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"MythBusters" Drops Kari Byron, Grant Imahara, Tory Belleci

the-matt-mobile Tory - Brian Dunkleman (364 comments)

I always thought of Tory as the Brian Dunkleman of Mythbusters. You know, that guy who hosted with Seacrest during the first season of American Idol that no one remembers. They should have dumped Tory when he tried to electrocute Adam with the Ark of the Covenant, and no one would have minded.

about 2 months ago
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Jim Weirich, Creator of Rake, Has Passed Away

the-matt-mobile Roman Numeral Code Kata (109 comments)

I saw Jim present this at the StirTrek conference in Columbus in 2012. It was a really good presentation. Life is short and we aren't promised a tomorrow, but this guy clearly was doing what he was passionate about. http://bostonrb.org/presentati...

about 8 months ago
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Why Do Projects Continue To Support Old Python Releases?

the-matt-mobile Re: When upgrades break code (432 comments)

I was with you until you brought up VB and then proved you haven't got a clue what you are talking about. VB.NET code written for the 1.0 framework 14 years ago compiles and works exactly the same in the latest 4.5 release, full stop. If you're really referring to classic VB6 and prior, or the false notion that VB6 was ever intended to able to magically port to .NET, that's pretty much ancient history at this point. There's lots to complain about with VB, but Microsoft has had language compatibility right for almost 15 years now.

about 9 months ago
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Evad3rs Announce iOS 7 Jailbreak For Latest Apple Devices

the-matt-mobile It works (110 comments)

I just finished applying it to my 4th generation iPad. It took about 10 minutes, which was longer than I expected. It uploads an app to your device, which you then run to apply the jailbreak. If Apple would just include a Dvorak keyboard, my main reason for jailbreaking would be gone. Or rather, it would only be driven by my desire to tinker and not from any real need.

about 9 months ago
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'Dangerously Naive' Aaron Swartz 'Destroyed Himself'

the-matt-mobile Re: Hope it makes him feel better (362 comments)

When the perpetrator of a crime is prosecuted for it, he's not a victim. And when that perp then commits a harm against himself, he's no victim there either. You keep using that word 'victim', but I don't think you know what it means.

1 year,16 days
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U.S. Government: Sorry, We're Closed

the-matt-mobile Re: Fucking idiots (1532 comments)

Well, thankfully you don't get a vote then. I for one am happy that someone is willing to stand up and say current behaviors are driving our country toward an inevitable debt burden we can never hope to repay, regardless of whether the message is popular. Someone is finally saying it's time to have a credible plan to turn things around. Now, if only they had a credible plan...

1 year,20 days
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What Windows Phone 8 Needs To Do To Succeed

the-matt-mobile Re:for starters, don't dump previous customers (246 comments)

This. This. One hundred times, this. Owning an iPhone has meant that at the end of your two year contract, you're still getting software updates. And buying a smart phone is an investment in the eco-system. It's so simple, it's frightening that MS can't figure it out - those people who bought your product, the ones willing to give you money and buy apps from your store, keep those people happy. If you do, they will evangelize your product. If you don't those 2 years are an eternity of loathing. As a .NET dev, I want a phone I can enjoy writing software for, but they have yet to sell me on whether it's worth the investment. The Lumia is a gorgeous phone, but can they keep people using it happy for 2 years the way Apple does? Outlook not good. So I type away on slashdot via my iPhone and wait to give Apple my money for the iPhone 5s next year, sight unseen. Boring, but reliably good for the long haul.

more than 2 years ago
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Torvalds Takes Issue With De Icaza's Linux Desktop Claims

the-matt-mobile Re:A simple fact remains... (616 comments)

Read in context, it's obvious that I am saying the most prevalent unix-based OS is clearly OS X, which it is.

more than 2 years ago
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Torvalds Takes Issue With De Icaza's Linux Desktop Claims

the-matt-mobile A simple fact remains... (616 comments)

Agree or disagree with Miguel, Linus, Cox, or whomever... The simple point remains that just over a decade ago hardly anyone ran a Unix desktop. Linux looked poised to change that. But today, the most prevalent desktop OS isn't Linux, it's OS X. All the posturing and blaming and theorizing is great and all, but lost in all the bickering is the simple fact that Linux has yet to come out on top in the consumer space (minus embedded), and at this point no longer looks poised to ever do so. That may be fine for some, but for many the dream of an open source consumer PC OS is slipping away. I commend Miguel for at least being willing to say why he thinks so, rather than going on pretending the failure isn't a huge letdown to many of us. He may not be right about the why, but at least he's willing to admit the 'what', which is light years further than many in the community *cough* Stallman *cough* have been able to do.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's the Best Place To Relocate?

the-matt-mobile Columbus OH (999 comments)

We've weathered 3 tech downturns since I've been in the IT biz without a dent, our housing market didn't have a huge bubble so there wasn't much value lost, and unemploment in IT is near 1% here right now. Everyone's hiring developers. Lived here all my life - weather's decent if you like real snow in winter and heat in the summer, the city is growing and modern, and there's a fair amount to do if you prefer more family-oriented over a single's night life. If you write code, come. We'd love to have you.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Acknowledges iPhone 4S Battery Problems

the-matt-mobile Re:Seriously? (315 comments)

While true, that's a pretty disingenuous comment to the topic at hand. Anyone with previous iPhone experience can tell that the 4S battery life is abysmal. My 3 year old iPhone 3G lasted many hours longer than my brand new 4S. does It doesn't take millions of users to see this. It's not like it's barely noticeable.

more than 2 years ago
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Mozilla Firefox 6 Released Ahead of Schedule

the-matt-mobile Re:Major versions? (415 comments)

No doubt. When I read the OP, all I could think of was that of was what an understatement it is to say they released version 6 early when you consider that 4.0 came out a few months ago. Given all the really bad decisions Mozilla has made lately, I have to wonder if they've ever heard of this little old browser called Netscape? History seems to be repeating itself.

more than 3 years ago
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Devs Worried Microsoft Will Dump .NET

the-matt-mobile Re:Does dumping .NET mean dumping XNA? (440 comments)

Considering XNA and Silverlight are still being pushed pretty hard with Windows Phone

Actually, that's the whole reason for the debate, right there. Windows 8 is the next iteration of Microsoft's very late-in-coming mobile strategy. The whole reason for the hoopla in the first place is that Silverlight was the center of that strategy for WP7, but the Windows 8 demo (done on a touch screen) looks like an indicator of a Crazy Ivan shift in that mobile development strategy. The discussion about on the MS forums is about WPF and Silverlight and the whole mobile strategy. The discussion here is a some bizarre chicken-little-sky-is-falling-ms-flamebait-typical-slashdot-crapfest.

more than 3 years ago
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Silverlight Developers Rally Against Windows 8

the-matt-mobile a complete misunderstanding of the debate here.... (580 comments)

Obviously from this thread and the headline, there's little understanding of what the uprising is about. Silverlight is not dead - perhaps on the web at large, but within intranets and line of business apps it's huge. But that's the stuff that you'd never see if you don't work for a Microsoft shop. And the big issue isn't any of that anyway - it's that Microsoft has FINALLY been working on getting their mobile strategy together and now it looks like they're changing directions erratically. Windows Phone 7 was a huge (but late) step forward, and a lot of investment has begun in that arena. And silverlight was a big part of that. And now with the Windows 8 announcement with so much focus on mobile, the silence about silverlight is deafening. There's nothing that indicates that they are building on their previous direction.

Now, you may be part of the typical slashdot crowd and believe that this is just SOP with Microsoft, and for a small subset of technologies you'd be right, but mostly that opinion is dead wrong as MS is probably one of the best companies out there at supporting legacy tech and putting out stuff with backwards compatibility in mind. It's what keeps MS in business, and it's something that has many flaws, but is their greatest strength as well. This Windows 8 announcement looks to be an abandonment of that philosophy, and it's a bit alarming. If they have something to say about WPF development for mobile, they need to say it - and quick. (Full disclosure: Professionally, I'm a .NET developer, but have never had anything but passing interest in silverlight)

more than 3 years ago
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Attachmate Fires Mono Developers

the-matt-mobile Re:Mono, on the ropes? lets hope for a swift death (362 comments)

Huh, that's funny. Without projects like Mono, I personally wouldn't have been willing to touch Linux (or OS X). Thankfully, your opinion - though apparently shared by many - doesn't mean squat. I for one am glad for the availability of choice in the open source world, and the beauty is that what I chose doesn't have to line up with what anyone else chooses. I'm hopeful another company picks these guys up soon as the risk now is that the team won't stay together. The only mistake I see with Mono was they tied themselves to Novell which has been destined for the bottom of the sea for years.

more than 3 years ago
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Apple vs. Microsoft, By the Numbers

the-matt-mobile Re:People won't be buying Windows Mobile... (296 comments)

I own an iPhone, but frankly I'm rooting for WP7 all the way. While there's a lot of excitement about developing for iOS *devices*, I don't see much excitement about iOS as a *development platform*. Closed app store, OS X development only, clunky programming language - no reason to rehash the whole list - you read slashdot. This is the one thing MS brings to the show - they know how to make software that appeals to developers, and that's what I expect out of WP7. Some excitement around it as a development platform. If they do that, which is what they're traditionally good at, they'll dominate. Sadly, I worry that they've not yet found their "developers, developers, developers" monkey dance mantra when it comes to mobile devices, but if history is an indicator they'll figure it out.

more than 3 years ago
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Apple vs. Microsoft, By the Numbers

the-matt-mobile Re:Bought my first Mac (296 comments)

I have an iPad as well. The first thing you do when you open the box is plug it into your computer and wait. We're not in a post-PC world yet by a long shot, but I'll agree with you that MS got caught with their pants down when it comes to tablets and phones. But if history is any indication, they'll catch up, and I expect they'll do it quickly.

more than 3 years ago
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Apple vs. Microsoft, By the Numbers

the-matt-mobile Re:Bought my first Mac (296 comments)

I know you're trying to be cute, but I think that's part of the problem. I run a Linux server at work for secure file transfers and we have a legacy Apache box serving PHP pages for an old website. We run Cygwin on many of our Windows servers. But the truth is - and I recognize I'm not in great company here at Slashdot - that Windows is plenty fine for most in the consumer space. Windows 7 is the best OS MS has ever released, and the adoption rate blew away OSX's total market share in a matter of months. I like OSX okay I guess (typing from it now), but I certainly wouldn't pay a premium for it. I paid the premium for superior hardware. That's what Apple does really, really well.

more than 3 years ago
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Apple vs. Microsoft, By the Numbers

the-matt-mobile Re:Bought my first Mac (296 comments)

0.1% of the Slashdot crowd, maybe. But you delude yourself if you believe that plenty of folks aren't happy with Windows. Now, yes - the specs I wanted for my laptop aren't super-typical for someone in the market for a Dell, but so what? My point still stands - I highly doubt that Apple is killing Microsoft in any way right now in the markets where they actually compete. People aren't choosing Apple over some Microsoft alternative - that was the battle from 2 decades ago. The more interesting comparison is how Apple is doing against Dell, HP, Samsung, and Sony as Apple is a maker of devices... the software part of their business is ancillary.

more than 3 years ago

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