blastermaster555 t1_j26jaou wrote

Every theft is a chance to get caught.

I understand the separation, but the way the post was worded, it sounded like advocating for being able to unlock locked devices, which means getting access to user data.

Before the device locking (device tied to account, requires unlock), phone theft was more profitable, because tossing the sim card and resetting it was trivial. Now that we have stolen phone databases (carriers refuse phone on the network when stolen), device sign in requirements (phone serial attached to account and required to unlock), and on device encryption, now we have a different problem.

From what I understand via RtR, the problem is not this, but being able to connect replacement parts that are serialized for security reasons. It is a security risk to have a bugged part paired such as a touchscreen or print reader that can easily have an extra chip used to steal customer info. The problem that it clashes with RtR is with manufacturers not providing a way to put official parts on yourself (such as re-pairing these serialized parts with the device).


blastermaster555 t1_j26c6ai wrote

So if someone steals your phone, unlocks it, then downloads data that lets them steal your identity, that's alright?

Stolen phones get bricked is good if everyone does it - then phone thefts go down because word on the street is, it's not worth it.


blastermaster555 t1_j22foek wrote

Cats going deaf don't know their volume. When mine was near the end, I took her on middle of the night walks around the neighborhood, and I let her sleep on the bed. I certainly had the nights where she'd be yowling, and then look at me (noticing I am right here) and give a quiet "meh". I've seen ideas of having lights on, or night lights. Probably a good idea. Or at least a cat bed in that corner, with a favorite blanket, or an old shirt that you wear for a bit before putting it down as bedding.

The weight loss is a concern, though. Mine did that on the last year of her life, due to hyperthyroidism, then the slow death of kidney failure. I knew her time was coming when the urine sample was practically water. Eventually, the kidneys just can't detox the body, and fluids build up, suffocating them.

As for my cat's final days, I had the last nightly walk the night before putting her down. No regrets. She wanted it, and I let it. She was feeling well enough to try and be a cat one more time, and who would I be to refuse? Let her sleep on the bed, held her to the end.

The final decision is a hard one to make, but important to not delay if you know the time has come. Cherish the good times, and make sure kitty's last memories are good ones. They often do know when it's their time to go, too.