It's been 2 1/2 months since the last MET code update (August 13)! That's a "ridiculously long time even by Stern standards"? Really?
I've heard that Lyman has more or less moved away from Metallica. Stern has too much riding on Star Trek right now and I don't think it's selling as well as they were counting on. They've already made 90% or more of the money they could ever make from Metallica, whether they finish the code or not. The timing sucks and that stupid hammer on the premium/LE used up all of the dedicated coding time from Lyman.
Now you are just making stuff up.
I want updated code for MET as much as anyone, but making stuff up and using hyperbole isn't going to help.