Author Archives: Michael Froomkin

Jobs for the Boys

Click for a bigger one; source: NYT

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9th Cir Declines to Strike Down EO TRO

A sensible, cautious, and careful opinion. It will probably drive Trump nuts.

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Fix HTC M8 Battery Dies Suddenly

The HTC One (M8) is a good phone except that it is a sealed box and you cannot replace the battery.  My battery has been acting up – it goes from 30+% charge to zero in seconds.  I had this once before and fixed it for a couple of months by doing this:

To recalibrate battery and HTC charger when battery rapidly or erratically discharges, this procedure clears all battery stats, coordinates and normalizes charging.

Turn off Fast Boot in settings.1 Power off phone.
Plug phone into HTC charger and charge for two minutes or more
While charging, hold down volume up+volume down+power button and continue holding
Phone will turn on and off repeatedly every 15 seconds or so while continuing to hold all three buttons
Keep this going for 2 minutes, then release buttons when phone is ON
Now, let phone charge fully normally (with phone either on or off–doesn’t matter) and battery level reporting, charging and battery life should be normalized.

I got this from XDA and am posting it here to make it easier to find again since I may have to do it every month….

  1. Note that there is no fast boot option in Marshmallow, so don’t freak if you cannot find it. 

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via Nolan D. McCaskill

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Lest anyone have illusions that the GOP Senate will serve as a check on Trump, the Finance Committees upended its rules to rush forward two ethically challenged nominees.

Senate Republicans pushed through a pair of President Trump’s Cabinet nominees Wednesday, upending standard committee rules to circumvent a Democratic boycott.

The Senate Finance Committee advanced a pair of Trump’s nominees with only Republican members present — Steven Mnuchin to head the Treasury Department, and Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) as secretary of Health and Human Services.

By unanimous consent, the Republicans gathered in the hearing room agreed to change the committee’s standing rules, which normally require at least one member of each party to be in attendance for committee work to proceed.

via GOP changes rules to push through nominees after Dem boycott | TheHill.

Price has a lot of questions to answer about what seems like insider trading. Mnuchin seems to have flat-out lied about his bank’s robo-signing of foreclosures.

Yet, this is the altar on which the GOP Senators chose to sacrifice the long-standing norm that parties don’t take unilateral actions in the utter absence of the other party. Don’t look to them to be a check or balance short of Trump groping live on national TV, or a signed and notarized depotition from Putin detailing bribes or blackmail.

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Welcome to Bizarro World

The Chinese are the chief defenders of global free trade.

The Germans are the upholders of the West’s moral values.

A Neo-Nazi (excuse me, “alt-rightist”) has taken over the White House.

The next Supreme Court nomination will be announced like a game show (arguably the Cabinet was too).

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