Slogging your balls off working in a lab for three decades and hoping there is a chance some foreign committee in Sweden would see your work and throw you a bone 7500% smaller than the new price for the generic drug... That is a fools game.
Last year I told them I was traveling to Europe and India for two weeks. Found out in London that all their retailers use credit cards with pin numbers. American credit cards without pin numbers are authorized by the discretion of the retailer. Apparently if I use the card and deny making the charges, the merchant is in the hole in UK. Not sure if this is true, this what the pizzaria near Trafalgar Square told me. Anyway there were tons of fraudulent charges from London, mostly airline tickets bought from London to African destinations. Capital reversed ALL the charges from London. Had to call back and tell them the bonafide ones, I didn't want the legitimate businesses to suffer.
So far all the experience I had with credit card companies (Citi, Capital One) or debit cards (Schwab) were uniformly good.
The only minor negative experience was when Citi left a fraud alert phone message that let the cat out of the bag about a surprise Las Vegas trip I had planned for my wife.
Free market is like evolution, it does not plan ahead, it gets stuck in local minima.
In a city for someone hoping to open a new bar, established areas would need very heavy capital. With a taxi system without surge pricing such a bar owner would strike new ground and may be eventually that area would grow and thrive as another established area. This is how load balancing would work in free market. But with Uber and surge pricing, it would strengthen existing high traffic areas and corridors would not let alternate areas to develop.
The solution to free marking cherry picking only the profitable sectors of an essential service has always been publicly funded government provided services. Post office is the perfect example. Contrary to popular opinion, the Post Office is extremely efficient. Private companies in USA would not even tell you time of the day for 50 cents. USPS will deliver a first class mail anywhere in the USA, even if it has to fly a single engine float plane for 150 miles from Anchorage, Alaska to Noname, Middle-of--nowhere county, Alaska.
So if Uber takes hold, the bar owners will convince government to provide a Post Office equivalent of a taxi service. Price will be low, but it will be a single bus that takes all the patrons from that area, travel all around the town and drop them in their homes over the next six hours.
In this case the scientists are arguing the way the components of a natural are disassembled the way they are disarticulated shows the evidence of human hand. This is the reverse of Paley's watch, it is hctaw s'yelaP.
Ganga Mata, consort of Emperor Shantanu the Great, threw her new born baby into the Ganges, not once but seven times. You see eight celestials, Guardians of the eight directions were sentenced to live as humans, for some crime[*] they committed. On appeal their sentence was commuted for seven of them, they were allowed to die as soon as possible and return as celestials. They appealed to Mother Ganges to serve as their mother and kill them before they get a chance to commit any sin and be caught in the perpetual cycle of sins and rebirths. The eighth one who had to serve a full lifetime as a human, was spared by Mother Ganges. Once you get the details, you see what mother Ganges did was not evil at all, but an act of utmost kindness.
What life the eighth one had!
He was the one originally named Satyaviradhan, later named Bheeshman and lived a long and illustrious life, torn between the allegiance he swore to his father's throne and the degenerate their Crown Prince Duryodhanan had become. He gave his life for the oath of loyalty, his blessings and love for the righteous descendants of his dynasty. He fell on the tenth day of the battle, shot by his beloved grandson Arjunan (and the first gender reassigned warrior recorded anywhere, Shikandi) and died on the following winter solstice, roughly five thousand years ago.
[*] Their crime: They stole a cow that gave ambrosia as milk for the benefit of a human friend, lied about it.
From every American I've spoken with,
It shows what a narrow cross section of America you are mingling with. Sample bias, them statisticians call it. And all it would take is one minor accident or illness they would really see how much it really costs them. 66% of personal bankruptcies in America are due to medical bills.
When you are smugly feeling superior about your employer provided healthcare, think about it: Guaranteed company pensions, defined benefit, not defined contribution, $xx per month, used to be as prevalent as employer provided healthcare is today. What happened to the guaranteed benefits plans? What makes you think your employers love you so much they will continue to provide healthcare? Have you ever priced what it would cost you if the employer throws you out to the wolves in the individual health plan market?
The auto companies repeatedly test the cars on their test bench. They use specially instrumented engines that collect so much of data on those test cars. Knowing which data was collected on the test harness and which were real road data is a legitimate data for debugging and fine tuning. The amount of data collected (actual valve position, commanded valve position, sensed crank angle, actual crank angle, time fuel injector open, time fuel injector done, blah blah
They might have started with a special manual switch on the dash to turn on "test bench" mode. They forget to turn it on a few times, invalidating lots of collected data because "on test bench" field was wrong. Some clever guy suggest automating it. All these would be very legitimate and most engineers on the team would be working on good faith that it is not a cheat device.
What I am trying to say is "auto detection of test bench run" has a legitimate purpose. They also have so many use profiles. CA air standards profile, Euro air standards profile, China air standards profile, India air standards profile etc. All these use cases are also quite legitimate. All the engineers working on all these projects would be doing work without compromising their integrity or ethics.
Eventually someone high up had a clever idea to load China/India urea use profile when the car is not on test bench. This work does not involve company wide collusion. It would require very few engineers on the coding side and a few top level managers. They would know what they are doing is implementing a cheat device. They might have even done it as a stop-gap measure intending to correct in a few weeks or few months.
Some scenario along the lines of
The US treats a B Tech from IIT or an ME from IISc the same way as a B Tech This-is-a-totally-real-engg-college-in-my-backyard Institue of Technology.
Any US High school grad can be trained to do what these Masters and Bachelors being exported by the body shopping Indian companies.
But, it is collusion with corporate America. They know it true. But they figure their company will survive long enough to give them their bonus after that they plan to jump ship anyway.
A bug in the hand is better than one as yet undetected.