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A Look At the Rare Hybrid Console Built By Sony and Nintendo 37 37

An anonymous reader writes: Long before Sony and Nintendo were rivals, the two companies were partners for a brief time. In 1988 the duo started work on SNES-CD, a video game media format that was supposed to augment the cartridge-based SNES by adding support for higher-capacity CDs. In 1991 at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Sony introduced the "Play Station" (yes, with a space) but it never saw the light of day. Now, more than two decades later, Imgur user DanDiebold has uploaded images of the unreleased console. This particular model (about 200 Play Station prototypes were created) confirms that the system was supposed to be compatible with existing SNES titles as well as titles to be released in the SNES-CD format. In other words, it would have been the world's first hybrid console: game developers and gamers alike would be able to use both SNES cartridges and CDs. If you want to learn more about this particular prototype, check out the following thread on Assembler Games.

Comment I'm perplexed by your problem (Score 1) 189 189

I'm perplexed by your problem. Every toner cartridge I have ever bought, both OEM and off-brand clones, have been shipped with prepaid return labels to ship the spent cartridge back to be recycled. The off-brand clones really want them since they're going to refurbish and refill them, anyway.

The solution? Find a better toner supplier.

Comment These stories always happen (Score 1) 843 843

These stories always happen during the adolescence of the development lifecycle of expensive airframes. It happened with the Osprey, the F-15, and even the F-16, arguably the most successful of the affordable fighters.

The F-35 will evolve into a competent fighter as they always do. We really don't want different fighters for each branch of the military anymore.

Comment This is basically what the Volt should have been (Score 1) 249 249

This is basically what the Volt should have been.

Even though the Volt degraded into a disappointing electromotive hybrid with engine assistance while still being far in advance of the Toyota HSG, it took least one billion dollars of research before GM went bankrupt. Hopefully, GM can recoup some of those lost dollars with the Bolt and give us the electric vehicle we were promised with the Volt, but this time, it will have no petroleum engine.

Comment AOL had the "unsend" feature decades ago (Score 2) 95 95

AOL had the "unsend" feature decades ago, which actually "unsended" emails after they were sent.

So did Lotus Notes, and Microsoft Exchange.

This "feature" is a 30-second delay on outbound messages, a clever hack, but how is this news to anyone?

It's the "beer goggles" extension re-warmed for clueless Gmail users as it graduates out of Gmail Labs.


Try harder, Google. Try harder.

Comment Yahoo in Northern VA (Score 1) 107 107

There's this rumor that when Yahoo expanded its Lockport "chicken coop" data centers in upstate NY they vacated at least two large data centers in Northern VA and because the lease isn't up for another two years they have been mostly empty ever since.

Yet, Yahoo is saving lots of money by doing this.


The Unintended Consequences of Free Windows 10 For Everyone 277 277

Ammalgam writes: Microsoft seems to be really driven to pushing over a billion people to the new Windows 10 platform as soon as humanly possible. In the latest push to make this happen, the company has basically decided that (somewhat off the record), pirates can come in the side door and it really doesn't matter what the state of their Windows license is, they can get Windows 10 for free. To get deep into the weeds on how this is happening, you have to read Ed Bott's excellent article on ZDNET – "With a nod and a wink, Microsoft gives away Windows 10 to anyone who asks." However, on, Onuora Amobi asks whether the cost benefit analysis has been done and if this deluge of new members will have a detrimental effect on the Windows Insider Program.

Comment Consider the IBM Power Systems (Score 1) 257 257

Consider the IBM Power Systems, formerly known as the IBM System i, AS/400 and eServer iSeries.

The systems in these product lines are intended to be in use indefinitely with a completely compatible upgrade path. The operating systems and the software used on these servers are based on an architecture that has been in continuous use since 1979, the System/38, and the software that runs on these systems has been in use even earlier than that.

Comment Re: Cost effectiveness (Score 1) 116 116

Wow, if the figures projected by this article turn out to be true in the real world, I stand corrected.

However, since my own home has a load-management cutoff switch for my water heater to reduce load on peak days, I have a doubt how successful it will be in actual real-world situations.

Comment Re: Cost effectiveness (Score 1) 116 116

If your hot water heater, dryer, and stove run continuously for any extended amount of time, then you've got to call your electrician.

None of these appliances is going to run a full 4- to 6-hour duty cycle. Try it. Even your stove doesn't run continuously when you turn it on. Do you even own an electric stove or water heater?

And distribution vs. transmission is not a big difference for my argument. It cannot now handle the load.

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