Find my iPhone requires a MobileMe account ( the new branding of .Mac) which will cost you $99/yr. As a questionably useful insurance policy on finding your phone, not really a good deal, however MobileMe does have many other great features that make it worth the money, but I wouldn't sign up the service just in case I ever lose my phone and want to confront a thief.

ymmv though.

Re:Single Best Story I have read on Slashdot (1)

happywaffle (664189) | more than 4 years ago | (#28423077)

Well, consider that 99% of the use cases are tracking it when you've just flat-out lost it somewhere. I totally did not expect to use it to track a thief. ...Until I did, that is.

Re:Single Best Story I have read on Slashdot (4, Funny)

hesaigo999ca (786966) | more than 4 years ago | (#28423649)

I would use it to purposely lose my phone somewhere where a thief would take it, then track him down and webcam the whole thing, then do a "dog the bounty hunter" session on the guy, come in with guns waving in the air, that would be so cool....I might just youtube this!

Re:Single Best Story I have read on Slashdot (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28423285)

Just so the G1 doesn't feel left out, this is very possible and free on an Android phone. With Latitude enabled on the phone it is simply a matter of signing into iGoogle and checking your Latitude location.

Re:Single Best Story I have read on Slashdot (2, Interesting)

moon3 (1530265) | more than 4 years ago | (#28423373)

Yep, and kudos to Apple marketing team.

I down want to tarnish your enthusiasm for the story, but it has all the signs of an intended viral, paid up by Apple marketing. Do not forget all the stunts they pulled. I would say, 10% this is a genuine story.

This is awesome. (2, Interesting)

SeeSp0tRun (1270464) | more than 4 years ago | (#28422915)

The issue brought up that some folks may get hurt over the service is valid, but that is the fault of the person chasing the offender.

Why not have it endorsed by law enforcement? You go to the police, say my $400 (and to some $600) phone was stolen. Maybe a lawyer can verify this, but I recall the grand theft charge being lowered to something around there.

The issue would be getting the police to believe that the little blue dot is a real blue dot, with someone's real stolen phone at that location.

Re:This is awesome. (0)

MBGMorden (803437) | more than 4 years ago | (#28423089)

I wonder the actual legal standpoint though. Technically, the phone here was not really stolen. It was left behind unattended and then picked up.

There's some grey area on how long it can sit there before someone laying claim to it, but make no mistake that any property left unclaimed will be claimed by someone else. Back in the days we even had the basic concept codified into salvage rights.

Now, any decent person should give the phone back if they can ascertain the owner of it (as the guy in the article was obviously reluctant to do), but still, getting the cops to go after your phone if you lost it but know someone else found it seems like it would be a lot harder than if it was actually stolen.

Re:This is awesome. (3, Informative)

Volante3192 (953645) | more than 4 years ago | (#28423525)

Lifting from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lost,_mislaid,_and_abandoned_property [wikipedia.org] , which is quoting Michael v. First Chicago Corp., 139 Ill. App. 3d 374, 382, 487 N.E.2d 403, 409 (1985):

A finder of property acquires no rights in mislaid property, is entitled to possession of lost property against everyone except the true owner, and is entitled to keep abandoned property

This is likely a clear cut case of mislaid property.

Re:This is awesome. (4, Insightful)

sexconker (1179573) | more than 4 years ago | (#28423127)

Problem:
Police don't give a fuck about you or your phone.

Re:This is awesome. (1)

multipartmixed (163409) | more than 4 years ago | (#28423199)

Tell them you tracked the owner doing 3 mph over the speed limit, and that the phone took a picture of him smoking marijuana.

He'll be served with a no-knock warrant and shot in the face faster than you can say "thank you!"

Re:This is awesome. (1)

damburger (981828) | more than 4 years ago | (#28423611)

And then the police will keep your phone as 'evidence', and it will vanish in the evidence locker alongside everything else valuable.

Re:This is awesome. (4, Funny)

iphayd (170761) | more than 4 years ago | (#28423791)

At least you can verify that it still is in the evidence locker, using MobileMe.

Re:This is awesome. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28423781)

I'd moderate you funny if I had mod points. No cop is going to do jack squat for a 3 mph over, and most of them don't give a shit about weed either.

In fact, here's a (non-exhaustive) list, for the uninitiated, of things most cops don't give a shit about:

– speeding, less than 10 over (unless it's a speed trap, and less than 8 over if it is)
– domestic violence, unless bones are broken, hospitalization results, or many people call it in
– marijuana, unless you're dealing
– underaged drinking
– underaged smoking

About the only thing they will take seriously is DUI/DWI, if the stolen property was worth a lot, or when it involves a gun, hard drugs, prescription drugs, or underaged sex (ZOMG THINK OF THE CHILDREN!).

Re:This is awesome. (1)

1u3hr (530656) | more than 4 years ago | (#28423495)

The issue would be getting the police to believe that the little blue dot is a real blue dot, with someone's real stolen phone at that location.

It wasn't a "blue dot" but a circle, the size of a city block.

Even if the police believed it, they're not going to bust down the doors of a whole apartment building to search for a phone.

Re:This is awesome. (1, Insightful)

icebrain (944107) | more than 4 years ago | (#28423685)

The real issue would be getting the police to care in the first place. They often have bigger things to worry about than random petty thieves; property crimes are probably pretty low on the priority list (unless someone got hurt in the process). They might write up a report declaring it stolen, and put it on a "stolen goods" list, and advise you to call your phone company and get the phone canceled... but unless they're really, really bored, they aren't going to go after it.

Chasing it yourself can be pretty stupid; confronting the thief is beyond idiocy. I'm all for citizens reacting in self-defense when threatened with immediate bodily harm--but that doesn't excuse doing so for mere property crimes, or vigilantism. Chasing criminals and stolen property is the job of the police. One might justify following discreetly and calling in the police from a safe distance, but walking up to a known criminal and saying "hey dude, you stole my phone!" is just plain stupid.

How robust is this service? (1)

goto begin (1338561) | more than 4 years ago | (#28422933)

When the blue ring on the map was quite large, no doubt the phone was indoors - perhaps the apartment block that was mentioned in the story. Aside from the GPS signal being obstructed, what else can go wrong with this service? Do you have to have the GPRS/3G data network enabled and connected? Does the phone have to be on?

Re:How robust is this service? (1)

Norsefire (1494323) | more than 4 years ago | (#28422981)

what else can go wrong with this service

Battery dies (pushing data constantly uses a lot of power) or they turn the phone off.

Beat down (1)

PeeShootr (949875) | more than 4 years ago | (#28422983)

I'd prefer to lose my phone and shell out another $500 then receive a violent beat down at the hands of some street thug.
It was pretty stupid of these guys to go after the phone.

Re:Beat down (1)

DinDaddy (1168147) | more than 4 years ago | (#28423067)

Which is why they need to add the "disable iPhone thief" feature where all the remaining power in the battery is converted to a taser-like discharge through the housing at your command.

Extra fun for hacking into your friends' phones and doing this to them at inopportune times (all of them I guess).

Re:Beat down (1)

cjjjer (530715) | more than 4 years ago | (#28423123)

You would think, but what would be worse:

Having to deal with your friends saying "remember the time when you left your $800 one week old iPhone 3GS at that resturant and someone took it"

Or

Getting beat down by some street thugs trying to get it back.

Most people would have the issue with the friends making fun of them.

Re:Beat down (1)

maxume (22995) | more than 4 years ago | (#28423293)

Or not, they didn't actually get hurt and they got the phone back.

I doubt they even reached 500 car-miles of risk.

Re:Beat down (5, Funny)

Per Wigren (5315) | more than 4 years ago | (#28423297)

I'd prefer to lose my phone and shell out another $500 then receive a violent beat down at the hands of some street thug.

Why would you want to receive a violent beat down at the hands of some street thug?
I'd prefer to just lose my phone and shell out another $500 than receive a violent beat down at the hands of some street thug.

Lose $500 AND get the beatdown...sweet! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28423797)

You're either a masochist, or poor grammaticist.

I'd prefer to lose my phone and shell out another $500 then receive a violent beat down at the hands of some street thug.

It was pretty stupid of these guys to go after the phone.

Dangerous and Stupid (4, Insightful)

RandomUsername99 (574692) | more than 4 years ago | (#28423139)

Being one of the people that has spent a considerable amount of time living in one of those neighborhoods I can definitively say that what this guy did was extremely dangerous and stupid. I wouldn't pull that kind of BS with someone I sorta knew while they were standing in public, let alone in a neighborhood I've never been to before. I'm surprised that the guy who had the phone wasn't using it to call his friends to get down there and kick their asses, if for no other reason than to not appear to have been rolled by 3 scrawny nerds armed with a laptop in broad daylight.

If he stole the phone in the first place, he probably wasn't the most savory character in the world. What if he was on parole/probation/suspended sentence for something serious and could have been locked up? What if he was on some crazy uppers? What if he was actually meeting a large group of his buddies on that street corner? What if he was any of the above *and* armed?

Not trying to be a troll here, but I'm guessing that those guys have never really had their asses handed to them before.

Re:Dangerous and Stupid (1)

archont (1215492) | more than 4 years ago | (#28423745)

Then you'd be shot or beaten up, you wussy. And yes, it was stupid of him to go in unarmed and without a few more people.

It can be turned off.. (2, Insightful)

irchs (752829) | more than 4 years ago | (#28423337)

Provided that the phone doesn't have a pin lock, the Find My iPhone feature can be disabled in the phones preferences, rendering it useless... :(

Does this work outside the U.S.? Overseas? (2, Insightful)

wisebabo (638845) | more than 4 years ago | (#28423463)

Does anyone know if this feature works outside the U.S.? Overseas? If the country the phone is (lost) in does not have Google Maps (like Vietnam) will it just give a geographic coordinate (latitude and longitude)?
Does anyone know if Mobile me will work on a "hacked" iPhone? Unfortunately that's the only kind that works here!
Can the Mobile Me feature be disabled completely by a thief? (I know that the location finding aspect can be disabled by turning off location services, sorry if I spilled the beans). Is it protected by a password? Will it survive SIM removal/replacement? Will it survive a complete OS replacement (I guess not)?
Thanks for any and all answers to these questions!

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