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Comment: Re:how do you convince microsoft (Score 3, Informative) 353

by alta (#46654419) Attached to: An SSD for Your Current Computer May Save the Cost of a New One (Video)

This is a non-issue. It takes a lot more than a new harddrive to make it re-activate. And even then, it will almost always let you re-activate using the original key. And on the rare chance that it doesn't calling the 800 number has always got me back in business.

Comment: Back in my day (Score 4, Insightful) 142

by alta (#46640407) Attached to: How Far Will You Go For Highest Speed Internet?

I remember how happy I was the first time I had cable internet. I was beta testing for comcast. Free for the first 6 months. So exciting. Now, I'm old (37) and bandwidth doesn't excite me the way it used to. I'm paying for 10MB I get 12MB... I could get up to 100, but why bother. I come home, sit on my couch and have a beer. The kids can and I can play all the minecraft we want on that 12MB connection.

Comment: Any code that's not my code (Score 1) 373

by alta (#46583541) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Do You Consider Elegant Code?

My stuff gets the job done.

I generally put enough notes in that someone could come behind me and see what's going on. And where I don't I try to use pretty obvious variable/function names. But it's usually not to pretty. And it's in PHP so most of yall would say it's not even actually CODE.

Comment: Re:Fine, if and only if it can be turned off. (Score 1) 158

by alta (#46398711) Attached to: Second Federal 'Kill-switch' Bill Introduced Targeting Smartphone Theft

What if, for the feature to work, you had to contact the carrier and give them the phone's PIN. Only then would it wipe. The carrier wouldn't be able to wipe until you contacted them with said PIN.

Or maybe when you set up the phone a 'wipe pin' that doesn't get reset when the phone is wiped?

FORTRAN rots the brain. -- John McQuillin