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2013-01-13 04:16:18 PM  
My cellphone was stolen when the Greyhound from Miami to Austin stopped in Penisacola for a short stop. Apparently, as much as it was 18 hours away from Fort Lauderdale, it still was Florida and so I was Farked. No reports of it being at Mr. Dobson's when I called Sprint when the bus got to Mobile.
 
2013-01-13 05:19:49 PM  
Dude, I know you have my cell phone!
 
2013-01-13 05:22:33 PM  
CSB: I had a situation when I first moved to Austin.  Looked up a bar on Google Maps, but the address only came up as "Austin, TX".  So, iPhone gave me directions to the geographical center of Austin, which was like 10 miles from where the actual bar was.
 
2013-01-13 05:22:37 PM  
"Technology pets." Awesome quote.
 
2013-01-13 05:22:41 PM  
A lot of so-called "GPS enabled" phones don't actually have GPS antennas in them. They use a less accurate tracking system that either triangulates between cell phone towers or uses the information provided by a WiFi router (if the phone was connecting to the Internet through WiFi). I'm betting the cell phone thieves live very close to this guy's house.
 
2013-01-13 05:23:38 PM  

serial_crusher: CSB: I had a situation when I first moved to Austin.  Looked up a bar on Google Maps, but the address only came up as "Austin, TX".  So, iPhone gave me directions to the geographical center of Austin, which was like 10 miles from where the actual bar was.


That wasn't a cool story. That was worse than a story about a bridge.
 
2013-01-13 05:23:50 PM  
Sue Sprint for every time someone shows up at his house after midnight or any time the cops show up. Every one of those could be argued as some sort of emotional distress bullshiat. I wouldn't care if I won as long as Sprint got the message each time it happened. If Sprint fixes the problem then the lawsuit problem also goes away.
 
2013-01-13 05:23:51 PM  
Wonder how he might profit from this?
 
2013-01-13 05:24:48 PM  
So you could say that he's the triangulation man, triangulation man, does whatever triangulation can.
 
2013-01-13 05:25:20 PM  
That dude should ask the local Mormons to hang out near his place.

"Why, no, this fine man doesn't have your phone, but have you taken a moment to consider your eternal soul?"
 
2013-01-13 05:25:45 PM  
"which has forced Dobson to sleep near his front door on weekends so he can answer the door quickly at all hours."

fark that, I'd turn the doorbell off and go to bed, let them knock all night for all I care.
 
2013-01-13 05:27:18 PM  
If you're dumb enough to invade the yard of a North Las Vegas resident in the wee hours of the morning, not having a cell phone is the least of your worries.
 
2013-01-13 05:28:59 PM  
Minor and Levitan, who both testify as expert witnesses in civil and criminal cases, said they don't believe the problem is with the cell tower, which is close to Dobson's home. They both said the problem is more likely to be at Sprint's switchboard. A software problem is incorrectly translating coordinates to Dobson's house.

After dealing with Sprint Wireless at my office for years, this sounds like a completely plausible explanation.  What's even better is that they will never, ever, under any circumstances fix the problem until someone dies.
 
2013-01-13 05:29:06 PM  

I_Hate_Iowa: Sue Sprint for every time someone shows up at his house after midnight or any time the cops show up. Every one of those could be argued as some sort of emotional distress bullshiat. I wouldn't care if I won as long as Sprint got the message each time it happened. If Sprint fixes the problem then the lawsuit problem also goes away.


Or press charges against the people trespassing on your property.

Seriously, these retards should not be taking the law into their own hands and harassing someone just because their iToy told them their phone was there.
 
2013-01-13 05:29:23 PM  
Isn't there some lawyer who can shove this problem up the communication company's ass so hard it leaks 100's of thousands of dollars into the hands of that poor gentleman?
 
2013-01-13 05:29:57 PM  

I_Hate_Iowa: Sue Sprint for every time someone shows up at his house after midnight or any time the cops show up. Every one of those could be argued as some sort of emotional distress bullshiat. I wouldn't care if I won as long as Sprint got the message each time it happened. If Sprint fixes the problem then the lawsuit problem also goes away.


I saw this on the news this morning. The problem here is that the city of north las vegas put the address of the tower at his house. It is a block away. Now they have to change the map which isnt easy with red tape. Sprint had nothing to do with it.
 
2013-01-13 05:29:58 PM  
that is truly bizarre. I know how these systems work in great detail and I can't see how this is happening. the only thing I can think of is that some dummy hard coded location data in an individual router somewhere and it spits out this location under the right triggers.
 
2013-01-13 05:32:11 PM  

jaflasvegas: I_Hate_Iowa: Sue Sprint for every time someone shows up at his house after midnight or any time the cops show up. Every one of those could be argued as some sort of emotional distress bullshiat. I wouldn't care if I won as long as Sprint got the message each time it happened. If Sprint fixes the problem then the lawsuit problem also goes away.

I saw this on the news this morning. The problem here is that the city of north las vegas put the address of the tower at his house. It is a block away. Now they have to change the map which isnt easy with red tape. Sprint had nothing to do with it.


or it could been even stupider than I originally thought. GIGO strikes again
 
2013-01-13 05:32:43 PM  
I work for a company that provides maps to 911 call centers. From my experience there, I know that if I had a family with kids, I would definitely have a land-line for 911 calls!

Generally cell calls hit 911 centers in two ways:

Phase 1: Weak signal, they know what cell tower or tower sector your phone is transmitting to. A large search area at best, assuming they have the cell sectors on their map and up to date (they change all the time). At worst, an poorly trained 911 operator thinks the address that is shown is the address of where you are, which is really the address of the cell tower.

Phase 2: Good signal, they get GPS coordinates of where you approximately are. However, it can be a fairly big area, especially if the signal is weaker. Some systems have a "confidence" value that puts a circle on the map, but this can get pretty big. Throw that in a shopping center or apartment complex and it can get hairy to find you.

So, if you call 911 from a cell phone, know where the Fark you are when you make the call. Landlines rock for 911 calls as they give the dispatcher the exact address. If the agency has been really proactive/acting like Big Brother, they know who lives there and if there is anything there that emergency personnel should know about.
 
2013-01-13 05:33:58 PM  

Big Rock Star: "Technology pets." Awesome quote.


This.
 
2013-01-13 05:34:37 PM  
Sounds like somebody is using Apple Maps.
 
2013-01-13 05:35:31 PM  

serial_crusher: CSB: I had a situation when I first moved to Austin.  Looked up a bar on Google Maps, but the address only came up as "Austin, TX".  So, iPhone gave me directions to the geographical center of Austin, which was like 10 miles from where the actual bar was.


Are you trying to troll?
 
2013-01-13 05:35:45 PM  
What the cell?
 
2013-01-13 05:36:51 PM  
Why doesn't this guy sue sprint in civil court? As far as I'm concerned, their software malfunction is putting his life in danger - the last thing an older guy needs is to be woken up at 3am and beaten up because someone thinks you stole their iPhone.

If he doesn't own that house (rents) then at the very least he should move. Good luck selling it now that this story is out, coz I'm sure people would love to move into a home with this problem...
 
2013-01-13 05:37:43 PM  

stiletto_the_wise:

Or press charges against the people trespassing on your property.


Unless the land is posted, it's only trespassing if you refuse an order to leave.
 
2013-01-13 05:37:44 PM  
So when is the next generation GPS going to be launched? I seem to recall there was going to be one with accuracy down to a couple of inches and that would require much lower power on the receiver. Was that canceled?
 
2013-01-13 05:38:06 PM  
so at this point the dude could steal all the phones and he wanted and the police would just ignore it.

1. have sprint use your house as stolen phone starting point
2. start stealing phones
3. profit
 
2013-01-13 05:38:11 PM  

mmonnens:
So, if you call 911 from a cell phone, know where the Fark you are when you make the call. Landlines rock for 911 calls as they give the dispatcher the exact address. If the agency has been really proactive/acting like Big Brother, they know who lives there and if there is anything there that emergency personnel should know about.


No, call 911 first. Tell them what is going on and get the emergency vehicles dispatched. Then you can start discussing any discrepency in your location.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-01-13 05:38:30 PM  
They now are going to flag any calls to Dobson's home, but they will still send officers to the scene unless they can confirm that there isn't actually a problem there.

Better than police in my area, who will keep responding without thinking about the last dozen times they went to take out a violent felon at that address only to learn the innocent family was the victim of a database error.
 
2013-01-13 05:38:38 PM  

Spasticus Autisticus: Wonder how he might profit from this?


Start stealing cell phones?
 
2013-01-13 05:40:08 PM  

jaflasvegas: I_Hate_Iowa: Sue Sprint for every time someone shows up at his house after midnight or any time the cops show up. Every one of those could be argued as some sort of emotional distress bullshiat. I wouldn't care if I won as long as Sprint got the message each time it happened. If Sprint fixes the problem then the lawsuit problem also goes away.

I saw this on the news this morning. The problem here is that the city of north las vegas put the address of the tower at his house. It is a block away. Now they have to change the map which isnt easy with red tape. Sprint had nothing to do with it.


Ohhhhhhhh. Why didn't they just say that?! Makes the whole problem a lot less ' strange exciting mystery' and a lot more 'boring mistake'...

/srrsly tho, some crazy person shows up at my house at zero dark thirty ranting and raving, There Will Be Blood
//I will drink their milkshake!
 
2013-01-13 05:41:48 PM  
Someone should do something about this!!!

Someone could get hurt!
 
2013-01-13 05:42:23 PM  
If I was this guy at the very least I'd move into a motel on the weekends.

I'm sure as hell not opening my door at 4 whatever in the AM...
 
2013-01-13 05:42:51 PM  

Spasticus Autisticus: Wonder how he might profit from this?


put small mail slot in door-> add sign that says deposit $20 or I will not answer the door. (or whatever amount)
 
2013-01-13 05:44:29 PM  

Anal Tobacco Furnace: Are you trying to troll?


This does happen. I used to work for one of the biggest retailers in the country during a huge expansion phase. One of my jobs was to correct the placement of stores on our website. We were using MapQuest as out backend and if it couldn't find the address in its database, it would place the store in the population weighted center of the zip code... or if the zip code wasn't in the database, the population center of the city. Because most of our new stores were on the suburban fringe, quite often the streets didn't even exist in MapQuest's database. One time it placed a store on an airport runway. Another time in a lake. Most of the time it just showed up on the wrong street several miles away.

/The stores in Quebec were the worst because I couldn't call anyone at the store to ask where they were located
//Workers at other stores got a laugh out of someone from headquarters calling to ask for help in placing their store on the map
 
2013-01-13 05:49:28 PM  

EngineerAU: Anal Tobacco Furnace: Are you trying to troll?

This does happen. I used to work for one of the biggest retailers in the country during a huge expansion phase. One of my jobs was to correct the placement of stores on our website. We were using MapQuest as out backend and if it couldn't find the address in its database, it would place the store in the population weighted center of the zip code... or if the zip code wasn't in the database, the population center of the city. Because most of our new stores were on the suburban fringe, quite often the streets didn't even exist in MapQuest's database. One time it placed a store on an airport runway. Another time in a lake. Most of the time it just showed up on the wrong street several miles away.

/The stores in Quebec were the worst because I couldn't call anyone at the store to ask where they were located
//Workers at other stores got a laugh out of someone from headquarters calling to ask for help in placing their store on the map


Are you trying to troll?
 
2013-01-13 05:53:38 PM  
People do some seriously stupid shiat when they track their lost/stolen phones....

That being said, should you ever have to call 911 from your cell, if you can only say one thing, give the address as specifically as possible.
Many centers no longer answer "911 what is your emergency" but "911 WHERE is your emergency?"

This backfires as well though as some people respond with some variation of "my house" or "in [town name]".
 
2013-01-13 05:54:08 PM  
I know a Wayne Dobson. I just sent him this link. Thanks, submitter.
 
2013-01-13 05:54:11 PM  
FTA: "They might as well have said, 'Give me my horse back.'"

Seriously, though, the girl hadn't finished that year in college. She needed that horse.
 
2013-01-13 05:55:53 PM  

Anal Tobacco Furnace: Are you trying to troll?


If you have to ask, you can't afford the answer.
 
2013-01-13 05:58:03 PM  
Hello, long distance operator, how can I help you?
 
2013-01-13 06:03:58 PM  
Never EVAR stay in room 1212 when in NYC or greater NY area. Too many dumb mofos forgetting to dial '9' first.
 
2013-01-13 06:03:58 PM  
My cat is a Luddite so I guess I'm in the clear.
 
2013-01-13 06:04:19 PM  

TwistedFark: Why doesn't this guy sue sprint in civil court? As far as I'm concerned, their software malfunction is putting his life in danger - the last thing an older guy needs is to be woken up at 3am and beaten up because someone thinks you stole their iPhone.

If he doesn't own that house (rents) then at the very least he should move. Good luck selling it now that this story is out, coz I'm sure people would love to move into a home with this problem...


I don't think he would have a very good case. Sure, Sprint may be screwing up the maps, but people shouldn't be threatening or assaulting someone based on what a computer is telling them. "Google maps told me to do it" is not a valid defense.

Think about it this way -- if your GPS tells you to take a right hand turn and you take that turn only to find yourself driving off of a cliff, is that your fault for being an idiot or the GPS's fault. It's your fault. Computers and cell phones are a nice tool to have, but they are not a replacement for common sense.
 
2013-01-13 06:06:40 PM  
Six words: Motion activated water sprinkler with timer. Set it up outside the front door to activate between the hours from 11pm to 6am. Anybody who comes by between those hours will get drenched.
 
2013-01-13 06:30:08 PM  

Smgth: /srrsly tho, some crazy person shows up at my house at zero dark thirty ranting and raving, There Will Be Blood
//I will drink their milkshake!


Dunno about blood, but I guarantee you that I wouldn't answer the door at 2 am without a gun.

Arthur Jumbles: Six words: Motion activated water sprinkler with timer. Set it up outside the front door to activate between the hours from 11pm to 6am. Anybody who comes by between those hours will get drenched.


This is a good one.
 
2013-01-13 06:31:26 PM  

TwistedFark:
If he doesn't own that house (rents) then at the very least he should move. Good luck selling it now that this story is out, coz I'm sure people would love to move into a home with this problem...


I know a guy that might be interested.
http://www.phonelosers.org/
 
2013-01-13 06:41:23 PM  

I_Hate_Iowa: Sue Sprint for every time someone shows up at his house after midnight or any time the cops show up. Every one of those could be argued as some sort of emotional distress bullshiat. I wouldn't care if I won as long as Sprint got the message each time it happened. If Sprint fixes the problem then the lawsuit problem also goes away.


Or start stealing phones. The guy already has a documented explanation of why the stolen phone is being reported to be in his house.
 
2013-01-13 06:41:26 PM  
Or maybe he's a cellphone kleptomaniac and he has every single one of them!
 
2013-01-13 06:52:28 PM  

Spasticus Autisticus: Wonder how he might profit from this?



Open a used cellphone boutique in his house?
 
2013-01-13 06:56:10 PM  
Coon said Dobson's example is a good reason why people should have land lines in their homes.

So is he saying that if you had a landline, then your cell wouldn't get stolen, or Sprint's network wouldn't be broken?
 
2013-01-13 06:59:19 PM  
The company should HAVE to relocate this guy, and put up some kind of open pavilion were his residence used to be.

Or fix the problem. I'm guessing it would probably cost the same amount of money to do either, and they probably would get a tax break because they're a huge unregulatable cell phone company.
 
2013-01-13 06:59:27 PM  
Had a fun problem like that. A little solder splash in the Gardena Central Office caused every long distant call to a Marine Electronics store to ring my home phone.

It only took two years to find and fix it.

And I worked for Pacific Telephone at the time too.
 
2013-01-13 07:01:09 PM  
This is what happens when humans let computers do their thinking for them. Buncha sheep!
 
2013-01-13 07:10:10 PM  
Different but also annoying cellphone related problem. I've had a new number for a few months now and still get calls and texts for someone named Tammy.
 
2013-01-13 07:10:54 PM  

willfullyobscure: that is truly bizarre. I know how these systems work in great detail and I can't see how this is happening. the only thing I can think of is that some dummy hard coded location data in an individual router somewhere and it spits out this location under the right triggers.



It's as if it reaches a "don't know what else to do, here have a walrus" moment in its case logic.

Or his address is in an array somewhere and when it reaches that moment, it just spits that out instead of a proper "don't know".
 
2013-01-13 07:15:36 PM  
i.imgur.com

These are not the phones you're seeking.
 
2013-01-13 07:23:24 PM  

911Jenny: People do some seriously stupid shiat when they track their lost/stolen phones....

That being said, should you ever have to call 911 from your cell, if you can only say one thing, give the address as specifically as possible.
Many centers no longer answer "911 what is your emergency" but "911 WHERE is your emergency?"

This backfires as well though as some people respond with some variation of "my house" or "in [town name]".


In my pants.
 
2013-01-13 07:29:56 PM  
ReapTheChaos: fark that, I'd turn the doorbell off and go to bed, let them knock all night for all I care.

I think you misspelled "break down my front door and shoot me in my bed for resisting arrest."

It's not a good idea do disrespect the police in that way.
 
2013-01-13 07:39:42 PM  
Frankenstorm:

I know a Wayne Dobson. I just sent him this link. Thanks, submitter.

So now they'll look each other up on Facebook and fall madly in love. "We have the same name!"

I used to know a Patrick Somebody who only got involved with women named Patricia. Over & over. for YEARS. You'd go "Hey Pat!" and they'd both answer: you had to call them "Patrick" and "Patty" or "Boy" and "Girl" or whatever.

All things being equal I'd rather date a guy named Jonathan (like in the Bible, y'know?) or a woman named Amy which also means "Beloved." And my personal history contains several women named Michelle and several whose middle name is Lynn (but no Michelle Lynns). And there is a locally famous photographer with the same first and last names and the same middle initial.

None of which has anything to do with anything in this thread of course, it's just that I'm still sober enough to type with one finger.
 
2013-01-13 07:54:07 PM  
> HE DOESN'T HAVE IT

Uh-huh. That's just what they WANT you to think.
 
2013-01-13 07:55:52 PM  

911Jenny: People do some seriously stupid shiat when they track their lost/stolen phones....

That being said, should you ever have to call 911 from your cell, if you can only say one thing, give the address as specifically as possible.
Many centers no longer answer "911 what is your emergency" but "911 WHERE is your emergency?"

This backfires as well though as some people respond with some variation of "my house" or "in [town name]".

SO MUCH THIS. That is basically how work was for me all night last night.

/except the 5150s calling from landlines.
 
2013-01-13 07:57:26 PM  

SomethingToDo: So you could say that he's the triangulation man, triangulation man, does whatever triangulation can.


I think this is the clear winner.
 
2013-01-13 07:57:46 PM  
I'd answer the door with my Bushmaster AR15 Newtown model.
 
2013-01-13 08:01:45 PM  

willfullyobscure: jaflasvegas: I_Hate_Iowa: Sue Sprint for every time someone shows up at his house after midnight or any time the cops show up. Every one of those could be argued as some sort of emotional distress bullshiat. I wouldn't care if I won as long as Sprint got the message each time it happened. If Sprint fixes the problem then the lawsuit problem also goes away.

I saw this on the news this morning. The problem here is that the city of north las vegas put the address of the tower at his house. It is a block away. Now they have to change the map which isnt easy with red tape. Sprint had nothing to do with it.

or it could been even stupider than I originally thought. GIGO strikes again


Genius. "We need an address for this tower."
"Howabout 123 Maple St."
"Does anyone live there?"
"Beats me."
"OK, that'll work. Let's have lunch."
 
2013-01-13 08:04:24 PM  
I have Sprint and anytime I am at home connected to my wireless router my location shows I am at the Luxor in Las Vegas even though I am hundreds of miles away. It gives me a reason to check in using Google Plus.
 
2013-01-13 08:05:35 PM  
i47.photobucket.com

i wonder if his neighbors have seen this story
 
2013-01-13 08:09:58 PM  

Pelvic Splanchnic Ganglion: serial_crusher: CSB: I had a situation when I first moved to Austin.  Looked up a bar on Google Maps, but the address only came up as "Austin, TX".  So, iPhone gave me directions to the geographical center of Austin, which was like 10 miles from where the actual bar was.

That wasn't a cool story. That was worse than a story about a bridge.


I got a kick since the same thing happened to me yesterday while trying to get my daughter to the hospital. Ended up at some random residential address. It's a good thing it wasn't an emergency or I would have been freaking out. Now I know to have confirmation of the location before that happens again. And I know where the hospital is now.
 
2013-01-13 08:15:16 PM  

NutWrench: A lot of so-called "GPS enabled" phones don't actually have GPS antennas in them. They use a less accurate tracking system that either triangulates between cell phone towers or uses the information provided by a WiFi router (if the phone was connecting to the Internet through WiFi). I'm betting the cell phone thieves live very close to this guy's house.


No, the 911 calls aren't missing phones.
 
2013-01-13 08:25:24 PM  
Some lady once called my house and claimed I had taken her phone. I told her I didn't know what she was talking about and hung up. I never heard from her again and couldn't figure out what the hell made her think I took her phone. Guess it was some kind of glitch like this, when everyone was starting to get cell phones.
 
2013-01-13 08:36:57 PM  
I had a phone number for a long time that was this close to a chinese food place in the ghetto. Finally, I just started taking orders.

Link
 
2013-01-13 08:42:52 PM  

KidneyStone: I'd answer the door with my Bushmaster AR15 Newtown model.


And be shot dead if it's the cops
 
2013-01-13 08:48:32 PM  

Satanic_Hamster: Smgth: /srrsly tho, some crazy person shows up at my house at zero dark thirty ranting and raving, There Will Be Blood
//I will drink their milkshake!

Dunno about blood, but I guarantee you that I wouldn't answer the door at 2 am without a gun.

Arthur Jumbles: Six words: Motion activated water sprinkler with timer. Set it up outside the front door to activate between the hours from 11pm to 6am. Anybody who comes by between those hours will get drenched.

This is a good one.


If it is not a felony to own a sprinkler in Clark County... it should be.
 
2013-01-13 08:48:54 PM  

NutWrench: A lot of so-called "GPS enabled" phones don't actually have GPS antennas in them. They use a less accurate tracking system that either triangulates between cell phone towers or uses the information provided by a WiFi router (if the phone was connecting to the Internet through WiFi). I'm betting the cell phone thieves live very close to this guy's house.


Most modern smart phones have actual GPS receivers in them.
 
2013-01-13 09:07:27 PM  
What's the title of that 1980s horror movie where a ghost
gets into a computer, calls the police to a residence and
tricks them into shooting it up?
I think it's the same one where a 1100 watt microwave
bakes a guy because the door interlock didn't work.

I'm not saying this guys problem is ghosts....
 
2013-01-13 09:09:31 PM  
img808.imageshack.us
 
2013-01-13 09:31:33 PM  

GranoblasticMan: 911Jenny: People do some seriously stupid shiat when they track their lost/stolen phones....

That being said, should you ever have to call 911 from your cell, if you can only say one thing, give the address as specifically as possible.
Many centers no longer answer "911 what is your emergency" but "911 WHERE is your emergency?"

This backfires as well though as some people respond with some variation of "my house" or "in [town name]".

In my pants.


Al Roker?
 
2013-01-13 09:51:56 PM  

Jument: Or maybe he's a cellphone kleptomaniac and he has every single one of them!


I picture him opening the secret trapdoor in his floor, performing a swan dive into the massive hidden basement filled with stolen phones and swimming around in them like Scrooge McDuck.
 
2013-01-13 10:17:35 PM  

jayessell: What's the title of that 1980s horror movie where a ghost
gets into a computer, calls the police to a residence and
tricks them into shooting it up?
I think it's the same one where a 1100 watt microwave
bakes a guy because the door interlock didn't work.

I'm not saying this guys problem is ghosts....


Oops.
1993.
'Ghost in the Machine'.
 
2013-01-13 10:34:41 PM  
You would think, that after it became annoying/dangerous, he would get an attorney, file an outrageous lawsuit and they would suddenly figure out a way to "fix" it.... but, not before.
 
2013-01-13 11:00:26 PM  

sandbar67: I had a phone number for a long time that was this close to a chinese food place in the ghetto. Finally, I just started taking orders.

Link


I used to have a phone number that was one digit different from a drive-in movie theatre in Detroit. We would get probably thirty calls a night on weekends. We started answering the phone "East Side Drive In" and when they asked what movie was playing we'd make up movie names, and when they'd ask the cost of admission we'd tell them we have a special and it was one dollar per car no matter how many people were in the car. I figured a lot of pissed off people showed up at that place.
 
2013-01-13 11:17:30 PM  

TheMega: You would think, that after it became annoying/dangerous, he would get an attorney, file an outrageous lawsuit and they would suddenly figure out a way to "fix" it.... but, not before.


I'd put up with strangers knocking at my door for about a week. And who the hell are these people anyway? Do they think it's a good idea to just go over to some stranger's house and accuse them of theft, even in the middle of the night?
 
2013-01-13 11:27:47 PM  
The Sprint spokesperson who says they're taking the issue seriously is just reciting what he/she is expected to recite to reporters. The fact that this has been happening for years indicates that nobody is taking the problem seriously. It's fine for the police to make a note about his address but that does nothing to prevent irate phone owners from showing up at his door at 3am.

I agree with an earlier poster: his guy needs to sue both Sprint and the city (for providing incorrect tower coordinates). Once the lawsuits start flying, the problem will magically sort itself out (and this guy will have some extra spending money).
 
2013-01-13 11:46:05 PM  

arcas: The Sprint spokesperson who says they're taking the issue seriously is just reciting what he/she is expected to recite to reporters. The fact that this has been happening for years indicates that nobody is taking the problem seriously. It's fine for the police to make a note about his address but that does nothing to prevent irate phone owners from showing up at his door at 3am.

I agree with an earlier poster: his guy needs to sue both Sprint and the city (for providing incorrect tower coordinates). Once the lawsuits start flying, the problem will magically sort itself out (and this guy will have some extra spending money).


Yup. After this story hit the wire, I'm betting he got a few offers from local lawyers to make this go away. He most certainly has an actionable cause against Sprint, and I'm betting that the next we hear on this one is, "Local man files $3 million suit against Sprint".
 
2013-01-13 11:51:13 PM  

dopekitty74: Different but also annoying cellphone related problem. I've had a new number for a few months now and still get calls and texts for someone named Tammy.


I have a better one. When I lived in Phoenix, I had a cell phone. The funny starts with the fact there are 3 area codes in Metro Phoenix. In another area code, a pizza joint had the same number as the number I had. For months I kept getting calls from people wanting pizza. I told them they had the wrong number. Eventually I got tired of it and changed my voice mail to say "The pizza joint is out of business. I have this number now." Soon I started getting calls from someone claiming to own the pizza joint and cussing at me for telling people he's out of business. Then I changed the voicemail greeting to say: "Rumor has it the guy who owned the pizza joint was selling drugs and employing illegal aliens. Sheriff Joe hauled the guy away and deported the staff." That really made him mad. Then one time he called and forgot to hide his number from caller id. Then it was my turn to fark with him. I started calling him every time I thought of it. Eventually he called and was almost nice so I talked to him. I changed the message on my phone and that was the end of it.
 
2013-01-13 11:52:15 PM  

Pribar: KidneyStone:

I'd answer the door with my Bushmaster AR15 Newtown model.

And be shot dead if it's the cops


And the pigs get a paid vacation. Not a punishment: "administrative leave." Because they did the right thing.

If there were any drugs in the place, so what? Of course I never met the dead man and know nothing about him, but even if the worst assumption is correct we must still admit that even the scum of the earth have the right -- no, the obligation -- to defend themselves in their homes.
 
2013-01-14 12:00:47 AM  

NutWrench: A lot of so-called "GPS enabled" phones don't actually have GPS antennas in them. They use a less accurate tracking system that either triangulates between cell phone towers or uses the information provided by a WiFi router (if the phone was connecting to the Internet through WiFi). I'm betting the cell phone thieves live very close to this guy's house.


Google assisted location services produce a higher accuracy for me than GPS alone, even though my cell GPS is capable of locating me within 100meters.  With Google Location on, I've had it pinpoint me on the map.  Scary.
 
2013-01-14 12:29:09 AM  
The landline phone system had a similar glitch with a condo I owned in San Jose. On three different occasions I had 911 call me insisting someone had called from my landline and had hung up during the subsequent discussion. Once it even resulted in half a dozen cops barging in my front door locking for an intruder who had burst into an old womans home. They pretty quickly realized something was wrong since my place was decorated in a manner appropriate to my then 21 year old self and nothing like the home of an old woman. Still they searched every nook and cranny of my tiny place for any old ladies stuffed in closets or other such hiding places.
 
2013-01-14 12:31:21 AM  
This is more evidence that the Frankenstein Computer God may be entering into its Final Days. Be warned! If you thought the world was chaos and disorder and lawlessness and permissive sexual attitudes before, you should know that it has all been a mirage provided by the CIA Mind Control Robots under the control of the Computer God. But the cracks are beginning to show. It starts out with robbers dying in chimneys, where no sane person would ever attempt to enter a building anyway, since no Human possesses the secret dust that the Devil God Corporate Whore Santa Claus possesses that allows him passage through those tiny openings. Next, it's reports of a Goat Man in the hills. That man is more than just a crazy in a goat suit, he's a symptom of a greater problem. It's not that we live in the Matrix, it is that we are the Matrix and the Computer God is falling apart.
 
2013-01-14 12:52:59 AM  

Frankenstorm: I know a Wayne Dobson. I just sent him this link. Thanks, submitter.


I'm sure he'll really get a kick out of most of these replies.
 
2013-01-14 12:55:06 AM  

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Hello? Is this apartment 218?
No? Oh well. Still, might as well kick a furry while I'm here.
SOMETHING AWFUL DOT COM SOMETHING AWFUL DOT COM SOMETHING AWFUL DOT COM
 
2013-01-14 01:06:48 AM  
This guy needs some serious help with his phone fetish... He is terrorizing innocent people and it needs to stop!
 
2013-01-14 01:12:05 AM  
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What his basement looks like.
He probably swims around in them like Scrooge McDuck.
 
2013-01-14 01:15:23 AM  
I have Sprint - while I'm at work at the space center most of the time my GPS coordinates show me as being at someones house in a nearby neighborhood.  Not just this phone but the last one also.  Seriously, I've looked over some of my Google + posts and it looks like I'm chilling in some dudes living room making posts while I'm at work.  I'm guessing it has something to do with this building being a big cold-war era Faraday cage that barely lets a phone signal through at all, and then only when I'm near a wall which means I've probably only got a weak link to a single tower.  Probably in that neighborhood....
 
2013-01-14 01:18:12 AM  

PaLarkin: dopekitty74: Different but also annoying cellphone related problem. I've had a new number for a few months now and still get calls and texts for someone named Tammy.

I have a better one. When I lived in Phoenix, I had a cell phone. The funny starts with the fact there are 3 area codes in Metro Phoenix. In another area code, a pizza joint had the same number as the number I had. For months I kept getting calls from people wanting pizza. I told them they had the wrong number. Eventually I got tired of it and changed my voice mail to say "The pizza joint is out of business. I have this number now." Soon I started getting calls from someone claiming to own the pizza joint and cussing at me for telling people he's out of business. Then I changed the voicemail greeting to say: "Rumor has it the guy who owned the pizza joint was selling drugs and employing illegal aliens. Sheriff Joe hauled the guy away and deported the staff." That really made him mad. Then one time he called and forgot to hide his number from caller id. Then it was my turn to fark with him. I started calling him every time I thought of it. Eventually he called and was almost nice so I talked to him. I changed the message on my phone and that was the end of it.


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2013-01-14 01:20:13 AM  

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THIS IS NOT MY BEAUTIFUL HOUSE

THIS IS NOT MY BEAUTIFUL WIFE

MY GOD WHAT HAVE I DONE?
 
2013-01-14 01:34:17 AM  

dopekitty74: Different but also annoying cellphone related problem. I've had a new number for a few months now and still get calls and texts for someone named Tammy.


For the last 1.8ish years I've had a cell phone provided by my employer; the number has been in the company for a good 5-7 years, maybe longer (previously belonged to a sales manager named Susan).

Apparently some stupid biatch here in Houston has been giving out my company cell number to everyone imaginable. And I don't mean giving as a "fake" number to men in bars or shiat, but I mean to her apartment complex, her dentist, her regular doctor, her gynecologist, her bank, etc etc. Get 1-3 calls a month during the day time.

(and since I'm usually a quarter mile underground during the day, it's almost always voice mail so I rarely get a chance to talk to these people about not calling me any more. finally called back her apartment complex last week and got a manager to answer)
 
2013-01-14 01:42:37 AM  

enry: NutWrench: A lot of so-called "GPS enabled" phones don't actually have GPS antennas in them. They use a less accurate tracking system that either triangulates between cell phone towers or uses the information provided by a WiFi router (if the phone was connecting to the Internet through WiFi). I'm betting the cell phone thieves live very close to this guy's house.

Most modern smart phones have actual GPS receivers in them.


So what smart phone is not considered modern?
 
2013-01-14 01:57:28 AM  

sandbar67: I had a phone number for a long time that was this close to a chinese food place in the ghetto. Finally, I just started taking orders.

Link


Oh, my. I had a similar experience. Company had an 800 number reserved only for customers and company service techs. Routed to an actual *red phone*, my gawd. Thing shoulda never rung except when our techs were on the road, but boy did it ring. Happened that if you transposed the last two digits of our 800 number, 'twas the same as a pet transport hotline at a major airline. Farking phone was right behind me. Got to the point that when it rang (and I knew none of our techs were on the road, because I *was* our techs) I answered "dyslexia hotline, how may I help you?" Saddest thing is that, once they told me what they wanted, I'd tell them that "oh, you must have mixed up the last 2 digits in the number, you want [###-###-####] and they usually thanked me politely.
 
2013-01-14 02:36:56 AM  

99.998er: enry: NutWrench: A lot of so-called "GPS enabled" phones don't actually have GPS antennas in them. They use a less accurate tracking system that either triangulates between cell phone towers or uses the information provided by a WiFi router (if the phone was connecting to the Internet through WiFi). I'm betting the cell phone thieves live very close to this guy's house.

Most modern smart phones have actual GPS receivers in them.

So what smart phone is not considered modern?


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2013-01-14 03:40:19 AM  

insano: TwistedFark: Why doesn't this guy sue sprint in civil court? As far as I'm concerned, their software malfunction is putting his life in danger - the last thing an older guy needs is to be woken up at 3am and beaten up because someone thinks you stole their iPhone.

If he doesn't own that house (rents) then at the very least he should move. Good luck selling it now that this story is out, coz I'm sure people would love to move into a home with this problem...

I don't think he would have a very good case. Sure, Sprint may be screwing up the maps, but people shouldn't be threatening or assaulting someone based on what a computer is telling them. "Google maps told me to do it" is not a valid defense.

Think about it this way -- if your GPS tells you to take a right hand turn and you take that turn only to find yourself driving off of a cliff, is that your fault for being an idiot or the GPS's fault. It's your fault. Computers and cell phones are a nice tool to have, but they are not a replacement for common sense.


Lawsuits often have nothing to do with commom sense. Stupidity can be very profitable with the right lawyer.
 
2013-01-14 04:58:49 AM  

Ima4nic8or: The landline phone system had a similar glitch with a condo I owned in San Jose. On three different occasions I had 911 call me insisting someone had called from my landline and had hung up during the subsequent discussion. Once it even resulted in half a dozen cops barging in my front door locking for an intruder who had burst into an old womans home. They pretty quickly realized something was wrong since my place was decorated in a manner appropriate to my then 21 year old self and nothing like the home of an old woman. Still they searched every nook and cranny of my tiny place for any old ladies stuffed in closets or other such hiding places.


Good thing you had enough advance notice to hide the old lady in the basement, Norman.
 
2013-01-14 05:57:17 AM  

mmonnens: So, if you call 911 from a cell phone, know where the Fark you are when you make the call.


Yeah, only have emergencies in places where you are familiar with the address!

Geez, people. Go get mugged in your part of town.

Anyway, this guy should start collecting old cell phones - I mean get a shiatload of them and fill up a couple of big trashcans with them. When these people knock on his door, point them in the direction of the trashcans and let them sort through a few thousand dead phones which aren't theirs trying to find their own.
 
2013-01-14 07:39:09 AM  

mmonnens: Landlines rock for 911 calls as they give the dispatcher the exact address.


This is a large part of the reason why I won't get rid of my landline phone. My wife actually has a cellphone, but a wired POTS line is damned hard to beat for both reliability and for things like calling 911. The cell is the back-up to the POTS, not the other way 'round.

/Ham radio is the back-up to both.
//It works when the infrastructure is down, because it requires no infrastructure.
 
2013-01-14 10:32:59 AM  
One time, I found my neighbor's cell phone in the hallway of our apartment building.

He had naked pics of his girlfriend on it.

You bet your ass I copied them for myself before sticking the phone outside his door.
 
2013-01-14 01:17:41 PM  

Ima4nic8or: The landline phone system had a similar glitch with a condo I owned in San Jose. On three different occasions I had 911 call me insisting someone had called from my landline and had hung up during the subsequent discussion. Once it even resulted in half a dozen cops barging in my front door locking for an intruder who had burst into an old womans home. They pretty quickly realized something was wrong since my place was decorated in a manner appropriate to my then 21 year old self and nothing like the home of an old woman. Still they searched every nook and cranny of my tiny place for any old ladies stuffed in closets or other such hiding places.


At least our wrong-address cop problems never involved anything like that. They actually had the right address, they just weren't at it. Two streets two blocks apart: "El Camito" and "El Camino". You had to turn onto our street (which of the two it was I've forgotten by now) in order to get to the other one. Our address on that street had domestic violence problems. He would get to drinking Friday night and the cops would show up at our door. It got to the point that when we answered the door and found a cop we simply told him he's looking for the house two blocks that (pointing) way.

Satanic_Hamster: dopekitty74: Different but also annoying cellphone related problem. I've had a new number for a few months now and still get calls and texts for someone named Tammy.

For the last 1.8ish years I've had a cell phone provided by my employer; the number has been in the company for a good 5-7 years, maybe longer (previously belonged to a sales manager named Susan).

Apparently some stupid biatch here in Houston has been giving out my company cell number to everyone imaginable. And I don't mean giving as a "fake" number to men in bars or shiat, but I mean to her apartment complex, her dentist, her regular doctor, her gynecologist, her bank, etc etc. Get 1-3 calls a month during the day time.

(and since I'm usually a quarter mile underground during the day, it's almost always voice mail so I rarely get a chance to talk to these people about not calling me any more. finally called back her apartment complex last week and got a manager to answer)


At least Randi King only gives out our address, not our phone number. Most of what shows up here is just junk mail but once I got a tax refund from the IRS (how do you put the wrong address on your tax return?!?!) and one day an appliance repairman showed up at the door. Nobody had the address before us (we bought during construction) and it's been going on 16 years now.
 
2013-01-14 05:13:31 PM  

Chevello: Pelvic Splanchnic Ganglion: serial_crusher: CSB: I had a situation when I first moved to Austin.  Looked up a bar on Google Maps, but the address only came up as "Austin, TX".  So, iPhone gave me directions to the geographical center of Austin, which was like 10 miles from where the actual bar was.

That wasn't a cool story. That was worse than a story about a bridge.

I got a kick since the same thing happened to me yesterday while trying to get my daughter to the hospital. Ended up at some random residential address. It's a good thing it wasn't an emergency or I would have been freaking out. Now I know to have confirmation of the location before that happens again. And I know where the hospital is now.


That was just the beginning of his story, it gets better. I think spentmiles knows the rest of the story, I don't have time to tell the rest.

Always look at the map and make sure it makes sense before starting off.
 
2013-01-14 07:04:22 PM  

Happy Hours: mmonnens: So, if you call 911 from a cell phone, know where the Fark you are when you make the call.

Yeah, only have emergencies in places where you are familiar with the address!

Geez, people. Go get mugged in your part of town.

Anyway, this guy should start collecting old cell phones - I mean get a shiatload of them and fill up a couple of big trashcans with them. When these people knock on his door, point them in the direction of the trashcans and let them sort through a few thousand dead phones which aren't theirs trying to find their own.


Best idea yet.
 
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