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HTC Ready For Apple Patent War

corecaptain Patent Poker... (98 comments)

Here's 10 patents and I raise you 235 more...

What a god damn joke the whole system is.

more than 2 years ago

The Sad History and (Possibly) Bright Future of TiVo

corecaptain Re:Confessions of a former TIvo owner (490 comments)

I have Humax running right now in the Den. Love this box. The DVD burning feature is so nice. Just pop in a blank disk, select the shows to burn
and done. Now you have a DVD to take with you on vacation, for the kids in the car, or to pass to a friend. Sadly they don't sell this unit or any other
with DVD burner built in.

more than 3 years ago

The Sad History and (Possibly) Bright Future of TiVo

corecaptain I love my TIVO, but company has problems... (490 comments)

I currently have 2 Tivos - 1 of them HD - and a cable co dvr. The interface is the best and Tivo just works. The cable company's dvr can't touch it.
One small example. Say you turn on the TV and see a show that has been on for 10 minutes - and you decide to record it. Well Tivo has been buffering the
show since it began - so when you hit record you don't miss the first 10 minutes. On the cable co's dvr it just starts recording from when you hit record -
you don't get the first 10 minutes. There are many other examples like this that when all added up make the Tivo worth *some* premium. And here's where tivo
gets in trouble. Their pricing scheme, upgrade scheme is one big mess. Do you wonder why, if I love Tivo so much I still have a cable co dvr? Its because Tivo wanted
too much money from me to convert from Series 2 to Tivo HD. So now I have both in my home - Tivo and Cable dvr. Cable dvr is not as user friendly. But my wife and I
are slowing learning its quirks. Every month I see the Tivo bill I think about disconnecting to save money. Every month I learn to live with the Cable co dvr a bit more.....

more than 3 years ago

Why Programmers Need To Learn Statistics

corecaptain I don't need to stinking statistics (572 comments)

Sorry, Zed I don't need statistics to do my job. Zed jumped the shark years ago - isn't he the Rails guy? That is so 2005. This story is like having deja-vu of a bad hangover.

Just go away.

about 5 years ago

Widenius Warns Against MySQL Falling Into Oracle's Hands

corecaptain Just switch... (278 comments)

I had moved some new work to postgres, after the sun+oracle announcement I migrated some older code to postgres.

I also weaned myself off of Netbeans.

I've been in this business too long to have any illusions that Oracle is going to fund competitors to its revenue earning products. Oracle
doesn't want you on MySQL- at the minimum they want you on Oracle XE.

more than 5 years ago

Murdoch-Microsoft Deal In the Works

corecaptain Just shutup and doit Rupert.. (468 comments)

Hey Rupert, your a big shot CEO - so just make the phone call and have your robots.txt file
edited to block Google and stop the whining!

As Google has stated - indexing news is not a big revenue source for them. Last time I checked
there are no ads on google news. The truth is that News Corp's content *on the internet* isn't worth
that much. There are hundreds if not thousands of other smaller operations that would gladly take
their place in Google's indexes. The value in these legacy media operations was the control they had
amassed over the *medium* (paper, broadcast signals) not their *content*, which as most of us know, on
average *sucks*

As for Microsoft....All I can say is that with business strategies like this they better hope they can keep
on selling office/windows for a long, long time. I would call this strategy a direct assault on themselves. Google
should encourage Microsoft to pay for as much content as possible to put pressure on Microsoft's bottom line.

more than 5 years ago

Give two weeks' notice ...

corecaptain hmmm (616 comments)

I always give the two weeks notice mainly because it is a small world and just walking out with 0 notice makes you look bad (not matter how strong the temptation...).

I have never worked or even heard first hand about walking people out if they give notice. I'm in CA ? is this a regional (East Coast?) thing? What kind of companies do this?

more than 6 years ago


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