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Comment Re:Let me get this right. (Score 1) 151

Most things with CD tried to be backwards compatibility, most things with cartridges not so much.

That's not really accurate. Sure the Playstation line was Backwards compatible up until half way through the PS3's life span but none of the Sega Disc based consoles were BC. However Sega's Genesis could play Master system games with the appropriate adapter. (the adapter was really only there for the slot to accept the cartridges). Also the Atari 5200 and 7800 could play 2600 games. The gameboy's were almost all backwards compatible through that entire lineage and now the DSs are are almost all backward compatible through their lineage. And those are all cart based. The Wii could play GC games but the WiiU could play Wii games but NOT GC games. All of Microsoft's consoles were only semi-backwards compatible since it's really just emulation and support was added on a game by game basis. Then you have other weird stuff like the Super Nintendo could play Game Boy games and the GameCube could play GameBoy Advanced games.

My point being that there's no general rule when it comes to this stuff, the compatibility from generation to generation is inconsistent since support just comes down to a cost-benefit analysis for whoever made the console.

Comment Re:The same skills everyone else needs, IMO .... (Score 1) 302

This, 1000x THIS. Realistically if you know how to search and do research you can find the information you need to do whatever else it is that you're trying to do. This has been true since before computers but now this is primarily an electronic task. knowing how to effectively use a search engine is one aspect but to goes beyond that into being able to quickly identify which resources are useful or not useful or how to use information collected from one search to aid in narrowing down your next search.

Comment Re:Tabs vs Spaces (Score 1) 428

I used to feel exactly the way you do, but I've read a few arguments that changed my mind and led me to switch to spaces (typically whatever IDE I'm using is setup such that when I push the tab key it inserts spaces instead so there was really no significant change to how I do things). I don't recall the exact articles that changed my mind but a good break down of why you might choose one over the other can be found here.

Comment Re:Here's what happened (Score 5, Insightful) 153

The final nail in the coffin is that SEGA's first party development teams were just kind of bad at their jobs.

I beg to differ, Segas 1st party titles during the Dreamcast era were at the top of their game and produced titles and franchises that are STILL making them money re-selling on different platforms as many of them have become cult-classics. Crazy Taxi, House of the Dead 2, Jet Set Radio, Panzer Dragoon, Virtual On OT, Space Channel 5, Chu Chu Rocket, Shenmue, etc. Even their flagship driving game Metropolis Street Racer when on to spawn 4 sequels in the Form of Project Gotham Racing and was the Xbox's flagship driving game until Microsoft introduced Forza.

The Sonic games released on the Dreamcast were actually rated fairly well and fairly well received by fans. Most consider them to be the first 3D Sonic titles made by Sega that didn't suck.
Sonic Adventure on GameRankings scores an 86:
Sonic Adventure 2 scores an 89 on MetaCritic:

Comment Re:Not so sure about this... (Score 1) 252

I wouldn't call ethanol "a mediocre fuel". Lots of people who are into performance tuning cars are going out of their way to run E85 because it's better than normal fuel by most measures. I'd love to run it just for the performance benefits but sadly there isn't a station in my state that sells the stuff.

Comment Re:Already lost the "complete freedom" argument... (Score 1) 129

your example of car modifications is bad because:
1. Many MANY people already heavily modify their cars and historically this has not been problematic to the safety of other drivers or pedestrians.
2. There are already safegards for this in place such as annual safety and emissions inspectsion. Granted not every state requires this, but I see nothing wrong with a law that states "your car must meet these safety parameter to be driven on public roads". which could include (an in many states already does include) a sanity check on the engine control module.

Comment Party Games (Score 1) 382

I have a full-sized Dance Dance Revolution machine, always a hit at parties. If you don't have the space then Rock Band is a good party game too, basically karaoke + plastic instruments for the introverts. Other video games I like at parties are You Don't Know Jack and Typing of the Dead (for Sega Dreamcast as it supports 2 players) and Wii Sports. For Board games Apples to Apples and Cards Against humanity are popular party games but I find that The Resistance is a lot more fun once A2A and CAH have been played to death.

Comment Re:In a nutshelll (Score 1) 304

CGP Grey is all about presenting factual well-researched information about a topic, going so far as to speculate which jobs might be replaced by bots is in and of itself a substantial step beyond what he typically presents in his videos. I think proposing his own solutions to a problem that hasn't happened yet would turn an interesting presentation of information into something with an agenda.

I find it interesting that people see the video as fear-mongering since it's presented very neutral as to the good or bad that will come of the bot based revolution, it's left as an exercise for the user because... who is he to plan our future, he's merely the messenger.

Comment Re:Tesla (Score 4, Informative) 394

That's not really an intentional "feature" in Automatics... it just happens to be a design quirk created by Torque Converters... Since there is no physical 100% disconnect between the engine and transmission (like there is in a stick-shift with the clutch depressed) the car generates enough torque at idle that, unless you're physically braking the car, the torque "seepage" through the converter will result in your car creeping forward.

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