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Game Gear and Sega Nomad.

Game Gear had a more advanced screen and color options than the Gameboy Color 8 years prior (1990 vs. 1998), a backlight 13 years prior to the GBA SP (2003), and the landscape form factor that nearly every system since the GBA has used. It even had a TV Tuner attachment, and an adapter to play Master System games.

It also eats 6 batteries in about 2 hours, actually rendering some longer games nearly unbeatable, as well as requiring a bag to carry around, whereas Gameboys fit in large pockets. The Game Gear was ambitious, but probably too ambitious for its own good.

The Sega Nomad has all that, plus it's a home/portable console in 1995, over 20 years before the Switch. Same caveats apply as the Game Gear.

PirateBear  ·  679 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: What's the best weather app?

I'm going to join the chorus of Weather Underground, and I also use Storm by WU in conjunction with WU. Storm provides a nice interface for watching radar, tracking storm cells, and following watches/warnings. And you can jump straight into a location-based radar without a lot of menus or scrolling. It also can do notifications for lightning and rain near you. If you live somewhere that strong storms are a fact of life, Storm is an excellent secondary weather app.

I was once scared to death of strong storms and drilling into radar and how storms move and form helps me get over it.

PirateBear  ·  683 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: ‘King of Kong’ Star Stripped of High Scores, Banned From Competition

- This is what turned me on to the ballad of Billy Mitchell.

Saddest thing is he is actually an extremely talented player that held the record for 18 years and could still compete for it now had he not tried to pass off MAME runs as real hardware. Glad this vindicates Steve Wiebe after all the shit Twin Galaxies put him through though.

PirateBear  ·  689 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: New desktop is en route - what have I missed the last few years?

Siege has a steep learning curve, but the destruction and strategy involved sets it apart from anything else out there. It take practice and time to do anything cool, but it is so satisfying to pull off a victory you shouldn't have. Watch a site called isthereanydeal for a sale of you're unsure, don't buy the Starter Edition any more.

For Dolphin, PCSX2, and I think RPCS3 (experimental PS3 emulator) processor power matters more than graphics card, but a current i5 should run the first two well enough.

PirateBear  ·  689 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: New desktop is en route - what have I missed the last few years?

Depends on what you like:

I've put 300+ hours in Rainbow Six: Siege over the last two years, and it is a fantastic choice if you enjoy extremely intense, competitive shooters.

Cities Skylines is another fantastic choice if you like city builders.

Dolphin Emulator will now probably be able to run GameCube games at full speed at 1080/1440 enhanced resolutions.

PirateBear  ·  704 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: How Congress Censored the Internet

As of today, Craigslist's Personals sections are the first explicit victim of SESTA. They shut it down with an explicit message saying they can't risk the liability of leaving it open.

PirateBear  ·  704 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: How Congress Censored the Internet

Congress ignored victim groups that said that this threatened investigations into sex traffickers, ignored the DOJ saying that it will harm investigations and is likely unconstitutional (at least in part), ignored the pre-CDA 230 rulings that said websites were liable for content if they moderated content, and proceeded to pass this shitshow anyway.

Really hope someone goes after Facebook, Twitter, and Google with this. Either there will be a push to repeal it if it starts affecting bottom lines or the courts will defang it based on highly paid corporate attorneys' arguments. Especially because Facebook was promoting child abuse searches days ago: https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20180316/17330139439/did-facebook-violate-sesta-promoting-child-abuse-videos.shtml

PirateBear  ·  704 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Hours After FOSTA Passes, Reddit Bans 'Escorts' and 'SugarDaddy' Communities

I saw their new rules that were implemented hastily following the Parkland shooting, and it banned a bunch of things including drug and alcohol sales, gun sales, and "paid services involving physical sexual contact". SESTA might have played a role in that entry, but prostitution is more illegal than most things on the list. They also banned a dark web market and I think a gun board or two.

Don't get me wrong SESTA is a shitshow and I hope the courts defang it to the best of their ability, but the timing is likely coincidental.

PirateBear  ·  803 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Net Neutrality repealed. Quick, someone smart, explain the consequences!

    1) Now what?

Not much immediately. I would expect a lawsuit challenging the rule change to be filed by the end of the day, possibly with a request for an injunction to preserve the current rules that are in place. Even if that injunction isn't granted, there are far too many public eyes on the issue right now for Comcast et al. to do much of anything too anti-competitive. Especially seeing as they've been wiggling NN violations within the current rules for years now anyway (Comcast's usage caps).

Down the road, ISPs might start discriminating against traffic, specifically against competing content like Neflix and YouTube. ISPs purposely allowing interconnection hubs to clog up and slow Netflix was the catalyst for implementing Net Neutrality rules. Outright blocking or paywalling sites is unlikely considering the amount of public scrutiny on the issue right now.

    3) What are the foreseeable consequence through ISP's newfound unregulated consumer control and monopoly?

Site blocking is unlikely ever since it would give the rhetorical equivalent of a nuke to NN supporters. The slowing of competing services is almost a given unless the service pays the ISP. I don't think your going to see paid fast lanes on the consumer side, at least for some time. Most of this is going to take place between Google/Netflix/etc and ISPs playing interconnectivity games. Think of the games of chicken that Dish Network and cable channels play once or twice a year over rates and package composition.

    4) What else should I know about this decision?

The fight's not over. There is now going to be a big court fight over whether the landscape of US broadband has changed enough to justify such a massive rule change. The case itself is probably going to be pretty interesting when the FCC has explain why they ignored the massive fraud that took place in the commenting process, Freedom of Information Act requests, requests for information from state Attorney Generals regarding said fraud, and why the FCC ignored organic comments that were 99.7% pro-NN. The courts have already ruled in favor of net neutrality before and none of the circumstances leading up to these rulings have changed.

Then there's congress. Congress can throw out the FCC's new rule right now. They also could codify Net Neutrality into law. A lot of people have believed for a while that the whole show with the FCC was to get congress to "settle" the NN debate by codifying rules into law, but the problem with this is that congress is so flush with ISP cash that there is a real possibility that any rules they codify into law will be so filled with loopholes as to be useless. It has happened before with the FCC's original NN rules that Verizon got the courts to throw out.

This is why it is still important to contact your representatives. Best case is they actually listen and we get a decent Net Neutrality law that can't be thrown out easily and the worst is that it makes the public's voice unavoidable when they sell out the internet to large ISPs. Don't stop there either, contact anyone that will be challenging them in 2018 or 2020 and get them on the record supporting meaningful Net Neutrality rules to put pressure on the incumbent. Keep doing this every election cycle until we get meaningful rules protecting the internet. Net Neutrality is nearly universally supported by every political tribe in this day of extremely divisive politics and supporting it scores free points for nearly any representative.