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Old 02-08-2014, 06:12 PM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Legislation unveiled Friday in California would require smartphones and other mobile devices to have a "kill switch" to render them inoperable if lost or stolen -- a move that could be the first of its kind in the country.

State Sen. Mark Leno, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon, and other elected and law enforcement officials said the bill, if passed, would require mobile devices sold in or shipped to California to have the anti-theft devices starting next year.

Proposed California Law Would Require 'Kill Switch' For Smartphones | Fox News Latino
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Old 02-08-2014, 06:55 PM
 
Location: northwest Illinois
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Yeah that should work really good! (sarcasm) A band aid for people who don't posses enough common sense to leave their damn phone in their pocket long enough to get away from the crowds and hoodrats before they check the time, or even the guts to stand up to a thief.
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Old 02-09-2014, 01:09 AM
 
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Yeah that should work really good! (sarcasm) A band aid for people who don't posses enough common sense to leave their damn phone in their pocket long enough to get away from the crowds and hoodrats before they check the time, or even the guts to stand up to a thief.
This is not a band-aid. Perhaps you should look up what that term means.

This is a solution. You effectively remove the incentive to steal the device.
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Old 02-09-2014, 02:44 AM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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This is not a band-aid. Perhaps you should look up what that term means.

This is a solution. You effectively remove the incentive to steal the device.
Sounds like another way to make California more expensive. Do these blue states pride themselves on being overpriced?
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Old 02-09-2014, 03:13 AM
 
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Sounds like another way to make California more expensive. Do these blue states pride themselves on being overpriced?
How does it make California more expensive?
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Old 02-09-2014, 07:39 AM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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How does it make California more expensive?
If every phone in California is required to be altered, that's going to raise prices.
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Old 02-09-2014, 09:46 AM
 
Location: Tyler, TX
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Another unnecessary nanny-state law that removes choices from the consumer. Whatever idiots in the California legislature that are wasting time on this should all be replaced ASAP.

Android phones already have a mechanism to perform a hard reset remotely, and if you report to the carrier that your phone has been stolen, it can't be re-activated. There's no need for this law - it's a waste of time and resources in a state that's already billions in the hole.

Stupidity like this is just one of the reasons I left the state I was born and raised in. California is a beautiful state that's been completely ruined by stupid people.
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Old 02-09-2014, 12:43 PM
 
Location: northwest Illinois
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This is not a band-aid. Perhaps you should look up what that term means.

This is a solution. You effectively remove the incentive to steal the device.
Do you think the thief is going to wonder if their targets phone is going to have a kill switch on it?? NO. It IS a band aid solution from the manufacturers to jack up the price of a already overpriced phone, knowing full well that most of the public do not secure their devices! Every moron I see playing with their phone, develops tunnel vision. *POOF* there goes your phone in that kids hand running down the street. Tsk,tsk dummy you. It's just more crap added to crap phones.... MY phone sits in a holster on my left hip, and my firearm is behind me carried SOB style.
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Old 02-09-2014, 06:56 PM
 
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If every phone in California is required to be altered, that's going to raise prices.
Every phone in California will not need to be altered.
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Old 02-09-2014, 07:03 PM
 
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Do you think the thief is going to wonder if their targets phone is going to have a kill switch on it?? NO.
With your short-term outlook, I can see why you ask this. This is a long-term solution that will reduce phone theft over time. Eventually, when [almost] all phones in the hands of consumers have a kill switch, there will be no incentive to steal the phones.
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It IS a band aid solution from the manufacturers to jack up the price of a already overpriced phone, knowing full well that most of the public do not secure their devices!
With the prices as low as they are with the technology in them, it's hard to imagine how they are overpriced. $350 for a new, top of the line, smartphone with no contract is reasonable. How exactly would you expect someone to secure a device like a cell phone? Weld a chain to it and attach it to your ankle?
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Every moron I see playing with their phone, develops tunnel vision. *POOF* there goes your phone in that kids hand running down the street. Tsk,tsk dummy you. It's just more crap added to crap phones.... MY phone sits in a holster on my left hip, and my firearm is behind me carried SOB style.
Ah, so now you're suggesting your band-aid solution. Add a holster and a gun to protect your phone? That's even more ridiculous.
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