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Comment: Re:Go to hell (Score 4, Interesting) 218

by Kenshin (#46622001) Attached to: Smartphone Kill-Switch Could Save Consumers $2.6 Billion

This goes a bit further than remote wiping.

It's already somewhat available with iOS devices, and is completely under the user's control. Basically, without your AppleID and password, the phone cannot be wiped and reactivated by a thief, essentially making it a fancy paperweight. (So it's not really a "kill switch", just a really strong theft deterrent.) The owner can wipe it themselves remotely, for security, but it would still *also* require their AppleID and password inputted directly into the device to reactivate it.

It's been working since September, and no one's found a way to bypass it. (Yet.)

Comment: iOSification? (Score 5, Insightful) 965

by Kenshin (#43165153) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Mac To Linux Return Flow?

The "iOSification" of OS X is overblown hyperbole at the moment. Yes, Apple's simplified some of the core apps like iPhoto. Yes, Apple's made the Calendar app fugly. They added the "Launchpad", which you never have to actually see unless you invoke it, and they added the Gatekeeper security feature, which you can switch off with a few clicks of the mouse.

They also recently got rid of the guy who was responsible for some of that stuff, so we may see a roll back on the nasty skeumorphic nonsense.

The core OS, and its UX in general, are still excellent, and every single app distributed outside of the App Store still have as much freedom as they used to.

Remember, UNIX spelled backwards is XINU. -- Mt.