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Ask Slashdot: Is Pascal Underrated?

metamatic Re:Early fragmentation (478 comments)

while there were various decent, proprietary, dialects that let you actually write code that did stuff, *standard* Pascal was as much use as a chocolate teapot

And that's still a problem today. There's no standard for OO Pascal, and the ANSI Pascal standards have been moribund since 1990.

That's why I abandoned Pascal (and Modula-2): I didn't want to get locked in to a single vendor.

2 days ago

The Free Educational Software GCompris Comes To Android

metamatic Re:That is *not* "free" software (75 comments)

More to the point, Android is an open source and freely redistributable platform.

about two weeks ago

Kawa 2.0 Supports Scheme R7RS

metamatic Re:Parentheses (62 comments)

Semantic indentation? Blech.

If you want Python, go write Python. Don't ruin Lisp trying to turn it into Python.

about a month and a half ago

Just-Announced X.Org Security Flaws Affect Code Dating Back To 1987

metamatic Re:Wha?!?!!! (172 comments)

Actually, OS X contains code and bugs that date back to the 1970s.

about a month and a half ago

The Guardian Reveals That Whisper App Tracks "Anonymous" Users

metamatic Re:Whisper's already denied this (180 comments)

âoeThere are at least three Guardian stories written off Whisper, and two of which were using the methods the article is attacking,â Zimmerman said

The ones he insists don't exist because the Guardian article is all lies?

If you're going to issue a denial, you should at least get your story internally consistent.

about 3 months ago

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 5 months 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 5 months 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 6 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 7 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 10 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 10 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 10 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.

1 year,25 days

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 a year 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 a year 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



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