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On Sat 02 Dec 2017 at 13:17:14 (-0600), Richard Owlett wrote:
> On 12/02/2017 12:02 PM, rhkramer@xxxxxxxxx wrote:
> >On Saturday, December 02, 2017 12:17:39 PM Richard Owlett wrote:
> >>6. *NOT* be a "smartphone".
> >
> >Well, I am curious about why you don't want it to be a smartphone,
> >and whether doing something like removing the SIM from a cell phone
> >(and possibly epoxying the socket) would meet your needs?
> >
> You might say it's the 3 P's ;/
> [ Philosophical Practicality Prudence ]
> Philosophical - application of Linux philosophy
>  > As stated by McIlroy, and generally accepted throughout the Unix
> community, Unix programs have always been expected to follow the
> concept of DOTADIW, or "Do One Thing and Do It Well."
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unix_philosophy#Do_One_Thing_and_Do_It_Well
> Practicality - avoidance of Android
> Most "smartphones" come only with Android which presumes someone who
> has never met the user knows best what the user needs (let alone
> wants) and then goes to great lengths to prevent the end user from
> installing a suitable OS.
> Practicality - possible regulatory constraints
> ~50 years ago I held a commercial operators license from the FCC and
> later in RFI suppression and type acceptance (FCC & VDE). I've read
> recent posts of a so called "SOS mode" active even when sim is
> removed. I don't know how onerous compliance would be -- *NOT*
> interested in wasting time and effort to pursue.
> P.S. I have been described as "PERSISTENT" <chuckle;>

Consideration of smartphones seems to be going round in circles:


So let me ask a slightly different question. Given

2. have a physical form factor similar to a "smartphone".
6. *NOT* be a "smartphone".

what would be the principal use of this device, who would
it be aimed at, and what would be the size of its market?