Neither Newton's nor Einstein's theory of gravitation were greeted with "extreme skepticism" by the general community.
Yes, H.265 support is out there and Netflix et al are using it. The question is how long they'll keep using it now that HEVC Advance has announced they're taking 0.5% of Netflix's revenue.
The key drawback of steam is that building a steam catapult that can vary its power output well enough to launch both large manned planes and (much more fragile) small drones is rather hard. And people _really_ want to launch drones from carriers.
There is no useful subset of C++ that is a) statically checkable and b) guarantees absence of dangling pointers and null dereferences.
You can build Rust programs and libraries that don't link to the standard library (as you can in C) This is very useful. Rust is pretty much the only language that lets you write complex safe code and still not link to any standard library (since its memory-safe competitors all require GC).
Your last sentence sums it up nicely. If you stick to the safe subset of Rust (which is almost the entire language, and enough to write almost all of a high-performance Web browser in, for example) then you can't trigger undefined behaviors, and references that claim to be non-null are guaranteed to really not be null. Escaping from that subset requires you to write the "unsafe" keyword.
OTOH C++ has nothing like that. It's very very easy in practice for C++ code to accidentally trigger undefined behaviors that can cause anything to happen, and there's no way to tell at compile time whether the code is safe.
int* p = nullptr;
int& p2 = *p;
C++ provides no safety guarantees: there's no subset of C++ that can be statically checked to be safe, that's rich enough for C++ programmers to use in practice. As soon as you use pointers or references you have the possibility of the underlying object dying and leaving a dangling reference.
The scenario you describe is pretty much how it worked, with Google and Netflix doing most of the forcing, and Microsoft only helping out a little bit.
It supports consoles as well, via JSMESS. https://archive.org/details/gg...
So you would not have helped save the thousands of Yazidi lives that were saved last August?
FWIW Hobby Lobby always provided, and still provides, at least ten different kinds of contraceptive coverage to its employees.
That MediaMatters page --- like most other material on this subject --- is artfully designed to mislead.