not ready for prime time


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not ready for prime time

Usable, but only just so; not very robust; for internal use only. Said of a program or device. Often connotes that the thing will be made more solid Real Soon Now. This term comes from the ensemble name of the original cast of "Saturday Night Live", the "Not Ready for Prime Time Players". It has extra flavour for hackers because of the special (though now semi-obsolescent) meaning of prime time. Compare beta.
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Technology systems are not ready for prime time. Healthcare organizations are faced with a flood of software deliveries, upgrades and code fixes that appear to have limited testing.
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A few weeks ago, the Media Ratings Council announced that the technology for tracking viewability is not ready for prime time and explicitly advised publishers not to promise advertisers viewability.
"I think China's still not ready for prime time using armed drones, but they surely will be with a few more years of determined practice," Gormley said.
"Voice for navigation is not ready for prime time. People use it at first, then usage falls off," said Doug Brown, an FIS senior vice president who also is general manager of FIS Mobile.
Recent moves by Japan's two largest automakers suggest that the electric car, after more than 100 years of development and several brief revivals, still is not ready for prime time -- and may never be.
In the early'80s he was a musician on the fast-paced set of Saturday Night Live during the time when Eddie Murphy was one of the show's "Not Ready for Prime Time Players." In 1992, Chew came on as musical director for It's Showtime at the Apollo.
Norrod conceded that ARM is not ready for prime time on servers, and that it could be a few years until the architecture starts competing with rival chips from Intel and AMD.
Then were the "never should've run" half-baked ones catapulted into the lead of this lacklustre field to be humiliated and forced to drop out when it became clear they "were not ready for prime time".
The Post goes on to argue that the electric car industry is "not ready for prime time," saying "sales of electric vehicles were disappointing in 2011." Chelsea Sexton, an electric car advocate who has advised GM, said via email that 2011 sales of electric cars have for the most part "been limited by production, not demand." "Even so, 2011 [EV] sales were nearly double first year (2000) hybrid sales," Sexton added.