If it's more profitable for the carriers to sell embedded-sim phones, then that is exactly what they will do, regardless of the intent of the specification or the wishes of it's designers.
There were no "things" on the internet until recently, there were only computers.
In some schools, it's still 1982....
When I graduated HS in 1997, they were still using Apple II computers to teach typing class. That would have made a great video, a bunch of students using computers that are almost as old as they are.
We also had a "modern" IBM PC network lab, using diskless IBM PS/2 model 30s (8088 cpu) with IBM classroom-lan on a 386-based server.
AT&T started out that way (play store only, no side-loading), they eventually gave up on the idea.
Yes it's possible to completely kill a phone by rooting/unlocking it, especially one that requires using an exploit to accomplish the unlock. It's called hard bricking a phone (as opposed to soft bricking, which is recoverable)
Unlike a PC, where the bios lives on a chip and the OS lives on a hard drive, with a smart phone everything lives on the same chip, just at different addresses. If you manage to overwrite the wrong address, you could scramble the phones bios, rendering it non repairable (without replacing the main board).
This was a bigger risk in the early days of Android, now days most manufacturers (notable exception is motorola) have made thier phones more hacker friendly, so it's a simple matter of connecting the phone to a pc and running a few safe commands.
This is why I support removing CM installer from the play store.
Not because rooting/unlocking voids warranties, but because installing from within the OS is a terrible idea and much more likely to (soft) brick the phone
It's like trying to install a desktop OS without having a bootable cd/usb to fall back on.
That great, until you lose both legs and an arm invading some tiny country that you have never even heard of before.
Generally the way it works is that a few local cable providers will bid for a municipal contract, and as soon as one of them wins, comcast or time warner swoops in and buys out the winning company.
Even if a city allowed 4 or 5 different companies to set up competing networks it still wouldn't matter, because comcast would just buy-up all 5 companies
At this point, the government is the only thing preventing monopolies. For example, if it wasn't for the government, there would be only 1 phone company in the entire US today (at&t), and you would be renting your cellphone from them instead of buying it outright.
It's not government stopping competition, it's anti-competitive businesses stopping competition. Why do things better than your competitor, when you can just borrow a bunch of money and buy your competitor outright.
We didn't get into this ISP/Phone/cable/power monopoly situation because of government interference, we got this way because the government STOPPED interfering in the 1990s
Using acrylic that is only 1/4 inch thick is a joke. If a bank teller can see just fine through 2-4 inches of bulletproof acrylic, it should work for pilots too.
What about Betamax, Minidisc, and MemoryStick? Sony has been trying to force everyone onto a Sony-controlled format for many years, Bluray was merely their first success.
It's just like Fahrenheit 451, except without all the trouble of actually tracking down and burning the books. You just sit down at a computer, type a few commands, and you are done. No more pesky history books getting in the way of your world domination
Maybe its different when bonded to tungsten, but silicon nitride by itself is extremely brittle, almost as brittle as glass.
Modern natural gas furnaces use silicone nitride hot surface igniters (glows red hot and ignites the gas). These igniters will shatter when dropped as little as 1 foot onto concrete.
I have owned a T-Mobile G2 (HTC Desire Z) for the last 3 years, and I would love for HTC to come out with a similar phone with more modern hardware (I have mine rooted, running android 4.2, and its starting to show it's age)
I don't understand why nobody makes android phones with physical keyboards anymore. I'm ready for a new phone, but I don't want to give up my keyboard
> Probably because of Apple's extremely annoying policy that you cannot downgrade iOS anymore a couple of days after they release a new version.
I wonder if Apple's stance will ultimately be "just use it, you'll get used to it". We've heard that stance from another manufacturer recently.
What do you mean "will be"? This has ALWAYS been Apple's stance, ever since the old Mac Classic days. They have always had the attitude that their products are absolutely perfect right out of the box, and adding any configuration options would ruin this perfect experience.