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Submission + - Why Don't Mobile OSs offer a Kill Code? 1

gordo3000 writes: Given all the recent headlines about border patrol getting up close and personal with phones, I've been wondering why phone manufacturers don't offer a second emergency pin that you can enter and it wipes all private information on the phone?

In theory, it should be pretty easy to just input a different pin (or unlock pattern) that opens up a factory reset screen on the phone and in the background begins deleting all personal information. I'd expect that same code could also lock out the USB port until it is finished deleting the data, to help prevent many of the tools they now have to copy out everything on your phone.

This nicely prevents you from having to back up and wipe your phone before every trip but leaves you with a safety measure if you get harassed at the border.

So slashdot, what say you?

Comment Re:How phone turned hipster (Score 1) 107

really? you don't sound that representative of the "hacking/modding community"
Transparent back cover... that's nice. Not amazing, but will probably get them talked about a little more without so much forced PR.
They are *trying* to be ethical by investigating their supply line and not buying from suppliers who don't support slavery? Great! No hacker supports slavery!

It may not be totally focused on hackers/modders - which is fine. It's a modular phone that we should be able to replace/repair/home-make components for!
If hipster/vegans also like it make it more popular, meaning more spare parts at less cost... great.

Comment Touchscreens don't make good controllers (yet) (Score 3, Informative) 174

A Touchscreen as a remote control for something else means you are not looking at it

This makes them fairly useless for most games

Someday, we'll have touchscreens that can alter their shape, and give good tactile feedback - respond more like a button, or at least sem-solid gel-filled bump

but now, even using a touch screen for simple NES games on a separate bigscreen is a pain

Comment Good luck... (Score 5, Interesting) 213

A video of a game I made was refused.

As evidence - I submitted the link to android market place, where I am selling the game - offered source code, source assets, etc. Several times, along with asking what would do for valid evidence.

150k views later, lots of evidence and questions from me... "monetization rejected" and still ignored.

And that's with A video I made, of a Game I made!

Comment Re:How to make drone-based delivery cheap (Score 1) 55

The "appropriate spots" could be determined by the person ordering the package?
a few ideas:
-GPS on smartphone
-Mark position on map
-other methods combined with asking them to hold up smartphone, which flashes code to drone when it gets close
-manual survey beforehand (could be done on first delivery, after that drones can deliver)

I'm not saying its easy - just that I think we can do it ;)

Comment Re:Secret Ballot? (Score 1) 480

We can - just not in the same ballot. Actually, it'd be a great idea to do both. Even in the same booth. If the secret ballot matches the recorded ballot results well - there is probably not much corruption or coercion. if the results are very different, there must have been miscounting, corruption, or some kind of problem going on.

Comment They already are... (Score 1) 141

As much as i dislike facebok... they did nothing wrong here.

pondering the effects of their site.
testing it
publishing results

great - hopefully the insane backlash wont stop them showing future tests publicly.

if you dont want FB to find out theeffects of their site on you... don't use it.

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