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Comment Re:Weird Al is the opposite (Score 1) 482

I saw his Friday show in Huntsville, AL. Some people around me were taking pictures and/or video occasionally during the show, but nothing distracting to me (since the backdrop was dark, their screens weren't particularly bright).

I don't get trying to video a significant part of a performance though, especially with a cell phone; just like some people on vacations, you end up looking at a small blurry screen instead of the actual event/place/whatever in front of you.

Comment Re:Political parties are private institutions (Score 3, Interesting) 338

While I agree with you, the "public" primaries are also there to keep our choices from being completely controlled by back-room deals.

I'd prefer to abolish party primaries and allow more open general election ballot access (although I don't think having 20+ people on the ballot for a single position is necessarily an improvement, so some legitimate signature minimums or something should exist). Go to a ranked voting system, where you can rank up to 3 candidates, and you rarely would need a run-off.

The Repubocrats and Demlicans would never allow that though. In my state, the Libertarian Party got to "major party" status for one election cycle (where their governor candidate was "featured" at the top and had the "vote party line" option); the R&D powerhouse quickly got the state laws changed to eliminate that competition as soon as possible. Anything other than politics and they'd be considered an illegal cartel and shut down for restraint of trade...

Comment Re:Vaporware car (Score 1) 270

Except they don't have a reputation of producing quality cars. After Consumer Reports gave such a glowing review, they pulled their recommendation. Surveys of owners of cars that had been on the road a bit caused CR to give it a "worse than average" reliability rating. Some of the issues were specific to Teslas (charging system failures, drivetrain problems) as well as normal issues (rattles, squeaks, leaks, door handles).

A company trying to rapidly ramp up production is bound to have more issues than before, at least for a while; if they can't get door handles working and sunroofs sealed now, what will happen when they're trying to satisfy an impatient public?

Comment Re:I fail to see the problem here (Score 4, Informative) 93

The FBI requested chat logs; that doesn't mean that Microsoft actually has them. Having seen subpoenas and such (guess the "and such") to ISPs/telcos before, they always request everything they can think of, but that's just the request. It is perfectly legal to reply with "the requested data is not available."

Comment Re:What do their friends play on? (Score 4, Insightful) 375

This. My gaming friends and I are not hard-core gamers, so we went with consoles. A couple of them have been on Xbox Live since the original Xbox first came out, so we went with 360s years ago and are now moving to XbOnes.

If you are going with a gaming setup to play solo, look at what supports the most games you are interested in (since there are exclusives on PC, Xbox, and Playstation). If you are gaming with friends, see what they're getting.

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