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Posted on 19-10-24, 11:35
Not from my cellphone

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The ZTE saga is over for now... as I lost my phone yesterday :/

The Fine Citizen that found the phone did the right thing: turn it over to the authorities power it down, pull the SIM card, and enjoy their new prize. Wait, that's the complete opposite of being a fine citizen! FUCK.

Yes, the phone had a lock pattern (annoying, but it was the only way to ensure that it wouldn't start turning on/off things while on my pocket), but as I refuse to give Google full control over my device, I guess that I get no FRP protection.

Personal information lost: some recent photos of things (as I don't photograph people, EVER), SMS (mostly from banks), and a perfectly good 32GB Sandisk MicroSD card that somehow had survived without getting lost or damaged on my ol' RAZR.

I hope the battery was defective and the phone goes BOOM~ on the fucking asshole that found it, because this country is full of very shitty people willing to extend communism to year 2050 at least!

Fun fact (and by "fun" I mean "not at all!"): Called Movistar to suspend/disable the SIM card, the routine procedure anyone that gets their phone lost/stolen would do right at the spot. They can't, because like everything on this shitty country, every single internal support application on their internal networks were "experiencing technical problems". They want me instead to visit a customer care center. Except that they closed down the one in my city 3 years ago, and the nearest one is like ~250km away! But why would they care anyway? As long as THE billing system works and they get paid, they don't give a fuck if your phone dies, gets lost, stolen, or seized by the commies. Bunch of greedy bastards.

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Posted on 19-10-24, 18:27
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Posted by tomman
The Fine Citizen that found the phone did the right thing: turn it over to the authorities power it down, pull the SIM card, and enjoy their new prize.

How do you know that though?

There was a certain photograph about which you had a hallucination. You believed that you had actually held it in your hands. It was a photograph something like this.
Posted on 19-10-25, 00:21
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The Fine Citizen that found the phone did the right thing: turn it over to the authorities power it down, pull the SIM card, and enjoy their new prize.

How do you know that though?
He checked the cameras.

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Posted on 19-10-25, 12:15
Not from my cellphone

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Posted by tomman
The Fine Citizen that found the phone did the right thing: turn it over to the authorities power it down, pull the SIM card, and enjoy their new prize.

How do you know that though?

Because this is Soviet Venezuela, where there is no honest people left.

Finally managed to get the SIM deactivated and the IMEI blacklisted at Movistar (I had better luck calling yesterday). Too bad carriers don't share IMEI blacklists over here, but then, good luck getting a nanoSIM at Movilnet (they're unicorns). Your other option would be Digitel, except that since they were the GSM pioneers over here, they chose to use the Euro GSM frequency bands, which means that unless you buy a top-of-the-end quad/pentaband 3G/4G handset, all you're going to get is craptacular GPRS with our proper American-spec phones. But opportunists only see "hey free phone!". Once again, to the dipshit asshole that STOLE my phone: hope a truck crushes it, then the battery goes Samsung all over your shitface!

We have a saying in Spanish for that: "lo mal habido no luce".
But then, noone cares about being honest anymore :/

Yes, I'm well aware that IMEIs can be changed on those Qualcomm devices. No, unlike Mediatek phones, you can't do it at home - you need Very Expensive Gear for that (the same magic boxes that can also defeat FRP and dump your lock pattern, but a backalley guy with a table full of stolen phones can at most have a soldering iron and a USB cable). Which is kinda amusing, because losing your IMEI is nearly trivial on those firmwares (damage your EFS -> no IMEI -> you're fucked if you don't have a backup)

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Posted on 19-10-26, 03:10
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The Fine Citizen that found the phone did the right thing: turn it over to the authorities power it down, pull the SIM card, and enjoy their new prize.

How do you know that though?

Because this is Soviet Venezuela, where there is no honest people left.

Yeah but I mean doesn't that go for the authorities too? He could very well have turned it in and then had it stolen by a different scumbag.

It sucks to hear anyway, man. How do these things work over there? I mean, I'd imagine a smartphone is still worth like $50, but the monthly wage is far less than that. Are smartphones trading at an extreme discount, or did you just lose X months of salary?

There was a certain photograph about which you had a hallucination. You believed that you had actually held it in your hands. It was a photograph something like this.
Posted on 19-11-17, 02:51

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I'm glad tomman narrowed down the issue with the tablet soft-bricking itself to SuperSU's latest version being a piece of shit, possibly just on that device, possibly on all devices it's system-installed on.

I have a different tale to contribute. My BF and I both own 32GB 2018 iPads, both cost about $330 (for him, $400 or so, due to import duties). Rooting is possible now, but I don't think we'd bother with that. They're both pretty stable.

I find I almost never need to reboot mine, and the only times I've ever reinstalled it during its life is when I was backing off iPadOS 13 beta to iOS 12, same for his. We now just "put up" with iPadOS for the most part. He ends up rebooting his way more than I do mine, but possibly related to his more frequent use during the day time, while I only use mine at night for about 3 hours daily, for the most part, during which we're both on our tablets, in a FaceTime call, Picture in Picture, while we use various apps.

He also uses the split screen feature, which I'm content to not bother trying to find a use for. For anything really serious, I just use a desktop, I have yet to find a use for the drag and drop modus on a tablet.

I suppose this is useless info for you anyway, was just to say that some of your troubles may be the Allwinner device being crap, and some may be "typical Android" issues. I mean, damn, I have an old Android tablet, and I don't even think I can root it, and I never thought I'd have a reason to do so. I think it just sucks that a device you intend for use by a computer novice requires so much complex preparation before it's even remotely usable.

The tech savvy in every family should help with setting up devices, but it shouldn't have to be something that requires constant babysitting. There should be a happy medium where you help them at first, but then they don't need you for weeks at a time. And when something actually comes up, it's actually something that's not the device's fault, but the user's, or the services they're using are crapping out, and you can happily explain that to them.

Computers were a mistake.

(Just kidding. I love this shit.)
Posted on 19-12-05, 05:15 (revision 5)
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"Smart" TV doesn't navigate channels correctly... https://old.reddit.com/r/bravia/comments/e6bkml/what_is_the_best_method_for_reporting_a_software/

Also had some technical problems with the TV:

When I first bought my Sony KD 8500G 55" TV (Australia) during last Black Friday we had severe nasty issues within 2 days where the TV would suddenly display garbage with a maximum volume squeal of corrupted audio from the speakers for several seconds before the TV automatically rebooted. Very alarming, very startling, painful to the ears, a punch to the senses, extremely uncomfortable when it happens.

After enjoying that experience multiple times in a single day I took it back to the place of purchase and they swapped it over for another of the same make & model. Within 10 minutes of completing the Firmware Update a less severe version of the same symptom occurred!

This time I did some googling and found not one, not 2 but at least 5 articles on the Sony Australia and Sony UK support websites that all suggested that performing Firmware updates can cause numerous issues (why are you not Quality Assuring your firmware updates!?) and that you should perform a Forced Factory Reset followed by a Factory Reset to maaaybe resolve the issues.

So erase all your hard work setting up your TV settings for every Input Source, channels, favourites, apps... should you ever decide to install a Firmware Update. That's a pretty ingenious way to discourage people from performing firmware updates!

So far, our replacement TV is working after performing the Factory Resets but we aren't yet satisfied that it won't suffer the same issues. There has been at least one moment where I was in an App screen and the entire display flickered solid red for 1 frame.

In my case however, my place of Purchase offers a 5 year warranty with them for an additional small fee so... unless they go out of business like BFGTech did I should be okay to suffer through the problems I guess?

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