lmao Google invents Ransomware as a service
Not apparently, I can confirm that is indeed the case.
Mobile phones have easily done more for Africa's #economic development than anything else in the last 100 years.
The scenario they describe is: You finance your phone and when you stop paying your rates, the "actual device owner" (financie) can lock it.
It's still stupid.
@adidal What, Why
@adidal welcome to the apocalypse
He was right all along
@adidal blah blah blah the trend for the future of tech is that companies don't want you to own anything blah blah blah
@adidal they've come a long way from "don't be evil"
@adidal I don't see how this is worse than the carrier just shutting you off. That's what happens now. This is at least more granular.
Nothing new is happening here other than new levels of being shut off. In the past they just shut the service off entirely.
@adidal wonderful, beautiful idea... 🙂
@dimpase I love progress
@adidal once we rented an apartment where the previous tenants failed to pay for gas on time, which resulted in a card-operated gas meter installed there. It was very inconvenient to say the least, but Google doing this app is on par with HP inventing "rented ink"...
@adidal @dredmorbius That is literally how China controls its population - they turn off the payment apps in your phone if you have open traffic tickets or -say- they need everybody in a city off the streets.
It's very effective, since many services in China expect payment through those apps, so once your phone is blocked you WILL comply.
@adidal Which Google App?
@adidal Sad thing is: Can't tell if this is a joke or not.
@t0k it isnt. welcome to capitalism 2.0
Lost somewhere in Switzerland.