Here's Dan Snow explaining the "alternative voting" scheme that Britons will have the chance to vote on next week. Critics of AV have described it as too complicated. I don't know that "simple" necessarily means "better" when it comes to governments -- the "simplest" government being: "I am in charge and you do what I say or I chop your head off." But even so, Snow makes a good case for the intuitive simpleness of alternative voting, using a good example of friends deciding whether to go for coffee or beer. I'll be voting for AV on the 5th. I want to be able to vote for the best candidate, not the least-worst one, and not worry about "wasting" my vote.
You’d be forgiven for thinking the videocassette format long-dead, but it turns out that Betamax is still around. Sony is finally going to withdraw tapes from sale, bringing a 40-year story to an end. The last recorders were sold in 2002. ベータビデオカセットおよびマイクロMVカセットテープ出荷終了のお知らせ [Sony; via The Verge]
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