Nintendo is the only one I know of where this is even possible, and that's only through the virtual console stuff. If you're looking to replay your Atari classics, you've got two options that I see: either already own a working legacy console and buy the games from some secondhand source (such as eBay), or download an emulator and a ROM and work with it that way. Neither option gives Atari or its related companies any extra money.
I wouldn't have a single problem with the current business mentality towards copyright on games if the companies in question actually still sold the games. For a reasonable price of course, but for an awesome classic that could be a fairly high value of "reasonable". This is why I love Good Old Games and what they do...
These are car dealerships, dentist's offices, etcetera. And there's not a damn thing I can do about it. I sure wish these nationwide companies would update their software...
More international warez! And malware!
I don't know if this deserves to be negative - I had to do a really dumb malware removal on a POS system, and the majority of the trouble was coming from software that was branded Baidu. Here in the middle of the great plains, at a Mexican Restaraunt.
It had several hidden portions that hijacked the browser, too, not to mention popup ads. Most cleanup tools didn't work on it, either - we ended up getting down and dirty with it and removing things manually as we discovered them.
I don't really know why I mention this, apart from to say that I dislike Baidu and I'm not at all surprised at any accusation of them being malware-ridden.
Gotta love KSP! I should look into modding in a tiny body like a comet just to test with. Someone on Reddit used Gilly as a comparable body for a "test run".
Besides, that AC could very well be like me: relatively young. I was 14 ten years ago. I didn't start playing with Linux and the like until maybe 2006, but that doesn't mean I can't feel slightly proud that I eventually figured it out, even if it's 2013.
I drive a 2003 Mustang. Rear wheel drive, not particularly heavy. Even with 250 extra pounds of icemelt bags in the trunk, it takes me an extra 5-10 seconds of feathering the gas to get moving on icy roads, and I have to start slowing down about 50 feet earlier than when it's dry.
Add to this that, during the winter, only the 4 or 5 major artery roads are ever satisfactorily cleared (and not due to plows, but due to the amount of traffic they get), sand is rarely re-applied to the intersections once it gets swept away by traffic, and it takes the city about 3 days after it stops snowing to actually start clearing the snow out in the first place.
Anyway, this morning's short drive to work is a perfect example. It was 31F yesterday - surprisingly warm, enough so that some of the snow and ice melted in the sun. Then it dropped back to 0F overnight, freezing the wet roads. This morning we had a thin-but-troublesome layer of ice pretty much everywhere. If I was less than 50 feet out of an intersection, even going slow, and the light turned yellow....if I hit the brakes, I'd end up in the middle of the cross street. Red light cameras here would wreak havoc on people who can't help that they can't stop in time.
Not as much now as it did when it was new, sure, but I still find stuff I like by using their algorithm.
(Granted, this is Pandora piped through Elpis, so I don't have ads or "are you there" confirmations or anything...)
I suppose you could have a separate, air-cooled storage bay, but that would introduce new exciting engineering difficulties...
(To be absolutely fair, I imagine something like this is going to cost a bit, and if you are spending that much already you might as well be springing for solid state storage...)
Your architects are right, though, in that "distance" is a good way to put it. It also depends on how your company is laid out - VPN links between offices? point-to-point T1? Etc...
Nothing quite like opening up MMC, suddenly finding you can't click anything, and having to walk the customer through how to look at event logs. I wish I knew who to blame.