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The World's Greatest Competitive Programmer

systemsplanet no contest (202 comments)

Those of you, who think you code it all, are very annoying to those of us who do.

more than 2 years ago

New Analyst Report Calls Agile a Scam, Says It's An Easy Out For Lazy Devs

systemsplanet agile solves analysis paralysis (491 comments)

agile can be summarized as "just do it". it works well,in my experience, at cranking out code and a semi usable product. after a few years of bolting on enhancements you may wish you spent more time designing. however, it's easy to design something that don't work. at least with agile you get something working fast. as fast as the web changes, we really need fast solutions to current problems.

more than 2 years ago

Google TV Suffers Setback

systemsplanet Is 3.5 Stars on Amazon is a bad rating? (202 comments)

How do geeks interpret these Amazon ratings for the Logitech Revue?
5 star: (58)
4 star: (43)
3 star: (15)
2 star: (15)
1 star: (29)

To me, a big geek, Google TV is a great value. I'm voting with my wallet...
It works so well, that I've cancelled my $65 a month AT&T Uverse TV subscription.
In 4.6 months, Google TV will be free and I'll be pocketing $65 a month.

The time I use to spend watching re-runs on Uverse, I now spend
- using the Netflix app to stream videos
- using the built-in chrome browser to surf the web, ck email, watch podcasts, watch YouTube lean-back.
- using DLNA to wirelessly listen to my music collection on my sterio, watch my pictures and videos on my big screen (from my Windows 7 VMware VM), etc.

When the Android Market to opens, I'll be downloading new apps....

But as far as a bad rating goes, I don't see where people are coming from. Maybe they're caught in some reality distortion field, or have some axe to grind.

more than 4 years ago

Sahara Solar To Power Half the World By 2050

systemsplanet Peak Sun (363 comments)

it's short-term thinking like this that got us into this mess... We know the sun is scheduled to burn out, so why build a power infrastructure around it? Zed PM is the only way to go.

more than 4 years ago

Devs Grapple With 100+ Versions of Android

systemsplanet Virtual Machines solve this (386 comments)

A Flash (or some other) VM that runs on all flavors of android will solve this. If Jobs would allow Flash on the iphone/ipad then we could write once, and run on all mobile devices (RIM, Android, Apple, WebOS)

more than 4 years ago

eLEGS Exoskeleton Allows Paraplegics To Walk

systemsplanet Who will be able to use these (56 comments)

I've been in a wheelchair for 20+ years, from a spinal injury when I was 20. I wonder if only newly injured people will benefit from this technology. My bones are probably too brittle to support me even with an exoskeleton. Probably will need years of bone therapy before I could use this. But I'd certainly be willing to try, just so I could look down at people again. It would really freak people out, cause I'm 6" but they're used to looking down at me. Wonder if they'll have some dance and ass-kickin modes too.

more than 4 years ago



iPhone will run Flash, with or without Apple

systemsplanet systemsplanet writes  |  more than 4 years ago

systemsplanet (1332511) writes "Here's three ways Flash can make it to the iPhone:

1. Anti-trust lawsuit will force Apple's hand http://www.phonesreview.co.uk/2010/05/04/apple-could-face-antitrust-inquiry-over-section-3-3-1/

2. Steve Jobs bends to pressure from users who realize ubiquitous HTML5 is many years away,
and sometimes they really do need to watch a flash movie from their iPhone/iPad

3. Users decide jail breaking is no more risky than installing a new OS. Here's how:
- Apple will abandon support for older iPhone/iPads.
- Users will buy new devices and/or jail break their older iPhone/iPads to get the new features;
- Once users realize jail breaking didn't screw up their old phone, they'll jail break their new phone too.
- Jail Broken phones will be much more robust than the stock Apple OS
- Flash and other features will be the choice of the user and not Steve Jobs."

Why cant 4 slash-dotters equal Einstein's brain?

systemsplanet systemsplanet writes  |  more than 5 years ago

systemsplanet (1332511) writes "Just watched a cable program about Albert Einstein.
His accomplishments are truly amazing.
So what stops multiple people from combining their brainpower?
We're all smart. What are we missing?

If one man can overturn Isac Newton. Four should be able to overturn Einstein.

Your thoughts?"



Why Monopolies suck

systemsplanet systemsplanet writes  |  more than 6 years ago

This week we got a letter from AT&T saying our next bill would include the cost of the following month in advance. Only a monopoly could just decide they are going to bill in advance like this.

Tonight Comcast "TV guide channel" and "History Channel" (UFO Hunters show !!!) went blank. I contacted Comcast via chat and they said they sent a notice in the mail that the channels were moving to a more expensive plan. For only $33 dollars more we can turn it back on. That's almost double our current cable tv fee. Found the tv guide online for free at http://www.comcast.net/tv/tv-listings/. But the History Channel and UFO Hunters is no more for us. Only a monopoly could get away with this. I searched and there are no other cable providers for our area. arughh..

I'm thinking of dropping cable tv all together. We have high speed internet. Can anyone recommend some good internet alternatives or ways to see History Channel on the web?

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