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Jonathan Townsend
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Samsung claims it can deactivate smart TVs by serial number over the internet.
For whatever reason. Because.
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Because they never want me to buy one?
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Jonathan Townsend
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It's getting tough to not buy a smart device. Samsung also makes cable boxes, phones, air conditioners, microwave ovens...

context: (from today)
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As a precautionary measure and in line with the recommendations from the Presidential announcement and the guidelines from the Department of Health we have taken the decision to reduce the number of staff at our Call Center.

https://www.samsung.com/za/support/
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The announcement comes in the wake of violent unrest in South Africa in July. At that time, an undisclosed number of Samsung TVs were stolen from one of Samsung’s warehouses, according to the report.

“The blocking system is intended to be implemented in respect of televisions that have been obtained by users through unlawful means and, in some cases, stolen from the Samsung warehouses,”

https://www.digitaltrends.com/home-theat......len-tvs/
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I assume Apple and Samsung cellphones also have kill switches?
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Presume so.
Apple announced remote control capabilities with a patent quoted below.
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... the computer determining that a person in the pre-captured second image is within the boundary specified by the rule...


https://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Pars......,380,225
It's been in the works for a while. E.G. from 2007:
https://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Pars......F7194278
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I heard Samsung is using the 'kill switch' to brick stolen TVs as they do stolen phones.

Back in the 1980s, I knew a fellow who could kill TVs and radios etcetera in his area with a microwave oven that he adapted, which was useful to the local bank robbers apparently.
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On Aug 27, 2021, landmark wrote:
I assume Apple and Samsung cellphones also have kill switches?


When I left my iPhone in the men's room at work, it was missing when I went back. I called it and the guy on the other end said; "Hello?" "You have my phone." "I didn't know it was yours." "You knew it wasn't yours!" "Well, I ain't coming all that way back. You'll have to come get it." "Where are you?" CLICK!

So I called Apple, reported the phone stolen, and it was shut off and completely blocked.

I got a new phone and backed it up from the Cloud!

I imagine, he sold my phone to someone who could crack it, erase it, and resell it as "used."
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FYI: https://www.apple.com/icloud/find-my/

cracking is not so simple - but the parts are expensive ... so perhaps a chop shop?
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Probably. Not important to me, I have a new phone and still have my info.
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