No. I think he is correct. The only real conspiracy theory with big pharma is that they are companies and only want to make money. They aren't in it for altruistic reasons. Natural cures are irrelevant to them unless they can extract and patent any active component. The US FDA also has a government mandated conspiracy to forbid people to peddle 'cures' if they haven't been fully tested whatever their actual merits. This isn't rocket science. Did you actually read what he/she said?
Aspirin [wikipedia.org] a man made synthetic compound mimicking the pain relieving properties of willow bark?
Willow bark does not relieve pain. It has anti-inflammatory properties just as aspirin does, but not pain relief. The addition of the acetyl group artificially produced the pain relief effects.
Come on, you know it makes more sense. Bwahahaha!
Although I am tempted to agree with you I cannot. There are some topics where insider information is invaluable but identifiable posts would likely cause repercussions for the poster. We still need that. Anonymous Cowards on this topic are just that, cowards, but I don't see how we can get rid of them without getting rid of the more useful aspects of that role.
BTW, "OFF TOPIC"
I was getting kind of bored with the old looking slashdot. Been using it for what
Dan Ariely. He talked about this at one point. What people want is not what management thinks.
I think slashdot must be one of the few places where Poe's Law does not apply, or as much. Funny, but accurate.
The distro that can be named by Man
Is not the Fedora 21 distro.
-- with apologies to Lao Tzu.
... of it happening in the next few hundred years: very slim. Prospects of stopping it if it was going to happen: zero. Though I wouldn't recommend underground nuclear tests at Yellowstone.
It used to be that feminists also were concerned with "male liberation" as well. I see none of that now. And there are indeed a selection of strange extremist types that tend to poison the well. If you want to see some of the disturbing ideas out there just google "piv feminism". These people are so far from the goals of feminism that it should be regarded as deviant. But it isn't. I've experienced a little bit of it myself, but I tend to regard people who have this attitude as a waste of space, so not worth thinking about. But it can bite in situations that matter
Don't forget it is easy for idiots to ask questions that the smartest person cannot answer. He will have to be careful of such tactics.
Nice SF list. Such a list could go on and on and on. Here are some I would recommend, just at random. I'll probably miss quite a few that I really like.
- Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon, this book just defies words
- Chthon, the novel that was edged out by Ender's Game, had a big effect on me.
- In the Ocean of Night
- Songs of Earth and Power, fantasy by Greg Bear
- The War of the Worlds
Agree with Consider Phlebas. I just gave up on the list there are too many even before you get to non SF stuff.
All hail the New World Order and our masters at NSA. I was not a true believer in the NSA NWO but then I watched the 30c3 vid mentioned in the summary. Holy crap. No wonder Charlie Stross gave up on his next novel. I am now beyond horrified and simply in awe of our new Overlords.
I actually read the article. You know what it is? It is a simplified tutorial on white box testing for people who don't know, that is, amateur programmers. Yeah, that would have once been new and interesting to me, when I was learning to program. Not when I was doing it for a living though. Bad title and summary.
Teenagers want and need to find a place of their own, to form their own subculture. A new technology comes along, they jump on board because they are highly adaptable, their parents less, often much less, so. But after five years the teenagers are getting out of their teens and those entering the teens once again need to find their own space. Therefore, there can be no permanent place for teens unless it puts off older people joining or staying. Anyway, someone needs to beta test the new communications paradigms.