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The theft of electronic devices
increases as they become more
portable. One reason is that
thieves have greater geographic
opportunities---homes, cars and
people---wherever they might be.
Breaking into cars at the malls,
streets and even residences to
steal laptop computers and note-
books had reached epidemic pro-
portions. The GPS device and
other anti-theft devices installed
on the laptops given to SEA
graduates are intended to dis-
courage and prevent their pillage.
The stealing of smartphones
and iPads now presents a global
headache. In the USA, it is
reported that one in three robberies involve a
smartphone, costing consumers some US$30
billion. Reports suggest that some ten thou-
sand handsets are stolen on monthly basis in
London. Recently, here in T&T two young
men were murdered in the struggle that
ensued when they were being robbed of their
Law-enforcement agencies and phone man-
ufacturers are joining hands to come up with
a solution to stem this rising criminal tide.
The solution being proposed is the installation
of a "kill switch" by the manufacturer.
The GPS sensor in smartphones, which
allows the location of the phone to be tracked,
is naturally immediately switched off upon
theft, and can be disabled. Also the phone is
deactivated. So tracing the phone is not possi-
Illegal phone acquisition can only be prof-
itable if the device can be sold and the "new"
owner is able to use it. This requires re-acti-
vation and hence the intent of the anti-theft
thrust to make this difficult or impossible.
Apple has proposed the iPhone activation lock
and Samsung is offering the Lojack for
Android. For this to be effective, manufactur-
ers and mobile networks would require that
consumers give access to subscriber informa-
Any phone has the following identifier tags:
a phone number, an International Mobile
Equipment Number (IMEI) and
an International Mobile Sub-
scriber Identity IMSI.
The phone number can easily
be changed by changing the SIM
card. The advent of the terrorists
resulted in SIM cards being regis-
tered against a buyer name and
hence tracing became possible.
The vast majority of mobile
networks subscribe to a Central
Equipment Identity system which
holds a database of the IMEI
numbers of the subscribers of the
member companies. Thus if a
phone is reported as stolen, then
its IMEI number is blocked from
the networks; rendering the
phone useless. Incredibly however, the IMEI
number can be changed.
To see your phone IMEI number, type in
*#06# and call. A 15-digit number will
appear on your screen. This is your IMEI
There are many sources offering information
on changing it. In fact as a test, using the
Google Search Engine, the phrase "changing
phone IMEI number" resulted in some
317,000 results in about one third of a second.
In the UK, it is illegal to change this num-
ber. Clearly the same should be done here.
The IMSI number is not easily accessible
and hence it is far better protected.
For any anti-theft strategy to be successful,
it would require that subscribers give some
measure of control to phone companies/man-
ufacturers which may be accessed by law-
Recent events, both here and abroad, have
caused consumers to view such measures with
great scepticism and justifiable suspicion. So
even though the anti-theft measures may well
prove to be technically feasible and sound, the
human element adds so much uncertainty to
the outcome that they might not be instituted.
It gives one cause for reflection. Is it possi-
ble for technology, despite the best intentions
of its creators, tob be used only for its intend-
The evidence to date is depressing.
HOW TO PREVENT
SCIENCE AND SOCIETY
Mindless WI cricket
makes viewing painful
Not withstanding the rather fortuitous
win Friday, I am just as sick of this WI
cricket team as is JS Kelsick of St Ann's in
a letter to the editor, not only because of
the team per se, but because of me and
others like me who are psychologically en-
trapped into viewing a team which is the
epitome of simplemindedness as far as
reading the game is concerned, indiscipline
on the field and a flagrant indifference to
what others, especially the viewing sup-
porters, may think of their performance.
I have written previously of one "icon's"
amazing mindlessness in the qualifier
game in the Champion's League against
South Africa in which the highly-publicised
data on Duckworth--Lewis required the
"icon" to merely let the ball go by but
chose instead to hit it for six, being
promptly caught out in the process and
the team being eliminated.
In the same game a similar lack of good
cricketing sense saw another "icon" trying
to hit Dale Steyn, the fastest bowler in the
world, out of the ground in cross-batted
fashion to a lightning-fast straight ball de-
fying the possibility of contact, with the
And the bowlers no less, with occasional
flashes of brilliance, but lacking in consis-
tency, especially so with one of our super
"icons", a shadow of himself in the IPL
where he has been the mystery spinner
And is this the real problem, no IPL so
no real money, therefore no real commit-
ment as evidenced as by the lacklustre
fielding and the monkeying and grinning in
the background in the pavilion while the
team is floundering to defeat.
In any case, why worry, because icons
don't get replaced no matter what. Which
brings me to the selectors! They are the
epitome of another kind of malaise in the
cricket, the lack of logic, good sense and
fairplay in the selection of the team! One
case of many is Ramdin's elimination for
not making runs although many of the ap-
parently immoveable icons are more culpa-
ble in this respect. The selectors seem
totally oblivious to the fact that he is the
much-needed specialist wicketkeeper and
indifferent to the recommendation of the
supremely iconic Clive Lloyd, that Ramdin
And finally, to our local commentators
who are content to enjoy their cup of tea
and indulge in the safe space of merely de-
scribing play on the field and not emulate
their counterparts elsewhere of critically
analysing the team's performance and let-
ting the chips fall where they may: cricket
was once our pride and joy, now it is our
shame and misery, but we must not ac-
cept this change ad infinitum.
Empty stands would be a great mes-
sage, but for our own private satisfaction,
let us develop the willpower to switch sta-
tions and enjoy a good Western as I did
during this game today.
Dr Errol Benjamin,
Mr Gordon, make
a graceful exit
Whether he accepts it or not, Ken Gor-
don by his own admission, has become the
central figure in this lingering e-mail-gate
scandal. Perhaps by the "slip of the mouth"
on several occasions, he alluded to the fact
that he did met Leader of the Opposition,
Dr Keith Rowley at his backyard and in-
vited him "for a drink".
Any democratic thinking person would
have thought that any sensitive matter
concerning state-related issues would
have had certain protocol procedures to
follow as it relates to meeting with public
personalities such as the Opposition
Leader and the Integrity Commission
By admission of these two gentlemen
this should never have happened and it
has brought ridicule to their esteemed of-
Enough damage has already been done
and renewed public confidence in the in-
tegrity office needs to be restored expedi-
tiously. Mr Gordon, please chose the
decent way out and resign now!
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