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Comment: Re:Why such paranoia ? (Score 5, Insightful) 205

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.

Comment: Re:Why such paranoia ? (Score 4, Insightful) 205

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.

Comment: Re:Ha ha! (Score 5, Informative) 565

by mcl630 (#47699363) Attached to: Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

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.

Comment: Re:Equally suspect (Score 1) 306

by mcl630 (#47570903) Attached to: Amazon's eBook Math

The same applies to Cellphones.
And yet Apple takes about 90% of the profits.

Selling at a loss and making up for it in volume does not seem to have worked for all the other phone manufacturers. And Apple is selling at a premium.

Tell that to Samsung... they're doing just fine. And LG, and Motorola, and Lenovo, etc... Only HTC is hurting, and even they just turned a profit for the first time in awhile.

Comment: Re:What?!? (Score 1) 928

I agree... we don't really know what his demeanor was. If he was loud, abusive, or threatening, he should have been kicked off the flight for that, not for a tweet about rude service. If he stayed calm and complied with the airline employees' instructions, then only the gate agent was in the wrong.

Comment: Re:RUDEST PASSENGER EVER (Score 1) 928

Nowhere in TFA did it say he had a "temper tantrum" nor did it say he yelled at the agent. True it only tells one side of the story, but you're applying your own imagination as to how things really went down.

And the slashdot summary states the children were age 6 and 9.

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