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Switching From Sitting To Standing At Your Desk

Maltheus Great for Code Reviews (308 comments)

We have these at my office. I love them. Health benefits aside, these are ideal for code reviews. People don't have to crouch or drag chairs into an (already too small) cube.

Other benefits include: nobody sneaks up on you, while you're standing, and it helps wake me up after lunch.

That being said though, most people use them in sit down mode and forget to raise them, most of the time. Still, it's wonderful to have the option.

2 days ago

Ubisoft Hands Out Nexus 7 Tablets At a Game's Press Event

Maltheus Re:Because nobody wanted the crummy battery life?? (43 comments)

It has less apps on it than the other two. And there are actually many threads out there on the Nexus 7 battery problems (which I only discovered after running into the problem). It might be more limited to the 2013 models though.

3 days ago

Ubisoft Hands Out Nexus 7 Tablets At a Game's Press Event

Maltheus Because nobody wanted the crummy battery life?? (43 comments)

While I love my Nexus 4 and especially the, now discontinued, Nexus 10, the 7 is a piece of junk, IMO. I run the same software on all of them (actually, less on the 7), and I have to charge it as often as the 4, which I use far more and is also receiving a cell signal.

The 10 is pretty sweet though. I can get almost two weeks, as compared to one/two days from the 7, with similar usage. I've wanted to throw the thing away myself. I don't blame Ubisoft.

3 days ago

The Amazon Fire TV Is Kind of a Mess

Maltheus Re:Yes and No (96 comments)

After playing with this a bit more tonight on a projector, I'm noticing a lot more issues with it, when it comes to getting the Netflix stream up to full quality. Sometimes, it's as good as anything else, but much of the time, it looks like an interlaced DVD. On the flip side, the Roku 3 apparently auto-plays shows that aren't even on your watch list (despite having a much nicer interface), and I don't think I could live with that. It's bad enough when they jump to the next episode of a show I'm watching, without my input.

Long story short, the only reason to get a FireTV is if you already have Amazon Prime, as it's the only usable interface for that service. Otherwise, I'd return it in a heartbeat. Even the HDMI handshaking is wonky. I'll stick with my Roku 2, HDTV or built-in interfaces for everything else (absurd, I know). I may get a Chromecast to handle my Youtube decently, for crying out loud. At least until Miracast gets going on the FireTV later this year.

about two weeks ago

The Amazon Fire TV Is Kind of a Mess

Maltheus Yes and No (96 comments)

I was very disappointed that Voice Search didn't include Netflix, especially as I had returned a Roku 3, precisely for this "cross-search" feature.

That being said, I never used Amazon Prime Video much because every interface for it is so abysmal. And FireTV finally gets the Prime interface right. For instance, they now finally tell me where I left off in an episode, and which one is next. Now I can finally start using Prime for more than just shipping. And they seem to have a lot that Netflix doesn't.

I hestiate to call it a mess, because it works just as good as the Roku for me, and seems better at buffering Netflix (I can rewind a bit, without it having to rebuffer). I'm hoping it will improve over time, to do a fraction of what they claimed it would, but until Roku 4 comes out, this is the best streamer out there right now.

about two weeks ago

Amazon Launches Android-Powered 'Fire TV' For Streaming and Gaming

Maltheus What's with the surprise announcements? (180 comments)

Bought a Roku 3 Sunday, set it up last night, woke up to this on sale, never knew it was coming. What's the point of a surprise announcement? Why not build up some hype in advance? I probably would have waited for this instead (for the voice search and extra ram).

Oh well, probably best not to get stuck in Amazon's ecosystem anyway.

about two weeks ago

Interviews: J. Michael Straczynski Answers Your Questions

Maltheus When will Lurker's Guide have its IPO? (67 comments)

In the early days of the web, the Lurker's Guide to Babylon 5 was among a handful of sites I visited regularly (along with this one). Probably my first "wiki"-experience.

I'm not sure the show would have done as well as it did, if internet growth hadn't started exploding right along the same time. Net activists pulled that show back from the brink of cancellation several times.

about two weeks ago

Facebook Buying Oculus VR For $2 Billion

Maltheus Re:Mincecraft (535 comments)

Even if I still wanted it, I'd now have no need. Makes things simple.

about three weeks ago

Facebook Buying Oculus VR For $2 Billion

Maltheus It's the last season of Lost all over again. (535 comments)

Was so excited for this, only to have it all ruined right before the finish line. Hopefully someone will risk the patent minefield and release something similar in the future.

about three weeks ago

Lies Programmers Tell Themselves

Maltheus Give me homebrew anyday. (452 comments)

The biggest lie developers tell themselves is, "why reinvent the wheel when we just save time by using some off-the-shelf framework"? I've never seen any time saved, in these circumstances. Everything works great until you inevitably encounter the one thing you can't do with it and you end up spending even more time adapting it, than you would have just writing your own framework in the first place.

And then there's the insanity that comes with trying to upgrade a mix of off-the-shelf frameworks at the same time. While I'm not a big fan of most developers' homebrew approaches, at least I'm not working with a black box, and I at least have the option of improving it over time.

about a month ago

Google Won't Enable Chrome Video Acceleration Because of Linux GPU Bugs

Maltheus I've permenantly disabled chrome. (295 comments)

Not having flash in chromium was one of the many straws. This doesn't help.

I used to use a Chrome/Firefox combo to segregate my browsing/cookies. Just switched to multiple firefox profiles and added a "Close Tabs to the Right" plugin (to restore the one thing I missed about chrome). Much happier and I doubt I'll ever go back.

about a month and a half ago

Will Peggy the Programmer Be the New Rosie the Riveter?

Maltheus Soon to be Peggy the Project Manager (333 comments)

Most women I've encountered in IT usually go into middle management. At pretty much every job I've ever had, most of the managers are women, they all claim to have come from a programming background, but there are hardly any female programmers (maybe one of two among the testers) who stick with it.

about 2 months ago

Good Engineering Managers Just "Don't Exist"

Maltheus Re:I know one (312 comments)

Yep. Best manger I ever had (by far) got demoted for some mysterious reason. Worst manager got promoted for her obvious lies.

about 2 months ago

Robot Tourism Coming Soon To Korea: Robot Land Project Breaks Ground

Maltheus Eastworld? (31 comments)

Now if only they could make Yul Brynner look a little more Korean.

about 3 months ago

Senator Dianne Feinstein: NSA Metadata Program Here To Stay

Maltheus Terrorists More Incompetent than Emo Teenagers (510 comments)

So which is it? Is our police state so incomptent that it can't stop disturbed teens from shooting up schools, or are the terrorists so incompetent that they can't manage similar (or worse) carnage? And other than 9/11, it's not like we were swimming in attacks before they went all Stasi on us.

The Constitution is the law here, and the only criminals we need to be focused on are the ones in our own government. They gave away the freedoms that Al Qaeda could never take from us and that makes them worse in my book.

about 3 months ago

Americans To FCC Chair: No Cell Calls On Planes, Please

Maltheus That scene from Commando.... (340 comments)

...where Schwarzenegger kills that guy sitting next to him on the plane. That would be me. And I don't want to go to prison. I would only fly on airlines that prohibit it. But based on the disdain they show for they customers, I'm sure they all would allow it.

about 3 months ago

Google Removes "Search Nearby" Function From Updated Google Maps

Maltheus What's happened to google? (255 comments)

Pretty much everything Google has done over the last couple of years has been for the worse. Every interface has been dumbed down. Many useful features have been removed, even from their basic search engine. The android navigation app, is now an accident waiting to happen, with each basic function require a half a dozen tiny button clicks all over the screen. They've made it impossible to comment on anything or leave a review, without a dummy account (and then why bother), and don't even get my started on the Google+ kool-aid. I liked it in sips until they decided to waterboard me with it.

I use Google products less these days and will continue that trend. I was fine with them raping my data, back when they were providing ever increasing utility, but whoever is running the show over there now has replaced the goose that laid the golden eggs, with your ordinary shit dropping variety.

about 3 months ago

Protect Your Android Phone By Killing All Its Crapware

Maltheus There is no android... (201 comments)

...there is only cyanogenmod. What is this crapware you speak of?

about 5 months ago

Hollywood's Love of Analytics Couldn't Prevent Six Massive Blockbuster Flops

Maltheus Big stars, bigger explosions.... (1029 comments)

Before I go to a movie, I read the reviews (user reviews, not the junket critics), and if they describe the movie as having "big stars, bigger explosions, and top-notch special effects", then I don't bother. That basically means they didn't put any time into the story.

Special effects haven't meant anything to me since CGI came into widespread use. Give me a halfway decent story, and I'll start going to the movies again.

about 9 months ago


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