Posts Tagged ‘telephone’

Stolen iPhones: Why is Ed Lee’s San Francisco Incapable of Shutting Down the Open-Air Apple Store at 7th & Market?

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Why is Mid-Market the West Coast Capitol of  Stolen iPhone Sales? I know not.

And yet, this is the place where your former iPhone changes hands.

The SFPD knows about this sitch, but it’s unwilling / unable to do anything about it.

Chapter 3876:

“On September 27, 2012 San Francisco Police arrested two suspects in connection with a robbery which occurred on Duncan Street at Diamond Heights Boulevard at approximately 8:00 pm.

In this incident the victim was walking on Duncan Street when he was approached by the suspect (later Identified as Waldo Butler). Butler asked the victim for directions to a nearby grocery store. When the victim pointed towards the grocery store, he noticed another male (later Identified as Paris Brown) sitting inside a tan minivan parked in front of a driveway on Duncan Street. It was at this point when Butler grabbed the victim by his arm, pulled him closer and produced a semi-automatic handgun from his waistband and pointed it at the victim. Butler demanded the victim’s cell phone, wallet, and backpack. Butler then took the victims items and fled towards the tan minivan.

San Francisco Police Officers immediately arrived on scene and were able to use a mobile tracking application that the victim had installed on his cell phone. This tracking software was put to use as part of the Police Department’s violence prevention strategy of Interrupt, Predict and Organize (IPO) which seeks to: interrupt violent crimes, to predict where retaliation may occur and prevent additional violence from occurring. This technology led officers to 7th Street and Market Street. Once officers saturated the area, they were able to locate the tan minivan used in the robbery (with two occupants sitting inside the vehicle) on Laskie Street at 7th Street. It was later determined that the two occupants were the suspects in the robbery. Officers located the victim’s property inside the vehicle as well as a loaded semi-automatic handgun. The presence of this phone tracking technology and the quick and coordinated response of police officers from several district stations led to the identity and arrest of the two suspects who were identified as: Waldo Butler, male, 21, of Vallejo, and Paris Brown, male, 25, of San Francisco.

Butler is currently charged with felony 2nd degree robbery, felony receiving known stolen property, felony conspiracy, felony carrying a loaded firearm to commit a felony, misdemeanor carrying a loaded firearm in a public place, misdemeanor carrying a concealed weapon, and misdemeanor carrying a concealed weapon in a vehicle.

Brown is currently charged with Felony 2nd Degree robbery, felony receiving known stolen property, felony conspiracy, and misdemeanor carrying a concealed weapon in a vehicle.”

Oh well.

Is Ed Lee a bad Interim Mayor?

It’s sure looking that way…

OMG OMG, the New Samsung Galaxy S III Phone is Here, Almost – Release Date is June 21 on the T-Mobile

Monday, June 4th, 2012

The highly-anticipated Samsung Galaxy S III is a coming on June 21, 2012, at (achtung, baby!) T-Mobile, (aka Deutsche Telekom AG) anyway – that’s the news.

Oh, it turns out that that big AT&T / T Mobile merger isn’t going to happen, so TMO soldiers on as America’s #4 (and Germany’s #1) cell phone carrier, not that that really affects me. What affects me is that the T-Mobile doesn’t work so hot in the Lower Haight / Between the Haights (BTH) areas, I’ve noticed, lately, for whatever reason. Otherwise TMO is AOK.

This new device is wide. My man-hands will be able to handle it (in about a half-year or so when my re-up time comes), but what about your hands? I don’t know.

Deets from this AM’s release are below.

“T-Mobile to Debut the Samsung Galaxy S III on June 21 – Latest in Galaxy S series brings fast group sharing and on-the-go entertainment all running on America’s Largest 4G Network

BELLEVUE, Wash. — June 4, 2012 — T-Mobile USA, Inc., the No. 1 mobile operator brand in Samsung Galaxy S sales, and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the U.S. and the No. 1 smartphone provider worldwide,1 announced the upcoming release of the highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy S® III. Starting June 21, T-Mobile customers will have the opportunity to own one of the most innovative smartphones in the market to date, joining the popular Galaxy S family of devices.

The Samsung Galaxy S III is one of T-Mobile’s fastest 4G (HSPA+ 42 technology) smartphones. With an intuitive design, the Galaxy S III enables customers to share photos, videos and more effortlessly to a compatible TV or other Galaxy S III devices. Featuring a beautiful 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED™ screen, the Galaxy S III packs a powerful entertainment experience allowing customers to watch HD movies and TV shows, download apps and securely browse the Web at lightning-fast speeds on America’s Largest 4G Network®.

“We have a tremendous history of working with Samsung to bring cutting-edge devices to market, and we know our customers are excited to get their hands on the Galaxy S III,” said Brad Duea, senior vice president, product management, T-Mobile USA. “As we continue to aggressively compete, this device is yet another example of how T-Mobile delivers amazing devices and 4G experiences to our customers.”

On they go, after the jump.

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A Tip for Cyclists on Market Street: When Getting Cited by the SFPD, Make Sure to Check Your Email

Monday, May 14th, 2012

‘Cause that will save you time when you finally make it to the office.

See?

Cold busted:

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What’s Hanging Off the Side of the Hyatt Regency Embarcadero – The Scariest-Looking Cell Phone Antennas Imaginable?

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

That’s window cleaning equipment on the left, but what are those huge antennas on the right?

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Courage.

The Yellow Pages Opt-Out Program Simply Doesn’t Work – San Francisco Man Shows How Opt-In is Better than Opt-Out

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

San Francisco resident Jon Sieker has a beef with AT&T.

See?

“You accidentally gave me a White and Yellow pages this year after I signed up to not receive either of them”

Here’s the proof:

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And here’s the note he just sent to Ma Bell, cause you see, Jon has Internet access:

“Dear AT&T,

2 years ago I was so disappointed by the waste that the Yellow and White pages caused, caring about my community and environment, I searched online for what I could do to minimize the waste. I was very happy to find your web site that allowed me to opt out and not receive a White Pages and Yellow pages to save on the waste. Thank you for providing this option as I have The Internet and don’t need a physical phone directory. The Internet gives me all of the information I need including your yellow pages site. I felt great to find and fill out the form that allowed me to NOT RECEIVE both yellow and white pages. I felt I was doing something to save the environment. Imagine my surprise when I was accidentally given both the yellow pages and white pages today.

Please let me know what I should do with the unwanted publications. It would be best if you came and picked them up from me and passed them on to some unfortunate soul with no internet.

As a side not, it would be great if your delivery agents didn’t litter my street and community with these unwanted relics from the past. I have photos of the litter if you are interested or don’t believe me. I would be happy to pass these photos on to you or any of the other organizations copied on this email.

Thank you for your help. I look forward to the solution you provide.”

O.K. then.

Now, do you think that the National Opt Out Program would work any better?

I don’t.

Simply, nobody in San Francisco wants telephone books anymore.

So, telephone book industry, why not just tell your Santas to pass over the 415 when you send them out delivering across America this holiday season?

Just asking…

Harsh: San Francisco Apple Fanboys and Fangirls Get Cruelly Mocked in New Samsung Galaxy S II Phone Commercial

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

[UPDATE: Comments Camarografo:

“Dude, you’re a barista.”]

Dude, harsh:

Via bcasement 

Samsung 4EVR.

And HTC in the hiz-ouse.

How to Separate Teenaged Girls From Their SmartPhones: Offer Them a Sneak Peak of “Twilight: Breaking Dawn” at the Mall

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

This was the scene last night at the Century San Francisco Centre 9 Theatres above Bloomingdales in the Great WestField Mall of SoMA. Sneak peekers of the latest horrible teen vampire/werewolf flick had to check their mobiles.

How could they stand for this, for even a couple hours?

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(Can you imagine what this box would be worth in the Mid-Market just a few blocks away on 7th Street, you know the World Capitol of Stolen Phones for Sale? A lot of cabbage, that’s for sure…)

The Last Time an Ad in the Yellow Pages Worked: How FEMA Found an Aerial Photographer After 9/11

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

After 9/11, FEMA needed somebody to go up in a chopper every day for nine months to document recovery and removal. A certain Mr. Brown was the man for the job.

Check it, from the NYT, via Todd Lapin:

“Do you do aerial photography?” the caller asked.

“Sure,” Mr. Brown said. “If you have a plane or a helicopter.”

“We have planes and helicopters,” the caller replied.

But, “The truth was, he had never done aerial work.” Uh oh.

Nevertheless, it was all good, and the rest is history.

From before the time the telephone book industry got demolished by the Internet:

Cameras sure were big back then, huh?

OMG, NOPA NIMBY Nightmare: Telephone Pole Has a Cell Phone Antenna PLUS a PG&E SmartMeter – Double Trouble

Friday, October 28th, 2011

The SmartMeter is the round white thing on the right and the cellie antenna is that stuff jutting out at the very top.

How would you like this RF farm parked three yards from your front door? 

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Poor NIMBYs.

Poor by-now-certainly-sterile, wealthy, white, wizened, whiny NoPNA NIMBYs of the Western Addition.

And won’t somebody please think of the children?

Unwanted, Unsolicited Copies of “The Ed Lee Story” Litter Our Streets – Who Opted In? – If We Can Ban Phone Books…

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

[UPDATE: Looks like the opt-in theory is dead, as Jesse Mullan of Fine Internets reports that The Ed Lee Story: An Unexpected Mayor was actually delivered to candidate Dennis Herrera’s house. How wude!]

Now of course there’s a First Amendment issue about telephone book companies being banned from delivering useless telephone books willy-nilly to the residents of San Francisco, but that’s not stopping us from trying to stop delivery of useless telephone books.

So if we are banning unwanted telephone books, why do we allow copies of the laughable Ed Lee Story: An Unelected Mayor to be strewn about the Avenues?

Thusly.

Here’s the sitch as it is right now in the Richmond: 

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Oh here’s another a few houses over – Ed’s waiting for you to come home!

The copies I saw strewn about are just like the books what come around every so often, pretty much. I mean, these aren’t campaign fliers, they’re full-on paperback books with 132 pages each.

Anyway, each Ed Lee for Mayor book had a Post-It Note what said, “Hope you enjoy the book. Vote ED! :)” ad naseum, all in identical girlish handwriting.

(So that’s what those high school students are being “organized” to do for $11 per hour? O.K. fine, but can you imagine the typical high school student writing thousands of Post It Notes to support the conservative, pro-business candidate?)

You’ll find a slightly different message on the copies that are showing up in the “Free, Take One” remainder bins across town –  “We love you,” they say.

It’s safe at this point to mention that the printer made too many copies, I think, that somebody overestimated demand for this tome.

If only there were a place we could send all these unwanted books.

Mmmmmm….

I wonder if they’re recyclable?

Oh well…