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Comment: Re:Not all companies (Score 1) 89

by ColdWetDog (#49140483) Attached to: Schneier: Everyone Wants You To Have Security, But Not From Them

This IS really annoying by Apple, even if you believe nobody (or nothing) actually looks at the data. Spotlight is always wanting to send this or that out and I've spent a lot of time moderating it's bad behavior using Little Snitch.

Apple *really* should mellow out and at least shut down the conduit. Even if you opt out of web searching with Spotlight, it STILL sends stuff back to Apple.

Comment: Re:FDA (Score 2) 223

by ColdWetDog (#49132137) Attached to: The Peculiar Economics of Developing New Antibiotics

Although the multi billion dollar price tags often dragged out and pilloried are rather inflated (see 'Hollywood accounting') it is expensive to develop - and test - a new drug. The NIH certainly has the ability to organize the testing, various biochem labs or even start ups can do the development. I'm pretty sure that there are European groups that can help out at various stages.

India, Israel and a bunch on non US companies have shown they can manufacture the pharmaceuticals.

You don't need big Pharma at all. You need the FDA to be able to license foreign drugs, you need the NIH and perhaps some other federal agencies to coordinate activities with other countries. You can cross license patents.

You know, cooperate. It's a big planet.

But most of all the US Federal Government needs some balls. They have to be able to rise above the current kleptocracy and do something right for a change.

Bah, may as well ask for a Pony.

Comment: Re:Jail (Score 3, Funny) 138

by ColdWetDog (#49127533) Attached to: Pebble Time Smartwatch Receives Overwhelming Support On Kickstarter

If you are an American, I can understand this sentiment completely. Given the lack of affordable health care, especially psychiatric care (do you have "Poor Impulse Control" tattooed on your forehead?), the penal system is perhaps the best option for getting the help that you clearly need.


Comment: Re:Watches - Jewelry, Not Functionality (Score 1) 138

by ColdWetDog (#49127307) Attached to: Pebble Time Smartwatch Receives Overwhelming Support On Kickstarter

Recently, I saw a picture of a diamond-encrusted Apple watch band / case. I'm sure there will be a market for third parties, catering to people with more money than either common sense or fashion sense to 'improve' their smart watch in one way or the other.

Now that nobody has a 'classical' style computer, case modders have to go somewhere.

Comment: Re:Watches (Score 1) 138

by ColdWetDog (#49127209) Attached to: Pebble Time Smartwatch Receives Overwhelming Support On Kickstarter

I work for a living. I would look at my watch at least 20-30 times a day at least as I record my activities so I can bill them to my customer.

You must not work with computers for a living - I would have the software record the time (date and elapsed for good measure) automatically.

But I'm lazy.

Comment: Re:Why Not? (Score 1) 293

by ColdWetDog (#49127029) Attached to: Use Astrology To Save Britain's Health System, Says MP

The Democrats used voodoo to come up with Obamacare. What's the difference?

Voodoo involves sticking pins through a simulacrum of your nemesis. Sticking giant pins through Republicans can certainly be seen as something contributing to the greater good - at the very least it is quite cathartic.

And catharsis is a powerful healing tool.


Comment: Re:It should be obvious by now (Score 2) 132

by ColdWetDog (#49119171) Attached to: Pakistanis Must Provide Fingerprints Or Give Up Cellphone

'm fairly certain the median IQ ( not to mention ethical and moral standards ) of those who peruse Slashdot are a few standard deviations higher than those who run governments.

I think the median deviation of those that peruse Slashdot are a few standards higher than governmental officials, but not so sure about IQ.

A man is not complete until he is married -- then he is finished.