Note: Typed this out last year but never got around to posting it.
I’ve been meaning to install Linux on this notebook for quite some time, and finally got around to it Friday.
I started using Linux back in 2002 with Mandrake, and I loved it. They later renamed it Mandriva, and I kept using it. Then I found out that they were disbanding and patches would stop coming, so I switched to kubuntu, which is Ubuntu with a KDE
I have no control over your karma. If it does take a hit, however, it will likely have more to do with you deliberately confusing two unrelated issues than with any hot topic buttons you may press.
I'm not sure that how one group of people treats another is unrelated to how they feel or respond.
I don't love what Israel is doing with the settlements, but using that in order to claim that Israel is committing war crimes in Gaza, or to try and claim moral equivalence between Israel and Hammas, is simply wrong.
There is a great amount of wrong on both sides, certainly enough to go around. International law also frowns on Collective punishment but that doesn't seem to stop the Israeli government when it suits them. I have not claimed moral equivalence.But it seems strange to be concerned with International law when Hammas is in the wrong but the Israeli government gets a free pass for their crimes or people are even accused of anti-Semitism for simply pointing out when this is the case.
Yes, yes, that's all very clever of you, except for the fact that iPhones do have that. You can reset the firmware, or all the internal storage, from a plugged-in computer. Almost every single byte of internal flash can be rewritten by Apple, or, hell, by an end user with iTunes. (I think the only parts that can't be overwritten are the parts that allow the phone to enter recovery.)
These 'bricked' phones? They enter recovery mode just fine, and all their internal memory can be rewritten just fine. Everything works fine there.
The problem here is that the current time, of course, is not part of a system recovery, because the damn current time is not saved to the phone's flash memory. How would that even work?
The clock in an iPhone operates the same way the clock in a PC operates, in a separate very low-power clock-tracking chip that runs off a battery. (Which in this case is the device battery.) There is absolutely no way to alter this from outside the device, and, really, no device has even needed such an ability before. iOS just has a really stupid bug.
And the way the iPhone is designed does not allow easy removal of the battery, which, really, is the problem here. If Android had this problem, it would be laughed off, 'Just unplug the battery, that will fix it'. But you can't do that with an iPhone.
I suspect that, within days, Apple will have produced a iOS update that can be put on the device (Even after it has been 'bricked'.) that either checks the time and fixes it, or just doesn't have whatever bug is causing this in the first place. (In fact, it should be possible to put a tiny image on there whose sole purpose is to change the clock, and then put the *original* image back.)
I'm all for warning drivers to be legal (Which, it must be pointed out, is applicable to situations besides the police, and can be for all sorts of warnings of road conditions.), but flashing brights at people is *itself* dangerous.
What we need a precedent that turning your lights off for a split second is free speech, not 'driving with your lights off'. (Probably need some sort of threshold of about a quarter second.)
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