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iPhone, another public health problem.

by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 12, 2015 2:21 AM PST

"Our findings suggest that iPhone separation can negatively impact performance on mental tasks," Russell Clayton, a doctoral candidate at the MU School of Journalism and lead author of the study, said. "Additionally, the results from our study suggest that iPhones are capable of becoming an extension of our selves such that when separated, we experience a lessening of 'self' and a negative physiological state."
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I must be
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / January 12, 2015 3:12 AM PST

in a very poor psychologically anxious state then. I don't possess an iPhone nor any other smart phone.


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I've hear of anxiety in pets
by Steven Haninger / January 12, 2015 3:18 AM PST

when they're separated from their masters but that seems normal to me. I'm not an iPhone or even a smart phone owner so I can't show true empathy for someone who's lost or misplaced their dear little hand held. Hopefully someone will come up with an app that will facilitate re-bonding time once the device is found.

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maybe it's a social crutch for them.
by James Denison / January 12, 2015 6:22 PM PST

Sounds like the way conservatives feel about concealed carry.

Conservatives carry guns, Liberals carry iPhones, maybe if we regulate the one, we should regulate the other to the same degree?

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That raises an interesting thought
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / January 12, 2015 6:40 PM PST

If, as you surmise, Conservatives carry guns, and Liberals carry iPhones, are Conservatives statistically safer than all those non-gun carrying Liberals?

Put it another way, statistically, are more Liberals attacked by perpetrators carrying guns than Conservatives attacked by perpetrators carrying guns?

That would be an enormous publicity hit for the gun lobby.


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that's an interesting thought
by James Denison / January 12, 2015 6:54 PM PST

I do know those with iPhones have been attacked at a higher rate in order to steal the phone from them. A number of news stories in the past couple years about it. Don't know if anyone's been shot for their iPhone, but wouldn't be surprised. Most I think are snatch and run, some may involve violence other than guns.

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So, no statistics
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / January 12, 2015 7:33 PM PST

on whether Conservatives are safer than all those non-gun carrying Liberals then.


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we'd need more
by James Denison / January 13, 2015 4:29 AM PST
In reply to: So, no statistics

added to the concealed carry side in all 50 states to make such a determination. Liberals don't like such equalities.

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So what you are saying
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / January 13, 2015 4:34 AM PST
In reply to: we'd need more

is that you have no statistics to support your claim that Conservatives are safer than all those non-gun carrying Liberals.


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With headlines like these
by James Denison / January 13, 2015 5:17 AM PST
In reply to: So what you are saying

you only need the one side of the story, LOL.


"A California couple were arraigned Tuesday on charges they collected hundreds of stolen smartphones from across the nation, then sold them in Hong Kong for as much as $2,000 each.

Shou Lin Wen, 39, and his wife, Yuting Tan, 27, made nearly $4 million from the scheme in just eight months, the state attorney general said."


"Apple thefts have skyrocketed 40 percent from last year.
The New York Post originally estimated Apple crime had jumped 55 percent, but the statistics are still alarming as one in seven crimes in New York City now involve Apple products.
The statistic greatly outpaces overall New York City crime, which only rose four percent."

"Apple Picking"

"Prosecutors charged Davis and an alleged accomplice, Alejandro
Campos, with murder. They have pleaded not guilty and are awaiting
trial in jail on Rikers Island.Nearly a year after Yang's death, a
cloud of grief still hangs over his family. His father sleeps in his
son's bed. His mother prayed at the scene of the shooting every day for
four weeks until her husband asked her to stop. "It will only cause you
heartbreak," he told her. Hyun Sup Yang attributed her son's death to the insatiable demand for the world's most popular phone. "If my son never had an iPhone," she said in an interview, "he would be alive now."Yang's
murder stands as a chilling example of a modern-day crime wave sweeping
the country, sometimes with deadly consequences. From New York to San
Francisco to Washington, D.C., police have reported a surge in thefts of
smartphones and tablet computers -- iPhones and iPads in particular.
The spike in robberies has grown so pronounced that police have coined a
term for such crimes: Apple picking."

Crime Explodes Over iPhones

"Cell phone theft in San Francisco has become such a major problem that police officers have attempted to set up sting operations to arrest buyers of potentially stolen phones. Doing so, SFPD argues, would target the source of the problem. Without buyers, thieves would have no market to sell to.Map of violent cell phone thefts in San FranciscoMap of violent cell phone thefts in San Francisco "In just over half the incidents, victims were punched, kicked, or otherwise physically intimidated for their phones, and in a quarter of robberies, users were threatened with guns or knives," reports Infoworld. AdvertisementThis accounted for 41 percent of the serious crimes in the city. In Washington, DC, theft of phones accounted for 40 percent of robberies while in New York, the number is over half."


What we need are police with bullet proof vests on, walking in civilian dress, wearing the tell all ear buds, and when someone comes up to them with a gun or knife, just blast about half the clip into them before they realize what's happening. Now THAT will bring an end to it!!! Not only will it be a deterrent, but send another low life to God for his own personal judgement day. Like the good book says, "Put the evil from among you".

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Do you think a mugger
by Steven Haninger / January 12, 2015 7:36 PM PST

can look at a potential victim and know their politics?...and thus determine whether an attack is safe or not?

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I think
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / January 13, 2015 3:52 AM PST
In reply to: Do you think a mugger

you should ask James that. He's the one who tells us that "Conservatives carry guns, Liberals carry iPhones".

I wonder the reason for that. Is it beneficial for Conservatives to carry guns, instead of iPhones? Why?

As to your own question, I have no idea. But then that is not what I was asking, and again, it was James who raised this interesting fact.


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I'm glad you asked
by James Denison / January 13, 2015 4:32 AM PST
In reply to: I think

Yes, some display who they are by how they dress. Ever hear the expression, "the clothes make the man"? Can you recognize a military person by how he dresses? Can you recognize a police officer by how he dresses? Can you recognize a hippy by how he dresses? Can you recognize a "lady of the evening" by how she dresses and acts? Yes, you can tell a lot about a person by how he dresses, the shoes he wears, the slogans he likes on his clothes, and so forth. Is it an exact science? No, but then neither are criminals; scientists.

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Are you answering
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / January 13, 2015 4:37 AM PST
In reply to: I'm glad you asked

the question Steven asked?

Thank you. I didn't know.


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But that doesn't necessarily reveal their politics
by Steven Haninger / January 13, 2015 5:38 AM PST
In reply to: I'm glad you asked

I'd admit there are some subtleties that might give one a better than 50-50 chance of being correct but I doubt many can approach 90% or more when sampling the general population.

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RE: Can you recognize a police officer by how he dresses?
by JP Bill / January 13, 2015 11:40 AM PST
In reply to: I'm glad you asked

YES....If/when he is wearing a police uniform.

If he is wearing civilian clothing and carrying a doughnut I would think he could be a police officer.

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Ah, yes...except for one thing...
by Steven Haninger / January 13, 2015 5:29 PM PST

His haircut could partially give him away or at least narrow one's choices. He may also be required to carry his gun while off duty so would need the proper clothing to conceal it. Of course your doughnut joke just might be reason for you to dress as inconspicuously as possible for a while.

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RE: He may also be required to carry his gun
by JP Bill / January 13, 2015 7:46 PM PST

That would indicate he was a conservative...not necessarily a policeman.

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by Steven Haninger / January 13, 2015 9:46 PM PST

Anyone, other than a police officer, carrying a weapon is "a conservative"? I wasn't and am not addressing political leanings. I'd suspect gun toting to not necessarily be a factor in how one votes. From what I understand, the two parties here in the US aren't diametrically opposed to gun ownership.

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RE: Anyone carrying a weapon is "a conservative"?
by JP Bill / January 13, 2015 9:51 PM PST
In reply to: ????
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Well then
by Steven Haninger / January 13, 2015 10:04 PM PST

You're addressing one person's comments. I'm addressing a broader topic. That makes this a useless discussion so count me out of it.

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(NT) that doesn't negate others doing it
by James Denison / January 14, 2015 11:23 AM PST
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Does it mean ALL conservatives carry guns?
by JP Bill / January 14, 2015 11:38 AM PST

See where I'm going?

Now that you've admitted that people that aren't conservatives carry guns.

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by JP Bill / January 13, 2015 11:48 AM PST
In reply to: I'm glad you asked
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Skynet is here
by Willy / January 13, 2015 1:52 AM PST

Maybe not skynet but iNet is more like it. I'm sure in the future some nanobots will be implanted to start building an int. iLink for new born. Quite honestly, its just the "norm" now for anyone young. I personally can live w.o it because I can, really. However, though at a low form, still need a cellphone for business and then personal reasons. I wanted to be unplugged long ago during the days of beepers and such. Is it for the better, well do you feel better? About the long thing I can really like about anything cell phony is having it for emergencies, now how many have you had? -----WIlly Happy

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Personally only a dozen or so.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 13, 2015 2:16 AM PST
In reply to: Skynet is here

But my world is handheld apps that I've written since the 90's and before that embedded systems, automatic test systems and the move from custom systems to smart phones means that I get to use a lot of different models. Not as many as a reviewer may see but at least enough to become agnostic.

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Saw on TV
by Willy / January 13, 2015 3:19 AM PST

The latest top level new drone in prototype. Basically and more what they did was remove some smartphone video/cam guts and then multiply it and install in flying drone. Thus, it's able to multi-view the world below. In effect you see overlapping screen where the viewer can the pick one and zoom or find details they want to expand upon. Why, because current drones are like a limited tunnel view and trying to decide on a go/no go kill mode hangs in the balance. That's a good thing right, not wasting citizens that have nothing to do or person being focused on.

Of course, the more you have to meddle into anything that requires smartphones or similar the more likely you'll be using some aspect of that. Geeezz, all those poor people using "Candy Crush" and all the other TV commercials for apps just so you can try it out. Why, because they hook you and then feed the monster as you beyond a some period. Who saw that coming??? -----Willy Happy

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