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Nice!  I just imported a cart of Glory of Heracles IV, too!  Congrats on finishing this up!

ROM Hacking Discussion / Re: Street Fighter Alpha 2 SNES decompressed?
« on: April 21, 2016, 12:20:30 pm »
I'd definitely be interested in seeing this happen, too.  I've still got my legit cart, but every extra game that works on the SD2SNES makes me smile.  :)

As far as the pause, originally I'd thought it was the S-DD1, but then realized that I'd seen other games have that long-ish pause as well, and it's always associated with the loading of a new music track and whatnot.  So yeah, it won't solve that particular issue.

General Discussion / Re: Politicians playing hardball
« on: January 08, 2016, 07:04:45 pm »
I'd take Trump over Sanders, too, but there are areas where they are much closer policy-wise than one would think (and indeed, closer than I find preferable).  Trump and Sanders aren't the ideological ends of the spectrum (if we adhere to the "normal" left-right dichotomy), it's Cruz and Sanders.  Trump befuddles with his support among both sides of the aisle.  I found this article to be a fascinating read.

I don't think Trump gets the nomination.  I think, even if he did manage to get in position for it, the GOP leadership would have a brokered convention and pick someone like Rubio.  This opens the door for Trump to run third-party, but I honestly, genuinely believe that the Republican Party would rather see Hillary Clinton win the White House than have Trump (or potentially Cruz) as their representative.

There is no such an histeria, actually the majority of people do not care, just like you seem to don't. So you're in the majourity, no need to complain.
I'm not sure if "don't care" is a proper description, although it may sound that way.  It's more that I'm skeptical that anything we propose will actually do anything approaching significant.  Most scientists admit as much.
I am no specialist, but the construction of a thermomether is rather simple, and allows easy records at least as accurate than half a °C. Todays records are certainly more accurate than those of the late 1800s, as those were made with simpler technology, I belive today's electronic thermometers have an accuracy close to 0.1°C, and are more accurate than the traditional ones using mercury.

I do not see any reason to question their accuracy. Sorry but if you're going to deny the global warming you'll have to look somewhere else than the thermomether's accuracy.
Ah, sorry, I didn't make myself entirely clear on that statement.  I don't question the accuracy of the thermometers themselves.  It's more the placement of the thermometers.  There are quite a few instances of weather stations that are improperly installed, where they are near cooling/heating systems that affect readings, or are not isolated properly from heat island effects in cities.  These affect the readings considerably, and have to be accounted for.

No. I am myself not knowledgeable about that, however the serious scientific communality is almost unanimous about that. Anyone who appear to be dissident is probably sold to a lobby of petroleum, automobile, or whathever companies and is not serious about his research.

It doesn't matter what you would like to be true or false. Maybe the idea to fight against emissions is strongly against our liberal values, and that as such we are inclined to say global warming either doesn't happen/is a conspirational or that is is natural, just because we would like that to be true, because it would be compatible with our values.

Unfortunately, is is not about what we would like to be true, but about the raw, crude truth that comes from independent scientific research. Global warming is without an ounce of doubt caused by human emissions due to industrializations, and the warming is several orders of magnitudes faster than the natural global warmings and coolings that happened in the past.
They are indeed nearly unanimous, but the scientific community has been nearly unanimous many times in the past and been wrong.  Simple consensus is not convincing enough to me.

I'm also quite intrigued that you admit that scientists can be effectively bought by special interests.  This is what I contend happens with government grants.  As I mentioned earlier, many calls for proposals mandate the inclusion of a climate change angle to the research.  Beyond that, if there is no problem to be solved, then the grant money stops flowing.  As sad as it is, scientists are not immune from political and economic pressure.

To be clear, I don't deny climate change.  If there truly is a warming trend (which has been on "pause" for 18 years, although again, drawing conclusions from very limited data), it's not something I would deny.  I question the root cause of the climate change.  The data tying climate change to human behavior is tenuous at best.  Much of the research concentrates on CO2 as a greenhouse gas causing said warming.  However, CO2 has very little "greenhouse" capability, and furthermore is a lagging indicator of temperature, not leading.  CO2 levels increase as temperature increases, and not vice versa.
This is controversial, but I disagree. It is true we made better efforts for energy efficiency, but similarly, those efforts are destroyed by the continuing exponential growth of energy spending. The amount of both car and plane travel is literally exponentially exploding in "the west", even though this is the most major source of emissions.

Exemple : Companies are prompt to sell new fidges which are 10% more efficient in energy, however they make this new fridge in China (instead of making it in the country where it will be sold), and make it travel all aroround the world at least once. Then they deigns the fridge to have a life span of 5-10 years, instead of 50 years like the old fridges were. They sell it for much less expensive than they used to do, in order to sell more fridges. They encourage people to switch to a new fridge and throw away an old, fully functional fridge. They then use that money to hire mangers and whatever which will have international carreers and will constantly travel between USA, Europe and China by plane.

Result : The fridge itself is more efficient energetically, but overall the world's energy consumption is several orders of magnitude higher than it was before. If you kept your old, inefficient fridge, it would cost you more (as you spend paying electricity bill) but it would be the best for the environment: No travel plane of fridge part nor company managers, instead the company remains small and cannot pollute. Very ironical.

This is exactly why free market is fundamentally incompatible with ecology: Any ecological effort should minimize energy spending, no matter where or by who. Free market on the other hand should maximize profit and economical exchanges, which goes to pair with energy spending.

This is exactly what I'm criticising when I mention "pseudo-ecological solution that actually don't fix anything".

This kind of thing happen to everywhere, not only to the fridge industry. I name it, cars, phones, wifi-routers, etc, etc... it's exactly how I describe it above.Yes, but China and India (among other Asian countries) are major polluters because they mass-produce low quality and short-lifespan products exported to 1st world countries. It's basically importing products and exporting pollution, instead of fixing the real problem.
Interestingly enough, the reason fridges don't last as long is mostly tied to the refrigerant used.  That change was made for environmental reasons.  Although yes, there are manufacturing differences as well.  I do question the numbers that say it makes an orders-of-magnitude difference, however, in terms of emissions.  I'd be very interested in that data.

I personally would argue that the proper response as far as economics and the environment is a balance.  Absolute minimization of emissions brings significant costs with it.  You run into diminishing returns.  You can implement policies that eliminate the majority of emissions for a reasonable cost-to-benefit ratio, but achieving that last "one percent" requires measures that are astoundingly cost-prohibitive with little-to-no appreciable gain.  If we're going to assume that anthropogenic climate change is the problem, then we need to be smart in how we fight it.  I also don't believe such a notion is antithetical to free-market economics, either.  Unless we're talking about a free market that is completely devoid of oversight and becomes an anarchic free-for-all, which is certainly not what we have now.

HAHAHA. Do you really expect India or China to become 1st world countries anytime soon. What foolish propaganda. Because a significant minority of those countries population managed to somehow become richer and live close to our standard doesn't mean the whole country is.
No, I don't, and I didn't intend to imply as such.  My point is that, until they do reach first-world levels or near to it, they will be resistant if not outright hostile to expensive environmental measures.  There is a reason they would not agree to any binding measures as far as climate change goes.  The recent agreement is effectively worthless, despite being hailed as a historic achievement.  I think people on both sides of this debate can likely admit that much.

I find your tone slightly interesting, but then again, I could just be doing a poor job describing my own point of view, so I'll let it slide.  ;)

Gaming Discussion / Re: Is Castlevania: Symphony of the Night overrated?
« on: January 07, 2016, 11:18:31 pm »
Nope.  Still great.  Sometimes familiarity breeds contempt, though.  We lose sight of its greatness.  :)

Aye, records start that long ago, I just don't know how accurate they are.  Heck, I wonder how accurate our current readings are.

I do believe that the chase for grant money has certainly encouraged a climate change angle to many papers that would otherwise not do so.  I've been involved in some grant proposals myself that call for this, and not subscribing to anthropogenic global warming is a good way to get ignored entirely, regardless of what the facts say.  There's enough conflicting data, at least to me, that we can't draw a decisive conclusion that climate change is caused by us...  which is also why I'd rather not see economies destroyed in the process of chasing what would be minimal or no gains even as admitted by climate scientists.

Now, you won't hear me arguing against being a good steward of what we've been entrusted.  But we (the "West", as it were) are already putting the proper measures in play to limit our emissions on many fronts.  Indeed, the heavy polluters right now are China and India, and it will likely remain so until they manage to improve their living conditions for the majority of their people significantly.

My opinion of most of the hysteria regarding global warming, and something I said some years ago:  "Find an issue that you can use to sell your utopian fantasy, and run with it."  Much of this is more rooted in using the specter of climate change to effect massive political and socioeconomic change.

We are using perhaps fifty years of somewhat-solid data to try to predict cycles of thousands and tens of thousands of years.  If anything, I'd bet on a cooling period more than warming in our future, given that the current interglacial period has been quite long in comparison to previous interglacial periods.  How do we decide what is "normal"?

Gaming Discussion / Re: Suikoden 2 on PSN
« on: December 12, 2014, 08:43:28 pm »
I got my copy back in the day, used at a Software Etc.  Brother and I debated, he says "what if we never see it again", and we buy it.  Spectacular purchase in hindsight.  :)

Have they fixed it up to work on PSP again?  According to someone on another forum, it's supposed to work on there.

Speaking of scarcity, the one that shocked me was how much a complete, mint copy of TMNT: Tournament Fighters for NES goes for now.  $220 - $300?  Seriously?  Man, glad I held on to mine.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Old games you wish would get updated re-releases
« on: November 25, 2014, 10:50:58 pm »
I'm not sure it was so much random as it was dependent on how much stuck on top of an enemy you were.  If you got hung up on them, it drained your meter like crazy, but if you hit it early and bounce off, it just consumes a little bit.  Chances are the only place you're going to use it is the Shadow Man fight, and his unpredictability is what leads to all the insane energy usage, especially if you're trying to get him off of you!

I definitely think a remake of Legacy of Darkness could be phenomenal.  There's a pretty good game in there, if you can get past the super-goofy controls.

I'm trying to think of fun-but-flawed games that I'd like to see fixed up.  I keep thinking about Black Sigil, but that really just needs bug fixes and a rebalance.  Well, an updated re-release would fix that, so I'll roll with that!

Gaming Discussion / Re: Did anyone play Pier Solar
« on: October 17, 2014, 11:52:19 am »
I haven't seen much mention of it in the reviews I've read, but did they fix up inventory management any?  That was one of my primary gripes in the original version.  You were always having to get rid of stuff, and as far as I'm aware there was nowhere to stash things.  So basically, you'd get a ton of unique healing items that don't stack, and those are the ones you'd generally throw away to hang on to accessories.  Not that most of the accessories were any good compared to the simple elemental guards, but there ya go.

Front Page News / Re: ROM Hacks: Legend of Link 1.2 Released
« on: September 30, 2014, 12:21:50 pm »
Repros are just a part of the deal these days.  Not to mention there are flash carts and whatnot.  In fact, the latter is a good reason to try to make sure your work will work on real hardware.  I really like playing on the real system.  I haven't bit on a NES flash cart yet, although I've been tempted in the past.  I've got a SD2SNES, and I definitely love playing stuff on there, and am disappointed when things don't work properly.

Also, if you chain your work to a particular emulator, you're setting up for your work to potentially not work in the future as the authors try to improve the accuracy of emulation.

As to what I.S.T. said, you've got emulators like Nestopia that are quite accurate.  I generally have to keep stuff like FCE Ultra around to run hacks that don't behave on Nestopia because of the increased accuracy.

Is this the same engine as WCW Wrestling?  Looks really similar!

If I had more time, I'd definitely jump on board.  As it is, I'm really going to have to think about it.  I don't want to mess those guys up if I can't produce.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Nintendo's New 3DS
« on: September 03, 2014, 03:24:49 pm »
I did my transfer right there in the store.  Twice, even!  I got a 3DS XL, and returned since it had a dead pixel right smack in the middle of the screen.

Nintendo is clearly trying to generate some extra cash flow.  I don't see this as any different from the Wii Fit stuff, and I'll bet you they didn't sink a whole lot of time and money into the development of that.  Finding a niche product to keep you tickin' while your other products are floundering isn't a bad move.

I don't see any of this as a new direction at all.  It's definitely not a simple "either games or fitness" proposition.  I have no doubt we'll be playing Mario and Zelda and whatnot for quite a few years to come.

I gave this a shot, and yeah, it is indeed a really weird game.  Lots of different things going on.  It looks really pretty, though.  ;)  I shouldn't have booted up right before bed, though, my eyes were glazing over a bit with all the tutorial stuff.  :P

Awesome, gave this a try last night.

Also, one quick thing, I think the ROM size given in the documentation is that for the headered ROM, and it should be an unheadered ROM that you patch.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Nintendo Admits Wii U Is A Flop? Interesting...
« on: February 02, 2014, 02:17:23 pm »
That was my thinking as well.  It's not so much the money, it's showing that, yes, we're taking this very seriously, and our own personal honor is at stake.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Nintendo Admits Wii U Is A Flop? Interesting...
« on: January 27, 2014, 12:39:34 pm »
I've definitely heard good things about the "transforming" d-pad.  I just can't bring myself to spend the money on it.  ;)  I've had like five 360 controllers for a while now, thanks to the local closeout / salvage store.  I've also got one of those Afterglow third-party controllers, and while the rest of it really isn't up to snuff (the analogs are a little looser, the triggers are also a bit sketch), the d-pad is quite excellent.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Nintendo Admits Wii U Is A Flop? Interesting...
« on: January 23, 2014, 03:59:25 pm »
Personally I was giggling in the "oh dear" manner.

That said I do consistently underestimate the position Nintendo has for quite a few people.

Oh, it was cheesy as all get-outs.  But at the same time...  yeah, Nintendo holds a lot of cachet for me.  So while I was outwardly cringing at the cheesy execution, my inner fanboy (such as it is) was happy as can be.  ;)

Isn't the d-pad on the GC controller basically the same size as the GBA one?  I'm guessing this is why I don't really have any problems with it.  I played a ton of Soul Calibur II on GC, and didn't have much trouble at all.  It's small, but it's pretty accurate, not the mushy mess that is a 360 controller, or the original XBOX controller (the Controller S was passable).

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