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Old January 27th, 2013, 11:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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The Most Ridiculous Law of 2013 (So Far): It Is Now a Crime to Unlock Your Smartphone....

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BY DECREE OF THE LIBRARIAN OF CONGRESS

IT SHALL HENCEFORCE BE ORDERED THAT AMERICANS SHALL NOT UNLOCK THEIR OWN SMARTPHONES.

PENALTY: In some situations, first time offenders may be fined up to $500,000, imprisoned for five years, or both. For repeat offenders, the maximum penalty increases to a fine of $1,000,000, imprisonment for up to ten years, or both.*


The Most Ridiculous Law of 2013 (So Far): It Is Now a Crime to Unlock Your Smartphone - Derek Khanna - The Atlantic

This is real...no fooling. The idiot government has decided they now own and control our smartphones...

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Old January 27th, 2013, 11:27 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Unlock is not root. Unlock means being able to use it on all networks. Your phone can remain locked to a network even if rooted.
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Old January 28th, 2013, 12:16 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Either way it's rediculous. I wish the US was more like the rest of the world where evedy phone was unlocked and carriers didn't mind as long as you paid them.
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Old January 28th, 2013, 01:20 AM   #4 (permalink)
 
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Old January 28th, 2013, 02:53 AM   #5 (permalink)
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There's a much longer discussion of this over in the Lounge.
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Old January 28th, 2013, 04:07 AM   #6 (permalink)
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So what did the carriers promise the US Government to get this monumentally daft ruling?
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I don't no about the most ridiculous, but a law about unlocking has to be one of the least neccessary: the issue is already covered perfectly adequately by contract law and probably by laws on theft.
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