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(C|Net)   As easy as stealing Candy Crush from a baby   (news.cnet.com) divider line 19
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2014-02-17 12:22:24 AM
Nice headline :)
 
2014-02-17 07:07:18 AM
Delicious
 
2014-02-17 07:09:46 AM
Too bad the crooks didn't have jobs so they could buy their own.

Thanks, Obama.
 
2014-02-17 07:14:13 AM
If that baby had a gun this would've never happened.
 
2014-02-17 07:19:11 AM

williesleg: Too bad the crooks didn't have jobs so they could buy their own.

Thanks, Obama.


The thief had a job, as President of the United States! That's right folks, thanks to trade agreements and welfare the POTUS is literally just stealing stuff right out of our hands and giving it to those who aren't boot strappy enough to make their own iPads in their own countries!
 
2014-02-17 07:29:51 AM
I was sure the article was going to be about this story:

http://www.candyswipe.com/king.html
 
2014-02-17 08:02:18 AM
Actually even with apples current system in place of needing the iTunes pw of the person who previously owned it to activate it doesn't work. You can easily get into the phone and delete the the file that causes it to activate with an iTunes acct. They need to have a central database where the serial number of the phone is banned from activation on any network.
 
2014-02-17 08:56:46 AM

God--: Actually even with apples current system in place of needing the iTunes pw of the person who previously owned it to activate it doesn't work. You can easily get into the phone and delete the the file that causes it to activate with an iTunes acct. They need to have a central database where the serial number of the phone is banned from activation on any network.


They have that,  it's called an imei. US carriers just don't care enough to use it.

More money for them when you have to get another phone and the thieves sign up for their own plan with the stolen one.
 
2014-02-17 09:46:24 AM

INeedAName: williesleg: Too bad the crooks didn't have jobs so they could buy their own.

Thanks, Obama.

The thief had a job, as President of the United States! That's right folks, thanks to trade agreements and welfare the POTUS is literally just stealing stuff right out of our hands and giving it to those who aren't boot strappy enough to make their own iPads in their own countries!


He must've learned how to do that in a madrasa!

/WHAR BIRTH CERTIFICATE WHAAAAR
 
2014-02-17 10:02:09 AM
You know, whoever it was that came up with the phrase "Easy as stealing candy from a baby" has obviously never attempted to steal candy from a baby.
 
2014-02-17 10:05:04 AM
Huh.  I was expecting more outrage that a 2 year old was using an ipad.
 
2014-02-17 10:31:54 AM

jiggitysmith: Huh.  I was expecting more outrage that a 2 year old was using an ipad.


Why? My daughter loved playing on my phone when she was 2 and my now 2 year old son is playing on my iphone right now. Seems the only people who would complain about it are people who have never had kids and think they are important enough to tell other people what to do with their lives.
 
2014-02-17 11:48:45 AM

wax66: I was sure the article was going to be about this story:

http://www.candyswipe.com/king.html


As did I.
As soon as a game becomes popular, the app stores are flooded with clones and cheap knockoffs.
While we're on the subject...  Flappy Birds is the latest and most amusing victim of this.  As soon as that dude revealed that he intended to remove the app, clones popped up like wild fire.  Between my 2 kids, they've found like 9 different games that are literally the same thing with slightly different physics and graphics.

It's time for me to learn how to code Android apps so I can do this.

Oh.  And stealing a tablet from a 2-year old is reprehendible, of course.  Both these dudes need a good beatdown.  Maybe someone should make a game about that.

//My idea.  Don't steal it!
 
2014-02-17 11:58:30 AM

Boo_Guy: They have that,  it's called an imei. US carriers just don't care enough to use it.

More money for them when you have to get another phone and the thieves sign up for their own plan with the stolen one.


More along the lines of "thieves don't even need a working phone to make money pawning it off onto some poor sucker who buys their sob story."

/why take the risks in re-activating a stolen phone, when you can push a few hundred of them to make enough money to pay for a legit phone and contract?
 
2014-02-17 12:18:33 PM

Tatterdemalian: Boo_Guy: They have that,  it's called an imei. US carriers just don't care enough to use it.

More money for them when you have to get another phone and the thieves sign up for their own plan with the stolen one.

More along the lines of "thieves don't even need a working phone to make money pawning it off onto some poor sucker who buys their sob story."

/why take the risks in re-activating a stolen phone, when you can push a few hundred of them to make enough money to pay for a legit phone and contract?


Well right now its just another phone,  it may be stolen but nothing will stop it from being activated with a new number and contract.  As far as I know,  right now any of the locks built into phones are at a software level,  you wipe the phone and install a fresh system on it and its good to go.  Blackberry will ban PINs so that they don't work on their servers/services but even those can be changed,  you just need a good one to switch to.  It's all done with software that was supposed to be kept inside the company,  oops.

If the carriers did use the IMEI blacklists it would stop the petty morons who just wanted the new iphone or a quick flip for cash,  it wouldn't stop the guys who send boatloads of phones to other countries to sell there.
 
2014-02-17 12:58:07 PM

Boo_Guy: If the carriers did use the IMEI blacklists it would stop the petty morons who just wanted the new iphone or a quick flip for cash,  it wouldn't stop the guys who send boatloads of phones to other countries to sell there.


ohwaityou'reseriousletmelaughharder.jpg

The petty morons are exactly who it wouldn't stop. There's always someone who will pay five bucks for a previously owned phone, no questions asked and no proof that the phone even works necessary.

/"I'm not technically inclined, could never get it to work. You're so smart, I thought maybe you could find a use for it, and if you can fix it you can have it."
 
2014-02-17 01:18:34 PM

DaintySavage: jiggitysmith: Huh.  I was expecting more outrage that a 2 year old was using an ipad.

Why? My daughter loved playing on my phone when she was 2 and my now 2 year old son is playing on my iphone right now. Seems the only people who would complain about it are people who have never had kids and think they are important enough to tell other people what to do with their lives.


Heh, when I was that age, I played with blocks and whatnot, or running around outside doing pointless kid things out in the lawn.  I don't even have an ipad now, unless you count the phone I use just for navigation, gas prices, garage sailing, or otherwise fairly boring things.  

I dunno, I think generalizing the group of people who think kids shouldn't be fixated on a screen that early in life as ignorant busybodies isn't much better than generalizing that parents who let kids do that are potentially squandering creative/imagination development because they'd rather let the ipad interact with their child instead of themselves.  I'm sure this is a gross over generalization on both sides of the fence, but if it what's you want to do, that's your prerogative,  as is mine.


This sort of reminds me of baby Einstein being a thing and then studies came out saying that letting your baby watch television that early in development is a horrible thing to do and suddenly nobody's raving about baby Einstein anymore.
http://content.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1650352,00.html
 
2014-02-17 03:34:47 PM

jiggitysmith: DaintySavage: jiggitysmith: Huh.  I was expecting more outrage that a 2 year old was using an ipad.

Why? My daughter loved playing on my phone when she was 2 and my now 2 year old son is playing on my iphone right now. Seems the only people who would complain about it are people who have never had kids and think they are important enough to tell other people what to do with their lives.

Heh, when I was that age, I played with blocks and whatnot, or running around outside doing pointless kid things out in the lawn.  I don't even have an ipad now, unless you count the phone I use just for navigation, gas prices, garage sailing, or otherwise fairly boring things.  

I dunno, I think generalizing the group of people who think kids shouldn't be fixated on a screen that early in life as ignorant busybodies isn't much better than generalizing that parents who let kids do that are potentially squandering creative/imagination development because they'd rather let the ipad interact with their child instead of themselves.  I'm sure this is a gross over generalization on both sides of the fence, but if it what's you want to do, that's your prerogative,  as is mine.


This sort of reminds me of baby Einstein being a thing and then studies came out saying that letting your baby watch television that early in development is a horrible thing to do and suddenly nobody's raving about baby Einstein anymore.
http://content.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1650352,00.html


My daughter has games that help her learn math, spelling, problem solving, etc.. They still have their own toys but they play with, but i'm not about to complain about my kids using another tool to learn.
 
2014-02-17 07:11:30 PM

DaintySavage: jiggitysmith: DaintySavage: jiggitysmith: Huh.  I was expecting more outrage that a 2 year old was using an ipad.

Why? My daughter loved playing on my phone when she was 2 and my now 2 year old son is playing on my iphone right now. Seems the only people who would complain about it are people who have never had kids and think they are important enough to tell other people what to do with their lives.

Heh, when I was that age, I played with blocks and whatnot, or running around outside doing pointless kid things out in the lawn.  I don't even have an ipad now, unless you count the phone I use just for navigation, gas prices, garage sailing, or otherwise fairly boring things.
I dunno, I think generalizing the group of people who think kids shouldn't be fixated on a screen that early in life as ignorant busybodies isn't much better than generalizing that parents who let kids do that are potentially squandering creative/imagination development because they'd rather let the ipad interact with their child instead of themselves.  I'm sure this is a gross over generalization on both sides of the fence, but if it what's you want to do, that's your prerogative,  as is mine.


This sort of reminds me of baby Einstein being a thing and then studies came out saying that letting your baby watch television that early in development is a horrible thing to do and suddenly nobody's raving about baby Einstein anymore.
http://content.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1650352,00.html

My daughter has games that help her learn math, spelling, problem solving, etc.. They still have their own toys but they play with, but i'm not about to complain about my kids using another tool to learn.


Sounds like another "eggs are now bad for you" scandal.

/especially after the Ferguson-Donnellan study demonstrated that the anti-Baby Einstein study had a carefully cherry-picked data set that was useless for drawing conclusions
//as I recall, the makers of the Baby Einstein series won a $200k settlement from the University of Washington over it
 
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