The Intermittent Kevin

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former chicagoan

(Anonymous)
great story, glad you got your phone back. you're lucky you didn't get shot in the face.

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(Anonymous)
yea considering it was the PR parade in Humboldt park this past weekend

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Weaved

(Anonymous)
Yeah, I'm a bit worried someone is going to get shot using this feature, and then there will be lawsuits against Apple, and it will be turned off.

It's main purpose I think is to help you find lost phones, but not track down and retrieve them by force.

I fear this feature is going to get removed real fast because someone is going to get injured, then sue Apple. :(

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(Anonymous)
Nah, watch it come with stern warnings telling you not to try to play the hero yourself - same as if you're working at a store and somebody comes in and holds the place up.

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Call the police next time

(Anonymous)
...you can call 911. Well, only if you have another phone;)

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(Anonymous)
Bad idea, moron. 911 is for life-threatening emergencies, not: "I accidentally left my phone at a bar and someone took it."

Good story

(Anonymous)
Although slightly bigoted.

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(Anonymous)
Also enjoyed the story but, as a Puerto Rican myself, I'm not sure about the honkey name calling. Puerto Ricans don't call white guy's honkeys. I think Gringo is the derogatory term you were looking for.

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%)*)% lawyers

(Anonymous)
When you accept the terms for mobileme, there's probably some fine print in there that's a CYA for Apple in the event someone is injured while retrieving their lost phone. Anyway, glad you got yours back without a problem. I've kinda been on the fence about getting mobileme, and I think your experience just shoved me over to the "get it" side. Thanks.

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(Anonymous)
You're correct. It's kinda bogus...

I used Rewarding Return App and believe it or not, they ship your iPhone back to you free when someone locates it. (And by free, i mean they dont charge you for chipping - but the app costs $4.99).

You'd hoping not only that the finder is honest, but you entice them by offering a reward that Rewarding Return helps you transfer to them anonymously. It worked for me and apparently many others.

Search "Lost Phone Recovery" in the App store.

traced ibook via pop3 log

(Anonymous)
Same situation i had with daughter ibook.
We discovered it was stolen but was still being used to get email.
Since i do the admin for my own pop3 email server, i enabled debug and waited for the incoming ip information from pop3 requests.

Spoke to NTL( fibre provider in UK) and then spoke to police about which subscriber was using the end NTL device.
However Police never gave me feedback as to outcome :(

Re: traced ibook via pop3 log

(Anonymous)
Thats typical UK Police behaviour. They don't give a damn about loss of personal property to criminals (which they arrested and let go the next day because they screwed up somewhere), but they come after you without hesitation if you are threatening income to the state, for example by tax evasion, or denying some poor in-the-pocket-of-the-government company boss his profits by copying a couple of movies.

Oh my god...

This is priceless... hahaha
(Randomly came across this article from Slashdot. You guys rule!!!)

PRICELESS

(Anonymous)
You made (me) day! I just signed up for the iPhone finder this a.m. Called my son and told him about it. The next thing I know I get this PRICELESS story.
Loved, loved, loved it.

very nice indeed!

(Anonymous)
I can see Apple adding onto this feature instead of removing it. Imagine if you left your iPhone in your car and it was stolen (the car).

You have your very own personal lojack.. "iPhone, what do you want to track today?"

Re: very nice indeed!

(Anonymous)
Good point. Actually, it'd be the perfect tracking device for a kidnapping case. Give every kid an iPhone. ;)

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dangerous but..

(Anonymous)
I think this helps to highlight the fact that a lot of crimes are crimes of opportunity. There aren't a small group of people continually stealing up all the little bits and pieces out there, but chances are a lot of people you know have acted similarly in a situation where they feel morally justified taking from someone they don't (or do) know.

You don't know why you shook his hand? Well, he returned your phone, why not? Granted, it would never have happened without the mobileme feature, but still, it could have gone a lot worse.

I have a feeling that Apple will find a way to limit this feature in order to avoid such real time pursuits, except in the case of law enforcement, and rightfully so maybe.

"You don't know why you shook his hand? Well, he returned your phone, why not?"

Well, the guy knew the phone wasn't his, made no attempt to contact the phone's owner and hung up on people trying to contact it. I think a better way of putting it was that they took back their own property as apposed to him returning it.

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Tethering

(Anonymous)
"The biggest single problem is that you can't use me.com from the iPhone, meaning you can't find one iPhone using another. Hopefully Apple realizes this."

You can use tethering, assuming you still have a laptop handy, and don't live in the USA.

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(Anonymous)
You can in fact use me.com from your iphone.

tuawDOTcom/profile/2006583/

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thank you to restaurant

(Anonymous)
You should send a "thank you" to the restaurant owner, telling him that his employee "rescued" your phone for you.

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This! I am sure the restaurant owner would be very interested in knowing that one of his employees is stealing.

@3:24 Anonymous

Bigoted? Why, because the victim was white and the criminal was probably not? Take your politically correct bullsh1t and stuff it straight up your @$$.

lol

(Anonymous)
actually it is. The self deprecating term, the indication of language. subtle but present. I am cool with political incorrectness, just don't feign the nature of the tone.

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ive got a story for you

(Anonymous)
It's similar to what you've posted. I'll email it to you tonight.

-- Joe
joepsu@yahoo.com
Middletown, NJ

build upon

(Anonymous)
I think it could be a real good feature if apple added a explicit "i'm stolen" feature that you could active.

It could put your phone in a sort of dummy mode, like I dunno, perhaps always call a certain number, no matter what you type in.
Hide all your personal stuff,

Re: build upon

(Anonymous)
Post it here instead.

Remember: Not all iPhone thieves are non-violent

(Anonymous)
A friend of mine confronted some thieves who stole his iPhone during a bus ride in Seattle. They clubbed him over the head repeatedly with a skateboard. If you think that's funny, well it wasn't. You should have seen the photos. Pretty grim. My advice is to not confront criminals unless you have some hope of being able to defend yourself.

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(Anonymous)
The three of them has seen the perp was alone. Pretty good odds...

Awesome story!!!

(Anonymous)
Man you have the balls of a big bull!!! Glad you got the bastard. I would have grabbed whatever was on the street and punch the fucker on the knee cap!!! after that I would have search his wallet get all his money and buy a new IPhone 3GS. :-) Just kidding!!!

Great job!!!

Re: Awesome story!!!

(Anonymous)
Thank you for this reply now that is what we are all thinking!

hey

(Anonymous)
Hey! I used to live less than a block from there... with a shady roommate that worked at a bar...

find my iphone.

(Anonymous)
great story :-)

Sketchy Puerto Ricans

(Anonymous)
Why must CmdrTaco call the streets Kevin wandered "sketchy"?

As far as I could tell, Kevin said there were Puerto Ricans, someone held a birthday party, and there was a tall apartment building there--as well as the opportunist thief. Heaven forbid there be birthday parties and thieves. Does that translate into "sketchy"?

The same would go for New York's Upper East Side, home of Bernie Madoff.

Sincerely,
Ms. Gordita

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Cmdrtaco posted the bit, but the words were actually contributed by "an anonymous reader".

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Very cool. Of course...

Similar stories have been told about Google Lattitude.

And my Android phone has a similar "Where's My Android?" app that will override the ringer volume and duration, as well as replying to an SMS with the current GPS location. So you don't even need need a laptop...

Re: Very cool. Of course...

(Anonymous)
Yeah, no laptop needed as long as you can quickly translate GPS data to real-world location.

I cannot wait for a new peripheral add-on...

(Anonymous)
conductive case + big capacitor ... that can be activated remotely to shock the person holding the phone. That way you can just retrieve your phone from the stunned thief. Priceless!

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I was thinking of something like that, only instead of shocking the user, it would just set off a rather loud alarm, and it could be done either remotely or by having some kind of RFID dot somewhere else on your person (eg in a watch, bracelet, sock...)

Wow

(Anonymous)
Nice story. As someone said already, glad you didn't get hurt. For a moment I was picturing you 3 white guys in the wrong place having your laptop stolen as well. :)

You should have reported this worm to his workplace, if not the cops. I wonder how many other customers' phones etc he has ripped off?

Unnecessary detail

(Anonymous)
"It was a Puerto Rican neighborhood."

That is terrible. There is no reason to make this distinction. I hope you have the decency to apologize on this very same blog for intentionally disparaging an entire group of people for the act of one person. Your iPhone is not worth this sort of slander.

I'll be impressed if my post makes it through your screening, and doubly impressed if you can sincerely apologize to Puerto Ricans for your comment.

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Actually, I'm happy to post your comment, and happy to reply. Here's what I wrote at the bottom of my post, if you read that far:

The references to race are for two purposes:
First, to be self-deprecating about our own appearance, and how little we actually looked like a bad-ass iPhone tracking team;
Second, to establish how much we stood out in this particular neighborhood.
Besides a bit of self-mockery, I don't think I said or implied a single negative thing about anyone's race.

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Report the Thief

(Anonymous)
When things like this happen you need to make sure you: TURN IN THE THIEF! Every time it's some jerk that works there and they are lying about finding your item so make sure you turn them in TO THE POLICE not just the store. When something similar happened to me (cashier was running a short-change scam) the manager was in on it but I wouldn't have know about it if I hadn't also called the cops. Those two would have kept on ripping off people and that iPhone thief will keep stealing stuff people leave in restaurants.

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(Anonymous)
You are very optimistic about the level of police interest in going after real, but small time, criminals.

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