Google and Microsoft Plan Kill Switches On Smartphones
I'm talking Apple specific here but the number of iPhones openly advertised on eBay as "bad IMEI" is beyond a joke. That fact alone and that eBay does nothing to curb this practice tells you something right there. Combine that with the fact that these "bad IMEI" phones still command a very high price, almost as high as a "clean" phone shows that the market in stolen phones is still very much alive.
Despite Apples' best efforts at implementing this kill switch, the second hand iPhone market has now become a gamble, because what you see is just the tip of the ice berg. Leaving aside the more "honest" sellers that openly advertise the phone as "bad IMEI", you have to consider the remaining sellers that son't explisitly state that. You buy a second hand iPhone and it may have a bad IMEI or be iCloud locked to the previous legal owner and you have no way of knowing that in advance.
When Android and MS implement kill switches this current iPhone situation will only just expand to the other platforms. I don't see a reduction in thefts as long as stolen phones still command a hefty resale price, kill switch or not.
SourceForge Appeals To Readers For Help Nixing Bad Ad Actors
They are putting these ads on their site and they are getting the revenue from the ads and they want me to to tell them which ads are appropriate and which are not. For free! Screw you, I already have a paying job, I don't need to do your job for you as well.
Facebook Comment Prompts Arrests In Cyberbullying Suicide Case
They also bullied her offline. Perhaps we can take your suggestion to the next logical step and regulate life. Everyone goes to prison at birth and they only get out when they've demonstrated a certain level of maturity?
Underwater Sonar Linked To Whale Deaths
Wow, interesting choice of words, "some rich, filthy Arab" has an entirely different meaning from "some filthy rich Arab" yet is close enough to slip under the radar. I bet when you talk you're actually calling them "those filthy A - rabs".
Zero Point Energy fund raising now has 121 contributors in 2 days!
...with a quantum flavor. Invented by reputable^H^H^H physicists^H^H^H "software and computer vision specialists". Sounds totally legit, sign me up. I also need to buy a bridge.
Hackaday For Sale, Editors Seek Crowd Funding To Buy It
So the way I see it, the campaign initiator is asking a whole bunch of supporters to buy this site for him at a cost of $540000, the contributors will not be part owners or have any say in the direction the site is run. They'll just get some trinkets in return, stickers, T shirts or some free advertising for a year.
Faculty To Grad Students: Go Work 80-Hour Weeks!
No one is telling anyone to go work 80-100 hrs/week, what they are really talking about is this:
If person A _loves_ what they're doing so much so that they're willing to _voluntarily_ put in a lot of extra time into it (because they love it and can't get enough of it), whereas person B can't wait to finish with the task so they can get on with other (better) things in life, then the odds of person A succeeding in that field is astronomically (get it?) better than person B.
BitTorrent Tries To Appease Users By Making Torrent Ads Optional
And stop paying top actors $50M per movie, find some good fresh blood who will work for a reasonable fee.
Hollywood Sets $10 Billion Box Office Record
The continued litigation by the various **AA agencies has nothing to do with protecting their revenue stream from piracy or whatever other valid sounding official excuse they use. It is simply another revenue stream. As long as they generate some income through bullying and intimidation, by abusing the law, or other dubious extorsion practices, they will continue to do so as just another way of "doing business".
Scientists Try To Make Robots More Human
We're all robots, we're just presently the more advanced model, trying to degign and create an even more advanced model that will obsolete us. Clever eh?