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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 three weeks ago
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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 a month ago
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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 a month ago
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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 4 months ago
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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 5 months ago
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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 5 months ago
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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 7 months ago
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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.

about 8 months ago
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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.

about 8 months ago
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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 9 months ago
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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 9 months ago
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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
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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
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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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Switzerland Tops IPv6 Adoption Charts; US Lags At 4th

metamatic Re:No kidding (155 comments)

Actually the US is first in nearly nothing, particularly if you prorate things per capita.

Nonsense!

The US is #1 in teenage pregnancies, #1 in gun ownership, #1 in healthcare costs, ...

about a year ago
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Java Developer Says He Built, Launched Basic Open Source Office Suite In 30 Days

metamatic Re:Redistributing the code internally (266 comments)

Internal redistribution or not, there is always a chance that you may want to give some variation of the software to client/subsidiary company/whatever - and opening source at this moment (which might be linked to some in-house prioprietary libraries in meantime) is just not worth the effort.

Presumably you have a blanket ban on commercial software too, then, as it's not like you can redistribute that as you wish either.

about a year ago
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German Ministry of Education Throws Away PCs For 190,000 € Due To Infection

metamatic Re:Computer Culling (347 comments)

A Final Solution to the computer virus problem!

about a year ago

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