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Losing an iPhone... & Dinner

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Friday, November 30, 2012 15:20 EST

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DSM419
DSM419  
12/17/2012 6:52:01 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: such. a. bummer.
I just went and read all the comments and see my question answered here. At least it was a lesson learned. It happens to the best of us!

DSM419
DSM419  
12/17/2012 6:50:20 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Bummer
Even though our city is much safer than ever, I suppose sometimes bad things just happen. I'm sorry to hear about your phone. Did you have "find my iphone" on? They say when using that option you can wipe your phone clean when its stolen so your information cant be stolen. And of course until the power runs out it can be found if the cops get the report filed fast enough :)

stotheco
stotheco  
12/6/2012 3:14:41 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Nice People and Phones
Aww, nice to know that there are still a lot of nice and good people around!

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
12/5/2012 11:24:17 AM
User Rank Staff
Re: Nice People and Phones
Five times! Wow. Actually my neighbor in NYC told me of at least three different times he's left his phone in a taxi and has had a person return it each time.

I had a similar experience once. I went to a panel at New York University, and my phone fell out of my pocket. It was fortunately found by one of the speakers who used it to call my family. I got to pick it up at her building the next day. 

Not quite the same when someone intentionally takes the phone though, alas.

Hope your daughter's days of losing her phone are behind her!

Toby
Toby  
12/5/2012 10:24:27 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Dependency
We use a system on laptops that keeps the HD encrypted. When you log in it decrypts the data. I think something like this for handhelds cannot come too soon.

Resurgent phoenix
Resurgent phoenix  
12/4/2012 10:27:05 PM
User Rank Burgher
Nice People and Phones
My daughter lost her phone at least 5 times and each time the person who found the phone called Mom and we were able to retrieve it.  My city is not perfect, but some nice people do live here.  Of course the caller recieved a tip from me!

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
12/4/2012 6:40:59 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: Dependency
Wow, that's an unbelievable amount, Simon. All the more reason to get rid of cars! :)

Simon Hersom
Simon Hersom  
12/4/2012 1:45:31 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Dependency
On a related theme I've just seen a statistic that 39% of the cars stolen in London in 2011 were driven away without the keys.  Some of the most expensive cars could be stolen in under a minute by breaking a window and using the manufacturers own equipment to clone a key.  

The equipment was being sold on eBay.  I bet the security system cost millions to develop too.

 

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
12/4/2012 11:53:06 AM
User Rank Staff
Re: Dependency
@Simon: I've long been skeptical of digital wallets and digital currencies for that very reason. Keeping EVERYTHING on one device is great until it isn't (i.e., until that device breaks or is lost or stolen).

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
12/4/2012 11:52:00 AM
User Rank Staff
Re: Dependency
@Lesthertod: I think sometimes we need to learn lessons the hard way. In a weird way I'm grateful that it happened so I could be smarter in the future. Also, it was the best possible scenario for being robbed -- no injuries, no weapons involved. Now, I have a new iPhone with all the proper security features installed, and I'm more aware of my surroundings.

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