I have a very different definition of "brick" then a lot of people use when they talk about hardware. If something like the CPU is physically damaged that's a brick. Even most modern ROMs can be reprogrammed and fixed.
But people are referring to things like a bad software update that is corrupted as a brick. I guess that speaks to how disposable many of these things are considered to be.
@polymerwitch Interesting. I was thinking it meant more along the lines: "Can't be fixed by re-flashing, barring stuff involving intricate CPU details and jtag access" Or when you've lost your access to being able to flash it again.
@wmd yeah, that's how I normally use it. I've been working on modding a few game consoles though, and a lot of the people in those forums will say a console is "bricked" if you typo a config file and it doesn't boot. Like there's no way to fix that by just going back and fixing the file.
@polymerwitch A lot of smartphones aren't exactly repairable. I can fix a desktop or laptop that won't boot. My old phone that won't boot any more? No clue.
So bricking is relative to the persons capacity. When I think about it, that makes sense why some people find technology so stressful.
Tangent - Locally if you say you "bricked it", it would mean you shit your pants.
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