When I saw this, I almost said “There’s no way anyone will pay for these channels.” But, people said the same thing about Netflix. YouTube is charging up to $6.99 a month for subscriptions to certain channels. The fee isn’t for the for the entire service, but for selected channels. You can get a bundle of channels (just like cable TV) for about $9.99 a month which brings me back to my original statement: ”There’s no way anyone will pay for these channels.” There are 54 paid channels which cover a lot of topics and programs like Justice Central (which has all of your favorite reality court room shows), Big Star Movies (independent movies, foreign films, documentaries), Cuba Play T.V. (Cuban television programming), and 51 more channels for your viewing pleasure. These days, there’s a market for everything. The big question is: Will you buy?
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According to Cisco, over 50 billion devices will be connected to the Internet by the year 2020 which could create a very large business opportunity for companies poised to take advantage of it. Opportunities will created in manufacturing, transportation, health care, energy and government. This new market, the Internet of Things, is banking on society’s need to have all their devices connected and online at all times. It would encode 50 to 100 trillion objects and have the ability to track them (the average person in an urban environment is surrounded by 1000 to 5000 track-able objects). If everything was equipped with identifying devices, our entire landscape would be transformed and improved. Businesses would never run out of supplies because the stock would self-monitor and be continuously replenished when necessary. Customers would always know what was on-hand in their favorite stores before walking into them (if they had not checked online beforehand), and hospital equipment would be able to notify technicians when calibration was needed.
At this time, Cisco is working with dozens of utility companies to deploy smart meters supporting Internet Protocol. Today, there are over 2 billion smart meters in use using over 135 different protocols. The company also invested in Cohda Wireless, a company pivotal in the creating of boards supporting the infrastructure to connect cars to each other and the Internet. This technology would prove very helpful in large metropolitan areas to aid in traffic prediction, smoothing, and accident prevention.
Many fans of the Star Trek franchise are familiar with the Kobayashi Maru. In the fictional series, cadets are taken through many training exercises designed to test their intelligence and leadership skills. One of the most difficult tests is the Kobayashi Maru, which is a test designed to be unbeatable. The test pitted an unwitting cadet as a starship captain on a mission to save a crippled vessel in enemy territory. The computer simulated exercise was designed to counter any actions the captain attempted and would always end in the destruction of their ship and the vessel in need of help. The only person to pass the test was a young Captain Kirk who reprogrammed the computer to allow him to defeat the no-win scenario. Although we can’t correct life’s toughest problems with a few keystrokes, we can make changes which allow us to redefine our problems which allow a new solution to be worked.
Agile software development can be considered as operating within the same boundaries of the fictional test. When there are changes to be made, they are designed, applied, tested, and given to stakeholders for their approval. These iterations continue until a workable product is created. In fact, continuous planning, collaboration, design, development, and testing occur until an acceptable product is produced. Instead of relying on the old methods of following one plan until the end, Agile practices allow developers to change the game in midstream, adapting to new challenges, without having to go all the way back to the drawing board. If a team member has an idea, it can be integrated into an iteration of code at the time of discovery instead of wasting time and money redesigning it from the very beginning of the process. Much like the young Captain Kirk, by constantly correcting issues, thereby redefining the code and the problem, developers are able to quickly adjust to programming problems and stakeholders’ changing requirements.
No one really thought when we watched the Jetsons years ago, we would have flying autos by now. Of course, we don’t, but I believe we are getting close. If you watched some of the old sci-fi movies or television shows way back when, the characters held what seemed to be small computers which could give them almost any type of information. That science fiction is now science fact so who knows how long it will be before we have the flying automobile? Here are a few pics of past cars mixed with a few future auto ideas that may spark your curiosity and bring back memories.
Technology has changed so much of our lives that it is hard to make a living without it. Even a simple activity like jogging is not immune from the tangles of technology. Devices that monitor the amount of miles run, calories burned, and speed are standard equipment for today’s runners. This is a small example of the many ways we use these tools to assist us in our lives. But, have these strides helped or hindered us from being reaching our true potential? Thinking is no longer necessary. There is no need to learn a foreign language when it is much easier to use an iPhone language app which automatically converts English to Spanish, German, Italian, etc. Is all of this progress making us brilliantly smarter or lazy underachievers?
With all of this in mind, it makes you think of the type of person you may want to work for you: the teenager who can code virtually anything but may take forever to do it, or the kid who can code anything, but lives in a pig stye? There is also the person who has many ideas but spins out of control before completing any of them. There have been many studies conducted about human behavior, but this case points to two types of people ranging between intelligent to less intelligent (we’ll keep it politically correct), and diligent to lazy. We have seen many of these types manifested in our children or friends’ behaviors: the intelligent and physically energetic worker and the brilliant but physically lazy worker. Those who are bright and energetic may be obsessed with perfection and micromanagement and although they can be excellent workers, sometimes can not finish a project because they think TOO much. Then there are the bright but physically lazy individuals. These folks are smart enough to see what needs to be done but will find the easiest way to achieve that goal. These are the people who know how to re-use code, outsource when necessary, and use whatever means necessary to efficiently get a job done with the least amount of effort (such as the aforementioned language apps). Although I do not agree with cutting corners, I do believe there is always an easier way of doing things. There will always be someone who will find the easier way and leverage it to their advantage. Which type are you and what type of programmer would you hire?