brick

vt. (from computing jargon for a hung computer)

  1. To remove the animus from.

Bricking occurs mainly to consumer electronics, which increasingly have firmware one can update. Typically a device is bricked through the application of bad third-party firmware, or through official updates that punish hardware hackers.

Then you had the audacity to complain about broken phones, half-assed firmware that bricked your gear, and winner-takes-nothing arms races between the companies whose gear your bought and the hackers who had nothing better to do than try to fix it. Do you realize how ridiculous that is? —Joel Johnson, “Horseshoes and Hand Grenades,” Gizmodo

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