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Comment: Re:SAVE US AND THE WEB FROM MOZILLA! (Score 1) 320

by metamatic (#49605983) Attached to: Mozilla Begins To Move Towards HTTPS-Only Web

Then there was the whole Eich debacle. Regardless of your stance, it's pretty disgusting that somebody had to lose his job merely because of his beliefs regarding same-sex marriages.

He didn't lose his job merely because of his beliefs regarding same-sex marriages.

He lost his job because he spent money attempting to get laws passed which would prevent people, including his employees, from getting married. That made it hard for him to be a leader for those employees, so he resigned his position.

If he had merely had opinions, there wouldn't have been an issue.

But hey, don't let the actual facts get in the way of a dishonest misstatement of the situation.

Comment: Re:Early fragmentation (Score 1) 492

by metamatic (#48900921) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is Pascal Underrated?

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.

Comment: Re:Whisper's already denied this (Score 2) 180

by metamatic (#48169727) Attached to: The Guardian Reveals That Whisper App Tracks "Anonymous" Users
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.

Comment: Re:No. (Score 5, Interesting) 368

by metamatic (#47868115) Attached to: Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+

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.

Comment: Empty Calories (Score 1) 588

by metamatic (#47808895) Attached to: Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study

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.

Comment: RFC 6238 or GTFO (Score 1) 47

by metamatic (#47318477) Attached to: Trivial Bypass of PayPal Two-Factor Authentication On Mobile Devices

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.

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