OPEN THREAD 20200321

Basically, all legal free speech is allowed. We will assist the authorities in dealing with illegal speech. You are each other’s moderators. Have fun. And don’t forget to MAGA at nuclear levels.

After going through the elements, we now enjoy a sequence of RANDOM somewhat pseudo-random topics that will be thrown out for investigation and commentary on each open thread. At some point, in a way something like composite numbers, I will accidentally hit a second occurrence of one of them – that’s just normal.

Have fun!

Citizen U

(a.k.a. W on the OTHER site)

Day 136 – Linux-based cell phones

16 thoughts on “OPEN THREAD 20200321

  1. Essentially all cellphones are Linux-based, being that Android is based on a modified Linux kernel ( ). iOS is based on Apple-centric development projects dating back to NeXt — such is the nature of open-source software — with contributions from the XNU project (XNU’s Not Unix); Carnegie-Mellon’s Mach; and BSD…..which were all wrapped-up in Darwin.

    The major thing that makes cellphones non-Linux is not the software architecture or the included software — it’s that the user has very limited power to change or reconfigure the phone……and zero visibility into what the phone is actually doing.

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  2. It is instructive to look at the past — — just three years ago, we were on the brink of having open systems where we could control our devices.

    The companies listed are Mozilla, Ubuntu, Amazon, Samsung, Jolla (former Nokia), and Palm. Mozilla ditched everything except Firefox; Ubuntu folded their Unity desktop in favor of Gnome, their Upstart load system for systemd, X server for Wayland, and folded the Ubuntu Phone; Amazon isn’t doing phones; Samsung’s Tizen was buggier than all get-out and had multiple embarrassing failures; Nokia’s phone business was purchased by Microsoft (who also, BTW, abandoned Windows phones); and Palm…….well, it’s a complicated story (,_Inc. ), but they’re deader than a doornail.

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  3. Still, the desire to actually control your hardware is a strong one, and there are many projects attempting to develop such a phone. These include [more hardware-ish], [more software-ish], and postmarketOS [software for making your old dead cellphones somewhat useful (though not as full-featured smartphones)].

    A couple more (recent) articles — and .

    It should also be noted that “liberated” smartphones generally have hardware switches for the microphone, GPS, cellphone, and camera.

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  4. A family was on its way to the hospital where their sixteen-year-old daughter was scheduled to undergo a tonsillectomy. During the ride there,the teenager and her parents talked about how the procedure would be performed. Anaesthetics, incision, suturing afterwards, and so forth.

    “Dad,” the teenager asked, “how are they going to keep my mouth open during the surgery?”

    Without hesitation, the man replied, “they’ll just give you a cellphone to hold.”

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  5. Mr. Wilson comes home one night, and his wife throws her arms around his neck. “I have great news. I’m a month overdue. I think we’re going to have a baby! The doctor gave me a test today, but until we find out for sure, we can’t tell anybody.”

    The next day, Mrs. Wilson receives a telephone call from AEC (Atlanta Electric Company) because the electricity bill has not been paid.

    “Am I speaking to Mrs. Wilson?”

    “Yes. Speaking.”

    AEC guy, “You’re a month overdue, you know!”

    “How do YOU know?” stammers the young woman.

    “Well, ma’am, it’s in our files!” says the AEC guy.

    “What are you saying? It’s in your files. HOW?”

    “Yes. We have a system of finding out who’s overdue.”

    “GOD! This is too much.”

    “Madam, I am sorry. I am following orders. I have to inform you are overdue.”

    “I know that. Let me talk to my husband about this tonight. He will speak to your company tomorrow.”

    That night, she tells her husband about the call, and he, mad as a bull, rushes to AEC office the next day morning.

    “What’s going on? You have it on file that my wife is a month overdue? What business is that of yours?” the husband shouts.

    “Just calm down,” says the lady at the reception at AEC, “It’s nothing serious. All you have to do is pay us.”

    “PAY you? And if I refuse?”

    “Well, in that case, sir, we’d have no option but to cut you off.”

    “And what would my wife do then?” the husband asks.

    “I don’t know. I guess she’d have to use a candle.”

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  6. These are too short to count:

    A redneck calls up the White House and tells the receptionist: “I’d like to become the next President of the United States.”

    The receptionist: “What are you, an idiot?”

    Redneck: “Why, is it required?”


    The irate customer calling the newspaper offices, loudly demanded to know where her Sunday edition was.

    “Ma’am”, said the employee, “today is Saturday. The Sunday paper is not delivered ’til Sunday.”

    There was quite a pause on the other end of the phone, followed by a ray of recognition. “So that’s why no one was in church today.”


    A man speaks frantically into the phone, “My wife is pregnant, and her contractions are only two minutes apart!”

    “Is this her first child?” the doctor queries.

    “No, you idiot!” the man shouts. “This is her husband!”

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  7. A man checks into a hotel on a business trip and was a bit lonely. He thought, “I’ll call one of those girls you see advertised in phone booths when you’re calling for a cab.” He popped into a phone booth near the hotel and found an ad for a girl calling herself Erogonique, a lovely girl, bending over in the photo. He copied the phone number and returned to his hotel.

    When back in the room he figures, “What the heck, I’ll give her a call.”

    “Hello,” the woman says.

    She sounded sexy.

    “Hi, I hear you give a great massage and I’d like you to come to my room and give me one. No, wait, I should be straight with you. I’m in town all alone and what I really want is sex. I want it hard, I want it hot, and I want it now. Bring implements, toys, leather, whips, everything you’ve got in your bag of tricks… We’ll go hot and heavy all night; tie me up, cover me in chocolate syrup and whipped cream, anything you want! Now, how does that sound?”

    She says, “That sounds fantastic, but you need to press 9 for an outside line.”

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