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Comment: Glass half empty type of guy aren't you? (Score 1) 660

by Bruce66423 (#48883611) Attached to: Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?
"the Flu Shot is all but useless around half the time"

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.

Comment: No - it's more than that (Score 1) 628

by Bruce66423 (#48644209) Attached to: What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?
http://ww2.prospects.ac.uk/cms... The ILO definition of unemployment covers people who are: out of work, want a job, have actively sought work in the previous four weeks and are available to start work within the next fortnight; or out of work and have accepted a job that they are waiting to start in the next fortnight.

Comment: International Defn of Unemployment (Score 1) 628

by Bruce66423 (#48644191) Attached to: What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?
http://ww2.prospects.ac.uk/cms... The ILO definition of unemployment covers people who are: out of work, want a job, have actively sought work in the previous four weeks and are available to start work within the next fortnight; or out of work and have accepted a job that they are waiting to start in the next fortnight. This is a good compromise between instant and totally discouraged. What it doesn't capture is the number of part time workers who would like more hours.

Comment: So far so good (Score 1) 413

by Bruce66423 (#48482359) Attached to: Mathematicians Study Effects of Gerrymandering On 2012 Election
The Scandinavians have very homogeneous societies where the issues are relatively one dimensional, allowing the formation of coalitions without great difficulty. This was the experience in Germany, but is now breaking down because the far left 'Left' and Greens are splitting the left, whilst 'The Alternative' is offering a serious right wing challenge that splits the right, and is very problematic, whilst the collapse of the FDP has removed the traditional third party. The result has been a CDU/SPD coalition that is working well, but at the cost of alienating those who are not impressed to the point of their voting for those more extreme parties; I anticipate growing problems in Germany over the next few years.

You know, the difference between this company and the Titanic is that the Titanic had paying customers.

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