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Comment Re:How long will it last though? (Score 2) 168

What is 'staying power'? In this context, I don't think it implies that 10 years down the line this game will still be playing this game. But it will certainly still be popular in a few months or even a few years. It's up to Nintendo (and what the markets are betting on) to capitalize on this success and turn it into a resurgence of everything Pokemon (trading cards, stuffed animals, TV show, and follow-up games)

Comment Re:I don't buy it (Score 1) 365

The gear selector was not designed by some dudes 100 years ago. The automatic transmission is much newer, and there were many iterative designs through the years which ultimately landed in the familiar P-RNDL console mounted selector that you think has always existed. The design converged on this because manufacturers repeatedly took the best elements of a design and moved it forward. The same reason why all cars have round steering wheels, column mounted switches, and gas tank fillers on the right or left rear quarter panel.

Comment Re:The shifter is always in the same position (Score 1) 365

Should we require manual chokes and timing advance, as well? The transmission is just one more thing in an automobile that used to require manual operation but through technology, the function has been automated. The only difference between it and other items is that many people (myself included) feel that the act of rowing your own gears is part of the driving pleasure, so the option do so has remained. But the requirement for a multi ratio transmission is only a necessity of the nature of an internal combustion engine and it's torque curve.

Comment Re: The shifter is always in the same position (Score 1) 365

MT don't force you to use the parking brake. I've met a few drivers of MT's from flat states that never used the parking brake. And with a manual transmission, you are more engaged in the driving experience. It has become such an 'automatic' activity for me, it requires little more thought than breathing.

Comment Re:Over the MPAA's dead body (Score 2) 83

...which I have no problem with on a subscription service. I am paying a low fee for the temporary ability to view a large catalog on-demand. I don't have an issue with DRM in this case, except when it interferes with my ability to watch such as with data caps, or when I'm on a poor/no network area (airplane). This addresses those issues. Where I don't accept the DRM is when I 'buy' a digital copy of a movie. If I am dependent on the distributor to affirm my privilege to watch the movie in a month, year, 20 years, etc, then I don't own it.

Comment Re:Really? (Score 5, Interesting) 596

I did have an issue with an Audi several years ago. My cruise control would periodically turn itself on. They checked the computer, and it was reading occasional faults in the cruise control switch, so they replaced it. The problem continued. Sometimes over bumps, but also sometimes when I would turn on my turn signal. The turn signal and cruise control switches were both stalks on the left side of the column. The dealer read the codes again, and again said the cruise control switch was reporting faults and wanted to change it again. When I protested, and pointed out that it would turn on when I turned on my turn signal, they assumed that I was mistaking the two stalks. (to which point I asked them to investigate why my turn signal was turning on when I activated my cruise control...) It was only after the service manager finally driving it around and being able to duplicate the issue that they believed me. They ultimately replaced the control module in the steering column, which contained both switches, which solved the problem. Not saying that the brakes and gas pedal go into the same control module, but I can certainly see a case where the control module has a fault which is reading the wrong input.

Comment Re:No one hurt . (Score 2) 596

I drive manuals, too. But they do have their problems in this type of situation. I had a friend who was rear-ended by a manual driver, twice. A driver first hit the clutch, but missed the brake and rolled (at a rather high speed) into him. Then, after the hit and rebound, her foot came off the clutch, at which point the engage engaged again, and lurched her back into him.

Comment The flaw is the basis of his argument (Score 1) 951

If we are a simulation, then we aren't bound by the rules and laws of the 'physical' universe in which we were created. So the fact that computing power has progressed so rapidly in OUR world serves as no evidence that the same level of progress is possible in the REAL world, so you can't use our advancement as proof for anything.

Comment Re:This is why the NHTSA is worthless (Score 1) 123

NHTSA estimates that airbags save about 600 lives per year. http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/p... Even if they are off by an order of magnitude, the number of deaths from faulty airbags pales in comparison. Sucks if you were one of the 10 or so deaths from what would have been a minor accident, but it's similar to vaccines. Millions of lives have been saved from vaccines, but if you are one of the rare people who has a serious reaction to a vaccine.

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