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Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+

metamatic Re:No. (368 comments)

The news hit the developers in the Stockholm office very hard to the point that people were actually sobbing.

Yeah, they probably know how well being bought by Microsoft worked out for Sublogic. Or Oddworld Inhabitants. Or Bungie, even, forced to crank out endless formulaic sequels.

On the one hand, I can't blame notch, because if Microsoft offered me enough cash to retire, I'd sell out. But on the other hand, notch is already a millionaire, right? It's not like he needs the money.

about a week ago

Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study

metamatic Empty Calories (588 comments)

Since I started avoiding bread, potato (not sweet potato), rice, pasta and sugar, I've lost a lot of weight.

I did even less -- I cut the added sugar (specifically fructose) to the AHA recommended limits, but I allowed myself to eat all the other carbs I liked, and as much raw fresh fruit as I liked. Weight fell off me and has stayed off for 6 months now. My waistline dropped by 4". So far it seems I can basically eat as much as I like, including carbs, whenever I'm hungry, and stay at a healthy weight, so long as I keep my sugar intake low. So personally, I'm pretty much convinced that Dr Robert Lustig is right about fructose.

Of course, YMMV, I'm not a doctor, etc etc.

about two weeks ago

Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

metamatic Simple choice (550 comments)

On the one hand, I like my glasses. They have also prevented stuff from getting in my eyes more than once.

On the other hand, LASIK involves someone slicing into the front of my eyeballs while I am fully conscious and watching them do it.

about 2 months ago

Trivial Bypass of PayPal Two-Factor Authentication On Mobile Devices

metamatic RFC 6238 or GTFO (47 comments)

This is part of why I don't bother to support half-assed roll-your-own 2FA systems like PayPal's, or stupid SMS-based schemes like Apple's. If you want to offer 2FA, offer me RFC 6238 so I can handle all my 2FA accounts in one convenient app and I know you didn't invent it yourself.

Mind you, I guess PayPal's programmers would have just implemented RFC 6238 client side and sent an extra parameter to say I'd got the code right.

about 3 months ago

Bunnie Huang's Novena Open Source Laptop Launches Via Crowd Supply

metamatic Re:Great project, but.... (88 comments)

Well then, sounds like you've identified yourself a business opportunity.

about 5 months ago

Google Android Studio Vs. Eclipse: Which Fits Your Needs?

metamatic Re:Not surprising (140 comments)

Yup, I switched from Eclipse to IntelliJ IDEA for my regular Java development as well as Android.

It's faster, leaner, more helpful, and has a far less cluttered UI.

I just wish it wasn't $199, I'd totally buy a personal license for $99. (There's zero chance of my employer buying it for me.)

about 6 months ago

Google Android Studio Vs. Eclipse: Which Fits Your Needs?

metamatic Re:Horrible article (140 comments)

that, and i can't figure out why it's better.

Both ANT and Maven represent your build script as huge horrific XML files. Gradle uses a simple human-readable JSON-like syntax.

That and ANT is goddamn slow.

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Best App For Android For Remote Access To Mac Or PC?

metamatic Re:How about for chromebooks? (165 comments)

Quote: "Chrome Remote Desktop is fully cross-platform. Provide remote assistance to Windows, Mac and Linux users, or access your Windows (XP and above) and Mac (OS X 10.6 and above) desktops at any time, all from the Chrome browser on virtually any device, including Chromebooks."

So it sounds like it's supposed to work.

about 8 months ago

Sex Offender Gets New Hearing After Hearing Officer Rants Against Arial Font

metamatic Re:stupid coments, but.... (312 comments)

Funny, but I thought citizens were guaranteed rights to a fair trial.

What a quaintly pre-9/11 notion.

about 10 months ago

25,000-Drive Study Gives Insight On How Long Hard Drives Actually Last

metamatic Re:Um.. (277 comments)

I miss Micropolis.

I don't. I worked in data recovery back then, and we used to nickname them "Micrapolis" because we saw so many.

about 10 months ago

OpenSUSE May Be First Major Distro To Adopt Btrfs By Default

metamatic Re:exciting. (104 comments)

Eh, I find RedHat way too conservative. RHEL is still shipping Ruby 1.8, for example, and only has 1.9 in beta, even though 1.8 was EOL 6 months ago and 2.0 is stable.

about a year ago

How One Man Turns Annoying Cold Calls Into Cash

metamatic Re:and why not? (227 comments)

Seems to me if you make sure your premium number is on the "Do not call" list, you should be in the clear.

1 year,18 days

The Cryonics Institute Offers a Chance at Immortality (Video #2)

metamatic Re:First (155 comments)

... why would they want to thaw hundreds or thousands of people who are jobless with no family or means to support themselves, and will need extensive education and rehabilitation to re-enter society?

Slave labor. Medical experimentation. To put in zoos. There are many possibilities.

1 year,26 days

Chrome's Insane Password Security Strategy

metamatic Re: This is also the case on Firefox (482 comments)

In my password vault application I have 74 web sites over 15 computer logins

I work with computers and do a lot of online shopping, so I have over 600 login/password combinations in mine. Seriously.

about a year ago

New Study Fails To Show That Violent Video Games Diminish Prosocial Behavior

metamatic Re:cowboys and indians (113 comments)

Because the sexual moors of the early 20th century and prior are something we want to return to?

Is that the ghost of Myra Hindley I hear?

about a year ago

Oracle Discontinues Free Java Time Zone Updates

metamatic Re:Actually: Why are these needed? (405 comments)

That doesn't explain why Java doesn't use the OS information for date and time formats and other i18n issues.

about a year ago

Oracle Discontinues Free Java Time Zone Updates

metamatic Re:Actually: Why are these needed? (405 comments)

Why doesn't java use the operating system to provide that information in the first place?

Same reason they don't use the operating system to provide locale information. It's easier to do the lazy thing and implement your own locale system than work out how to interface to the POSIX one.

Same reason Python used to do the same. (I think Python may now use the OS locale, though.)

about a year ago

Pondering the Future of a Re-Org'd Microsoft

metamatic Re:What in the world are they thinking? (400 comments)

This is a strong overstatement, if M$ never released another version of windows you would still find windows being installed on new machine 30 years from now.

I don't know about that. In the 1970s, CP/M was as dominant as Windows was in the 1990s. When's the last time you saw CP/M being installed on a new machine?

about a year ago



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