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records how a computer programmer deleted over 20,000 records from a live data base which had to be restored by manual reentry. The idea that a LARGE police force should be so lacking in meaningful backups casts serious doubt on the competence of the organisation. However it might also encourage other to FOI their local police about data backup strategies — AND WHEN THEY WERE LAST TESTED!!"
[The Beast] also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name. (Rev 13:16,17)
which implies that it is helpful half the time. Seems like a good return on the investment of having one for anyone who would suffer significantly from having flu.
As to the wider issue of replacing the profit driven approach to pharmaceutical R&D, the problem is that this would require a vast level of new expenditure from the government. Admittedly it might work - but the failure of the USSR or China to be major pharmaceutical producers is a hint that it probably won't.