Stuff like that makes me start to believe stories about people who got electrocuted while talking on a charging phone.......
by the time it's over the entire stock market will be worth the price of a used Buick.
The price of a used Buick? Wow. So....then I come along and buy the entire stock market and get rich off dividends? Sounds good to me!
You're still free, however, to either put some of the old components back so that that's no longer the case, or boot Linux on the thing instead.
Or buy another Windows license, or call Microsoft and tell them what happened......
There are plenty of options in the Windows case that aren't available in the iOS case.
Windows 10 Mobile does still exist (well, it's technically pre-release right now, but it's easy to get on Windows phones and some even come with it). It's a solid OS that provides a degree of balance between Android and iOS on openness (easy sideloading - easier than Android these days, even - and more permissive than Apple on what an app is allowed to do). There are even new phones with the OS still being announced; it's not as if it's been abandoned.
Its main problem, of course, is application availability. Microsoft (and W10M users) is hoping that developers will embrace the Windows 10 Universal app platform, but Microsoft may ultimately need to complete the work they began to get Android apps working on the platform, which they demonstrated partial support for a few months ago and then removed without further ado.
I vaguely remember signing up when I was 19. It seemed like a good idea at the time, but now that I'm almost 32, have a job, a wife (who has her own job), a child, a dog, two mortgages (we live in one and have a renter in the other), etc., there is pretty much no damned way I'm picking up and moving because of some crap I said on the internet while in college, probably drunk and definitely on anti-depressants. Frankly, I expect there are others just like that.
Additionally, I do believe I had stopped paying for a domain at some point and then lost my password to the website, causing me to re-register. Therefor, they're down at least two "members" just with me, "sorry" to say.
So, before you keep going all RMS and howling about how it's not pure enough for you
Even RMS doesn't seem to care about the setting being 'difficult to find. Especially since you can install your own version of the OS. His biggest worry is that some drivers are binary blobs.
The USA repeatedly claims the role of 'world police' but most times it invokes isolationist policies and avoids large conflicts.
Usually when Americans use the phrase 'world police' it is in the context of something like, "We are not the world police! We should not get involved!"
Most Americans don't want to get involved, but a lot of Americans are worried things will get worse if we don't (for example, when we didn't get involved in the lead-up to WW2).
"Never ascribe to malice that which is caused by greed and ignorance." -- Cal Keegan