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Comment Re:Winner (Score 1) 195

This isn't about the ability to play classic games. This is about the ability to easily play classic games. With a Raspberry Pi, emulators, etc., you have to do a lot more to make it work. I'm sure it can be done fairly easily, but people have to do the research, buy the components, load it all together, and troubleshoot any problems. You and I may enjoy doing that, but some people just want to plug it in and play.

Comment Re:Winner (Score 1) 195

Games are automatically saved at certain points allowing resuming after power off: Win

While I agree with the rest of your points, I have to disagree with this one. I find the all-or-nothing approach of most NES games to be preferable. Games like Super Mario Bros. got it right with the ability to have extra lives, but forcing you to start from the very beginning if you run out. The ability to keep reloading a save state until you finally get past a certain challenge spoils the achievement, IMO. By making you start from the very beginning, it also forces you to take a break from beating your head against the same wall.

Of course, this is just my opinion, and how you wish to play your games is perfectly valid.

Comment Re:Why do you need an ISP at all, then? (Score 3, Interesting) 184

I have to admit ignorance in this as well. I know of 3 things which are required to connect a home to the internet.

1. Last mile, connecting the users to the network
2. Edge interconnect, which routes traffic to/from end users and the backbone
3. Backbone, which connects all the ISPs

1 and 2 constitute what we colloquially refer to as the ISP. If 1 is a municipal fiber network, then that means an ISP is just an interconnect between the fiber network and the backbone?

Comment Re:Video is often the worst way to convey informat (Score 4, Interesting) 244

Furthermore, phone calls are closer to video than text. We had audio phone conversations before we had instant text communication in everyone's hands, and text communication caught on like wildfire as an easier, less intrusive thing to do.

I think the asynchronous nature of text is a bigger contributing factor to it's success than how unobtrusive it is. (reposted because I wasn't logged in the first time)

Comment Re:If we had flying cars... (Score 1) 951

Cars do fly. The first flying car was made 17 years after the first car. And the first space car was made 58 years after that. For whatever reason, the stewards of the English language decided to call these things aircraft and spacecraft rather than flying cars and space cars.

I'd like to bolster your argument by pointing out that the word 'car' is a shortened form of the word 'carriage.' A carriage is a device that moves something from one place to another. Therefore, an automobile, airplane, watercraft, and spacecraft are all cars.

Comment Similar problem as abortion (Score 1) 242

The ethical problem with chimeras is similar to the one with abortion. How do we define a 'person?' We have the same DNA as a lot of other life forms. As it is, we can use a pig heart as a temporary replacement for a human heart. Do we define a person based on one's ability to reproduce? A person and a sheep can't reproduce with one another, or we'd have seen plenty of chimeras already, based on the rumors I've heard about farmers in various parts of the world. However, plenty of people are unable to reproduce with certain members of the opposite sex, or at all. Does that disqualify them from being a person? The more we discover about our natural world, and the more we learn to tinker with its many mechanisms, the more we blur the line between us and everything else.

Many people claim that we are moral actors, and therefore are held to higher standards than animals. Men shouldn't kill a rival male, take his mate, and slaughter his children, but some animals do that. Men should also refrain from forcing copulation on a woman, but some animals do that. If we mix human DNA with other animals, at what point do we start expecting lions to be moral actors? At what point do we stop expecting humans to be moral actors? I don't have any answers. Clearly there are benefits to be had here, just as their are benefits to researching embryonic stem cells. At the same time, we need to consider the wider impacts this will have on our society, culture, and sense of self.

Comment Where do we draw the line? (Score 1) 496

I wonder where we draw the line for responsibility when encouraging reckless behavior. If someone threatens to murder another person's family if they don't perform some reckless act, then the one making the threats clearly bears most of the responsibility. Youtube creates an environment for people to get attention by showing off their reckless behavior, thus encouraging it. However, I don't think it's specific enough in the behavior it encourages, and therefore isn't responsible for it. Snapchat's speed overlay seems to be a strong enough, and specific enough of an encouragement that it's largely responsible for the ensuing recklessness. At the very least, I would say that it's as responsible for the behavior as a person directly 'daring' another to go faster, and mocking them for being a coward if they don't do it. Where do you think we should draw the line for encouraging such behaviors?

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