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posted by martyb on Friday May 09 2014, @12:52PM   Printer-friendly
from the what-could-possibly-go-wrong? dept.

The California Senate on Thursday voted to approve a state measure requiring smarter anti-theft security on smartphones, reversing its decision last month to reject the bill. The proposal, introduced by State Senator Mark Leno and sponsored by George Gascon, San Francisco's district attorney, requires a so-called kill switch (which would render a smartphone useless after it was stolen) on all smartphones sold in California. The bill passed with a final count of 26 to 8 in favor. It now requires approval from the California State Assembly and, eventually, California Governor Jerry Brown, who could review the bill around late August.

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  • (Score: 2) by Reziac on Saturday May 10 2014, @04:23AM

    by Reziac (2489) on Saturday May 10 2014, @04:23AM (#41477) Homepage

    That explains the slag-and-fragments pile at the salvage yard; I wondered WTF.

    Yet I had to produce ID and sign a "what if it's stolen" form for a bunch of very obviously used wire that I pulled out of my well.

    Well, leave it to California to discover all the unintended consequences of any possible legislation!

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  • (Score: 2) by Hairyfeet on Saturday May 10 2014, @05:00AM

    by Hairyfeet (75) <{bassbeast1968} {at} {}> on Saturday May 10 2014, @05:00AM (#41491) Journal

    Yep go to any salvage yard and you'l see these nasty stinking slag piles because slag? NOT covered by the law, whereas wire and pipes are covered.

    You are never gonna solve a criminal problem by treating the symptoms, I mean how many times do we have to do the same dance. three strikes? You have homeless guys getting life for stealing a slice of pizza while drug dealers just shoot the cop because if they are gonna get life either way why not take a shot at getting away? Law against copper pipes and wires being taken to salvage yards? Poison a backlot by burning the shit and pounding it with a hammer and its not wire or pipes anymore is it? Hell look at the cellphone thing, it'd be easy enough for the carriers to simply look at the serial and spot the stolen phones showing up like a sore thumb but they don't, why? because the majority aren't getting sold as a "psst wanna buy a phone?" deal, some crackhead sells it to an illegal who cranks out the out of area calls and when the phone gets shut off they sell it to some shop that strips it for parts.

    ACs are never seen so don't bother. Always ready to show SJWs for the racists they are.