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posted by Woods on Friday April 25 2014, @02:34PM   Printer-friendly
from the my-favorite-kind-of-switch dept.

The California Senate on Thursday voted down a state measure that would require smarter anti-theft security on smartphones. The bill, introduced by State Senator Mark Leno and sponsored by George Gascon, San Francisco's district attorney, would have required a so-called kill switch which would render a smartphone useless after it was stolen on all smartphones sold in California. The proposal needed 21 votes to pass in the 40-member chamber. After debate on Thursday morning at the Capitol, in Sacramento, it fell two votes short of passing, with a final count of 19 to 17 in favor.

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  • (Score: 2) by Tork on Tuesday April 29 2014, @08:29PM

    by Tork (3914) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday April 29 2014, @08:29PM (#37830)
    I apologize for the bad formatting of my post. I'll resubmit it fixed:

    "So in other words, we're talking about implementing the same thing they've already implemented just with an extra middle-man this time?


    "It's gonna take a minimum of a day for me to get it blocked through the carrier; but it only takes a few seconds for me to get it blocked myself. So what possible value could this add?"

    The phone would become a brick and have no resale value.. hence the need for ALL the carriers to get involved.
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