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Smartphone Kill Switch, Consumer Boon Or Way For Government To Brick Your Phone?

mcl630 Re:Pictures not just on device (299 comments)

Another false analogy... how many gun locks have remote access capability?

about 4 months ago
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Smartphone Kill Switch, Consumer Boon Or Way For Government To Brick Your Phone?

mcl630 Re:Pictures not just on device (299 comments)

The librarian analogy is false. It's already illegal to give pornography to a minor, a new funding bill wouldn't change that.

Law enforcement has already shown a propensity to do questionable things regarding cellphones. See Stingray and their attempts to search phones without warrants that led to the recent Supreme Court case. Are there existing laws that make it illegal for law enforcement to brick a phone in California? This one just doesn't say. Give them an inch they'll take a mile.

What of others? Can a carrier brick your phone for late payment? Can they brick your phone if you refuse onerous changes to their contract terms mid-contract? If not, what penalties are there for doing so? If you don't think carriers wouldn't screw people over like that, see this article:

http://tech.slashdot.org/story...

about 4 months ago
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Smartphone Kill Switch, Consumer Boon Or Way For Government To Brick Your Phone?

mcl630 Re:Pictures not just on device (299 comments)

What phones from a decade ago could be remotely bricked? I know some recent phones have this capability, but I've never heard of this sort of thing prior to maybe a year ago.

What of the EFF's objections (which are basically what I've been saying)?

about 4 months ago
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Students From States With Faster Internet Tend To Have Higher Test Scores

mcl630 Correlation is not causation (175 comments)

The usual /. refrain of correlation is not causation definately applies here. Mississippi had low test scores long before broadband Internet came along.

about 4 months ago
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Smartphone Kill Switch, Consumer Boon Or Way For Government To Brick Your Phone?

mcl630 Re:Pictures not just on device (299 comments)

Okay, I tracked down the actual bill text:

SB 962

The bill says absolutely nothing about how the kill actually happens and who can do it. The EFF expressed that exact concern here:

EFF letter opposing SB 962

about 4 months ago
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Smartphone Kill Switch, Consumer Boon Or Way For Government To Brick Your Phone?

mcl630 Re:Pictures not just on device (299 comments)

I meant "may not" in the first question.

about 4 months ago
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Smartphone Kill Switch, Consumer Boon Or Way For Government To Brick Your Phone?

mcl630 Re:Pictures not just on device (299 comments)

Does the bill specifically say police may use the kill switch? If so, what penalties are prescribed if they do?

I can't imagine that if a law enforcement agency called, say Verizon, and said kill the phone with number 555-555-1234, that Verizon would say no to them.

about 4 months ago
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Smartphone Kill Switch, Consumer Boon Or Way For Government To Brick Your Phone?

mcl630 Re:Why such paranoia ? (299 comments)

I'm repeating myself from a previous comment, but...

There are already rules as to what the police can and cannot do when seizing a phone... see the recent Supreme Court case.
There don't appear to be any rules as to when/how/if police can use the "kill switch" and it's not defined as to how much or how little they need to know about you to have it bricked. Do they only need a phone number? Something else? Who knows, the law doesn't say. It leaves implementation totally up to the carriers and manufacturers. And they would *never* mess things up would they?

Good point about cell towers and Stringray, they're definately bigger concerns for the time being. We'll have to see how this law is actually implemented.

about 3 months ago
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Smartphone Kill Switch, Consumer Boon Or Way For Government To Brick Your Phone?

mcl630 Re:Why such paranoia ? (299 comments)

There are already rules as to what the police can and cannot do when seizing a phone... see the recent Supreme Court case. There appear to be no rules as to when/how/if they can use the "kill switch".

I totally agree about script kiddies... as I said in one of my earlier posts on this thread, that's the bigger concern I have.

about 3 months ago
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Smartphone Kill Switch, Consumer Boon Or Way For Government To Brick Your Phone?

mcl630 Re:Why such paranoia ? (299 comments)

Phones with SD card slots are a dying breed, like it or not.

about 3 months ago
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Smartphone Kill Switch, Consumer Boon Or Way For Government To Brick Your Phone?

mcl630 Re:Pictures not just on device (299 comments)

Good point, but there are rules in place for handling evidence seized by police, plus the recent Supreme Court ruling regarding searching cell phones. There appear to be no rules as to how/when/if police may use the "kill switch".

about 3 months ago
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Smartphone Kill Switch, Consumer Boon Or Way For Government To Brick Your Phone?

mcl630 Re:Why such paranoia ? (299 comments)

Difficult to prove, particularly is it's a single person who's phone and video is wiped. If it's a large enough group, of course, you get into the Streisand effort as the OP said.

about 3 months ago
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Smartphone Kill Switch, Consumer Boon Or Way For Government To Brick Your Phone?

mcl630 Re:Why such paranoia ? (299 comments)

If they data isn't wiped, it's still present in the flash and it can be recovered one way or another. Why wouldn't they protect against both, phone reuse and data theft? If this law prevents you from remote wiping your data, or leaves you to choose between wiping the data or preventing reuse, it's even stupider than I thought.

about 3 months ago
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Smartphone Kill Switch, Consumer Boon Or Way For Government To Brick Your Phone?

mcl630 Re:Why such paranoia ? (299 comments)

Doesn't the kill switch also wipe the phone? The existing Android Device Manager and whatever Apple's version is called wipe the phone remotely, to protect personal information from the thief.

The beat cop doesn't need a "kill switch", he just has to call the station and they can do it or contact whoever does it, quick enough.

Frankly, I'm more concerned with hackers or script kiddies bricking thousands of phones for lol's, than I am about hypothetical law enforcement abuse of it, but it remains a possibility.

about 4 months ago
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Smartphone Kill Switch, Consumer Boon Or Way For Government To Brick Your Phone?

mcl630 Re:Why such paranoia ? (299 comments)

Your Streisand effect theory works for widespeard bricking, or say a large protestors at a large protest. But it doesn't work on the small scale. Imagine if some poor schumck recorded video on his smartphone of that cop in Ferguson shooting that kid. They'd brick the phone immediately, eliminating the video, and only leaving the schumck's word that he had the video.

about 4 months ago
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Rightscorp's New Plan: Hijack Browsers Until Infingers Pay Up

mcl630 Re:CFAA (376 comments)

Extortion laws ought to apply here as well.

about 4 months ago
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Rightscorp's New Plan: Hijack Browsers Until Infingers Pay Up

mcl630 Re:nuisance fee (376 comments)

As the article states, it's very rarely only $20... they're charging $20 per song. And yes, they expect you to admit guilt along with the payment.

about 4 months ago
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Rightscorp's New Plan: Hijack Browsers Until Infingers Pay Up

mcl630 Re:Tor (376 comments)

I think he's saying use Tor to avoid being caught in the first place. Of course there's nothing stopping Rightscorp from just accusing people at random, since there's absolutely no recourse for the falsely accused but to pay up or lose your Internet connection.

about 4 months ago
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Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

mcl630 Re:Misleading title & summary (579 comments)

I don't really care which way they go. My point was they haven't decided anything, but in typical /. fashion, the summary makes it sound like it's happening.

As for politians making decisions on technology, that's usually a bad idea.

about 4 months ago
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Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

mcl630 Re:Ha ha! (579 comments)

One politician said it failed... all other reports of the project (even very recently) have said it's been a success. The actual article says they are convening a panel of experts to consider whether to go back to Microsoft, so despite the misleading summary here, nothing has been decided.

about 4 months ago

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