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  • oak

    metric vs. imperial?

  • dustin

    fast zombies vs. slow zombies? nice list evan andrews

  • joshcf1

    console wars? even though they are annoying.

  • joshcf1

    console wars? even though they are annoying as f**k

  • @Hermitbiker

    … thanks for taking the time to create this fine article about the Top 10 Format Wars, it needed to be done !!

  • foohy

    Countries that fully use Imperial units:
    U.S.A.

    Countries that fully use Metric units:
    …pretty much everywhere else.

    • Vlad

      This is true only when the official standards are considered. Unfortunately, common people and often many businesses will continue to use obsolete standards long after they are abolished. Case in point, Canada – a fully metric/decimal country, but you’d be hard pressed to find anyone who’ll know their weight in Kg or height in cm. About the only measure that caught on is road distances in Km and speed in Km/h, and that’s because all the road signs, speedometers, maps, etc. were changed by law.

      The only way to switch the systems completely and reasonably fast is to make all official mention (packaging, advertising, etc.) of the old measures illegal after a certain grace period. It may sound harsh, but I’ve seen it work. For example, you can state the atmospheric pressure in both millibars and mmHg on TV for a period of two years, after which every mention of mmHg will be subject to a stiff fine. It’s amazing how fast everyone got used to it.

  • SMF

    Nice list. Very interesting!

  • Mark

    “With 8-track, users could skip forward to individual songs with the touch of a button—a feature that wouldn’t appear elsewhere until compact discs came about in the 80s”

    Uh, no. This is wrong. You could switch to a different track from a total of four, usually ending up in the middle of another song, and some players had a fast forward feature (although calling it fast was a bit of a stretch). However you most certainly could not skip to individual songs.

  • Robert Gray

    AC vs. DC “Not only that, but using a transformer let AC current transmit at much faster speeds, allowing for fewer power plants to serve larger areas.” That is neither true nor does it make any sense.

  • RaulJones

    “most Mac computers are now even capable of running on the Windows platform.”
    ************
    And how many Windows-based computers run Mac OS?

    • J

      The only thing stopping PC’s from running Mac OS is Apple writing drivers.

      The only thing stopping Mac’s from running Windows properly and efficiently is Apple’s reluctance to provide top shelf driver support.

      I say this as I type this comment on a MacBook.

  • Vlad

    “…using a transformer let AC current transmit at much faster speeds”

    BEEP, WRONG! The right sentence here would be: …using transformers allows AC current to be transmitted with much less loss over long distances as compared to DC.

    It is commonly said that a basement DC generation station of considerable size would be necessary just to light up a 100W bulb at the top of the Empire State Building. Edison’s system required a power plant every few miles, lest the losses over the transmission lines would make the distribution practically impossible.

    High voltage direct current (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High-voltage_direct_current) is used today for long distance point-to-point power transfers.

  • Vlad

    “… but using a transformer let AC current transmit at much faster speeds, allowing for fewer power plants to serve larger areas.”

    BEEP, WRONG! Speed of transmission is the same in any case, transmission losses are not. Using transformers allows AC to be transmitted with less electrical loss over distance. That translates into much thinner conductors over much longer distances. With DC, you needed a power source every few city blocks, which usually necessitates fossil fuel powered generators. Imagine New York City today with a smoke stack every few blocks, as opposed to a hydro-electric power plant hundreds of miles away.

    About the only place you will see large scale use of DC power is in transportation, such as trolley cars. Even there, the DC substations are located every two miles or so because even at 600 or 1200 volts, it takes very fat and expensive wiring to avoid huge losses.

    High voltage DC transmission is used for bulk point-to-point transfer of electricity and is not suitable for transfer to ens users in a grid system because of the high cost and complexity of transmission equipment. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High-voltage_direct_current

  • Douglas G

    DIVX wasn’t a disc format it’s a file format like avi/mpeg/xvid/ogg vorbis

    • Mark

      DIVX was indeed a disc format, it has nothing to do with the DivX codec used today.

    • POPCANA

      HA! In your face!!

  • Golden age of computers

    Amiga vs Atari.

    Amiga FTW.

    • J

      Indeed.

  • Zach Gillette

    What did we learn? Thomas Edison didn’t like being wrong.

  • POPCANA

    AM radio vs FM radio was meant for this list.

    • J

      AM can transmit at longer distance with less sound quality. FM transmits at a shorter distance with much better fidelity. Given the same power.

      They serve two different purposes, there’s no format war.

  • eamon horahan

    how about the color tv war of the early 1950s? cbs mechanical spinning disc color vs rca/nbc’s all electronic COMPATIBLE system… who eventually won It all in 1953? which became known the world over as NTSC color…. which served us quite well…. from 1953 until 2009….. until it was shut down to go to digital…. in june 2009. That war became a bit nasty.

  • eamon horahan

    so…… healthy competition…. or unhealthy competition…. makes technology happen much,much faster than would happen otherwise. it makes things previously thought unattainable a reality….. a spirit that America ignited around the world…. and used to be our divine privilege….. and a spirit that we sure could use again in these uncertain times. so say what you like about capitalism….. it made all the things we take for granted today possible…. lets stop taking things for granted and embrace enterpreners…. the very ESSENCE of our FUTURE!!!!