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Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

alta Re:So everything is protected by a 4 digit passcod (504 comments)

Oh, and you can set it to wipe the device after X failed attempts.

Oh, AND you can choose to use a password instead of a pin.

It's as secure as you choose to make it.

about a month ago
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Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

alta Re:Sanity... (504 comments)

The after the first fail it times-out for 5 minutes, then 30, then 60, 24 hours, etc... This is an example, I'm not sure of the actual times. But I've seen it happen.

If you get to a dozen tries you're about a month into it.

Oh, and there's a setting to have it wipe after x attempts.

about a month ago
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Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

alta Re:So everything is protected by a 4 digit passcod (504 comments)

The after the first fail it times-out for 5 minutes, then 30, then 60, 24 hours, etc... This is an example, I'm not sure of the actual times. But I've seen it happen.

If you get to a dozen tries you're about a month into it.

about a month ago
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Of the following, I'd rather play ...

alta Canasta (274 comments)

It's kinda like rummy but with two decks and more betterness. :)

about 2 months ago
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Telegram Not Dead STOP Alive, Evolving In Japan STOP

alta Re:Japan is still pretty backwards in some ways (144 comments)

which is why I always try to address the email AFTER I have written. Keeps me from accidentally sending something incomplete or something I would totally regret sending at all.

about 2 months ago
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How long ago did you last assemble a computer?

alta Re:Update cycles (391 comments)

That's how I always did it. But there's always the 'expensive cycle' where the architecture changes and you have to buy a new processor motherboard and RAM all at the same time. When we moved from AGP to PCIx video cards was a particularly expensive.I think that time even the power supply had to be replaced. I only kept the case and drives.

Too bad we can't do this as easily with cars.

about 3 months ago
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What percentage of your media consumption is streamed?

alta Re:Another Option (152 comments)

I hope so because that's what I stream.

Then again, I DVR most of it before I watch it so I can skip commercials... So it was streamed at one point, but I since I collect it, I'm not watching it streamed. What a crappy poll.

Maybe if we define streaming as 'Start watching something before you have all of it"

about 3 months ago
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The First Person Ever To Die In a Tesla Is a Guy Who Stole One

alta FIRE! (443 comments)

See, another one caught fire! These things are unsafe, they're constantly catching fire! This is just one of many smoldering teslas!

about 3 months ago
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Mayors of Atlanta & New Orleans: Uber Will Knock-Out Taxi Industry

alta Re:Threats? (273 comments)

I know how you feel. I was ok through the first half but by the time I was at the quote near the end I was lost.

Author Fail
Editor Fail

about 4 months ago
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China Starts Outsourcing From ... the US

alta Re:Funny ... (274 comments)

You can go from Mobile to Huntsville and only see a little bit of that stuff.

Get off I-65 and it's anyone's guess.

There is the HUGE confederate flag looming over the interstate between Birmingham and Montgomery though, marking where to get off the interstate for the Confederate museum.

Get down in the Southeast corner and be afraid.

about 4 months ago
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China Starts Outsourcing From ... the US

alta Re:Funny ... (274 comments)

As someone originally from Alabama, Thank you :)

about 4 months ago
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"Super Bananas" May Save Millions of Lives In Africa

alta Re:Problems (396 comments)

Are you serious about #1. And I'm not ONLY talking about cross field issues, but any Monsanto/GMO issues. You may find this site credible:

http://www.monsanto.com/newsvi...

Since 1997, we have only filed suit against farmers 145 times in the United States. This may sound like a lot, but when you consider that we sell seed to more than 250,000 American farmers a year, it’s really a small number. Of these, we've proceeded through trial with only eleven farmers. All eleven cases were found in Monsanto’s favor.

And for #2 I'm very familiar with growing bananas in marginal conditions. I lived in Mobile Alabama, and while we can grow banana trees there, the winters often kill them back to the point where they nearly have to start over each year. Do-able but not efficient. But if they can alter the fruit to be more healthy they can alter the tree to be more drought and/or cold resistant.

about 4 months ago
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"Super Bananas" May Save Millions of Lives In Africa

alta Problems (396 comments)

Here are my concerns...
and obviously I didn't read TFA.

1. patents? Monsanto? GMO issues? discuss...

2. Invasive species. I'm looking at you kudzu and jap-grass. Now this one may not be a problem. If the things absolutely took over the entire country I'm not sure people would be complaining about the massive amounts of food they have growing everywhere. Now if they took over but because of weather conditions didn't actually produce food, that would be bad. Unless people in uganda actually needs tons of shade.

about 4 months ago
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Kids With Operators Manual Alert Bank Officials: "We Hacked Your ATM"

alta Re:Kids these days. (378 comments)

Exactly, Title should be changed to
Kids With Operators Manual Alert Bank Officials: "We 'Hacked' Your ATM"

Additional quotes around the word "Hacked"

Since it's not hacking.

about 4 months ago
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Plastic Trash Forming Into "Plastiglomerate" Rocks

alta Re:UV (123 comments)

I'm sure the plastic that's exposed is broken down but...

1. This article is mostly about plastic that's melted in beach campfires along with a bunch of other crap. If the UV rays are only hitting the surface of the plastic it's not going to break down the crap inside.

2. Stuff floating in the ocean only has a little bit exposed to the UV Rays. Most of it is going to be underwater. Even if it rolls around in the waves what spends times exposed is going to be much less than something sitting stationary getting hit by the sun.

about 5 months ago
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It's Time For the Descent Games Return

alta Re:LOL ... no ... (251 comments)

This is true... I'm only 37 but if I spend to omuch time in SOME 3D games now I get nauseated and that's without the VR Headset.

about 5 months ago
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It's Time For the Descent Games Return

alta Re:Myth (251 comments)

That was a good game too. I got way too attached to my troops and would reload the level as soon as any of my veteran troops died. Loved those fragile little sappers.

about 5 months ago
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It's Time For the Descent Games Return

alta Re:Hell Yes! (251 comments)

Yes, this was an awesome game. So much fun. Really great with a joystick that had X/Y/Z axis + throttle as well. I miss that game.

about 5 months ago
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Your Old CD Collection Is Dying

alta Re:Grammar (329 comments)

For those who don't understand my comment... They edited the OP. But didn't put the handy little "Edited: Fixed grammar" tag at the end...

about 5 months ago

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alta alta writes  |  more than 5 years ago The idiots running the building have the AC on full blast, but it's only 60 degrees outside. But I'm going to be green. I turned off the AC in the server room and put a box fan in the door. All should be fine in a few minutes.

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alta alta writes  |  more than 5 years ago

For the past, well, however many years I've been here, my Karma has always been excelent. For the first time, it's been demoted to "good."

I can thank the campaign discussion for that one. If you are a conservative, and you let your views be known around here, you can count on it being -1 troll, or flamebait. I have let it be known where I stand, and have been punished accordingly. Thank you all for being open minded ;)

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Old UID.

alta alta writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Hey, my UID is 1263. If anyone else has a really low one, leave a note.

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