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  1. From what has been mentioned here, the latest pre-orders to have been assigned stock so far are from around July/August – now it begins to look more like my September order indeed was an order and no pre-order?
  2. I guess it was in November that I've been told here in the forums that every order before general availability, which, as I seem to understand, still isn't there yet, qualified as a pre-order with regard to the still-ongoing processing of manufacturing and shipping, including mine, which is #36xxx, submitted on September 20, and was already filed as 'order', not 'pre-order'. I would guess, though, that a device ordered today wouldn't really qualify as a pre-order anymore, or would it? So they would have had to draw a line somewhere between September and January for what is a pre-order and what isn't, but we don't know exactly where that was?
  3. Indeed; it's just a matter of installing it (and buying it; it is $19.95): https://www.paragon-software.com/home/linuxfs-windows/#overview – supports ext2/3/4 with read/write access and btrfs and xfs with read access.
  4. Some do, some don't. It is not easy to find out which do, though. It's an ongoing subject for users of the Raspberry Pi computer, where the operating system sits on a Micro SD card, brutally shortening the card's lifespan if it doesn't do wear levelling. Some e-book readers seem to wear cards surprisingly fast, too, probably because of many, possibly unnecessary writes on special sectors. I've already killed four cards in Raspberry Pis and in my old Sony ebook reader, fast enough but cheap Transcend cards (i had been using Transcend flash cards for photography for many years without any problems) which obviously didn't do wear levelling, but none so far in my phones or tablets, even when used as internal memory – but then again I mostly chose more expensive cards there. For the Raspberry Pi, the Samsung "Evo +" (not "Evo Plus"!), which has been discontinued for a while, used to be a recommendation, because it does wear leveling and has better random access speed than other cards. After its discontinuation, I guess @david's choice is not bad for a start.
  5. Seems I have overlooked the thickness part... I still need to get the phone, but this doesn't look good, thanks for the hint. Probably will need to get the 511309 instead.
  6. Thanks for "Fx", didn't know that yet. Looks good!
  7. Ordered some Raxfly stuff myself too, curious to see how that will turn out... Will take a few weeks though, needed to order in China...
  8. I do sympathize with your general position there, but I guess the concrete intention in this case is not so much to babysit people so they'll not get into trouble by breaking the law, but that the manufacturers themselves want to avoid a reality of many complaining users, which could be either users complaining about getting caught breaking the law with their phones while they didn't know they did, or people who complain that they were illegally recorded and the phones allow it. Which I also guess is the intention of restrictive laws in the matter – not so much trying to babysit people, but to protect people from being recorded without their knowing. To ensure the privacy of communication by phone as much as it is possible. Which I generally appreciate, too, since privacy of communication has been under attack from so many sides over the last two decades – including, of course, governments.
  9. Just to be clear on this, my posts on the matter were intended as an explanation why manufacturers might be not too eager to give us the feature, not as a conduct recommendation for users... 😉 That said, in many legislations evidence will be rejected and is therefore worthless when it was acquired illegally, and even if you'd present such evidence in a legislation where it is honoured, you might still get prosecuted for having recorded it in the first place and might even get condemned to pay compensation.
  10. In general, yes. But companies might not want to advertise an option that makes criminals out of naive users who just don't know the laws about recording calls, which I guess might be a large percentage of the people in those states where the laws demand two-party consent.
  11. I hereby inform you that you've now earned the privilege of becoming the first name in my ignore list. (Reason: Giving one too many asinine answer to something the meaning of which you didn't even understand, or didn't want to understand – which wasn't the first time, either, something which impedes any sensible, intelligent discussion. Farewell, but without me.)
  12. To follow up, on a side note, on something I wrote in a now-closed thread about that "PrinCube" Indiegogo campaign where even I was already close to suspecting fraud after the communication had been even worse than here, the first few devices (after all deliveries were promised to be fulfilled before Christmas) have actually been delivered. So, no fraud there, either, although I suspect I won't get my item before March, maybe April. The biggest problem for communication to backers seems to be that the people who started the campaign don't get much feedback from the factory...
  13. While milk can also become a thick product quite easily.
  14. No, not about that. Anyway, I give up.
  15. The subject is really complex – Wikipedia has an overview at least for some countries. Laws differ between European nations just as they differ between US-American states. Some countries, some states are fine with one-party consent, others demand two-party consent. The question whether a company is allowed to "record all calls" (without the works council agreeing) is an even more complex matter, because it is affected by labour protection laws, too...
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