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Comment: Re:I don't get it... (Score 1) 262

by GoddersUK (#48593467) Attached to: Judge Rules Drug Maker Cannot Halt Sales of Alzheimer's Medicine

in some areas, doctors are not free to prescribe generics ... If the name-brand version of the drug does not exist, then that drug may not be prescribed

What the actual flying ****! Were the lawmakers in bed with big pharma or something? That's ridiculous. What needs fixing there, though, is not anti trust actions against drug companies but stupid, stupid laws.

You'd think health insurers would have kicked up a fuss about this because the bulk of the increased cost must fall on them.

Comment: Re:I don't get it... (Score 0) 262

by GoddersUK (#48593365) Attached to: Judge Rules Drug Maker Cannot Halt Sales of Alzheimer's Medicine

Neither TFS nor TFA state that the new version is any more expensive than the (non-generic) old version. And, even if it is, that isn't the issue they're claiming is a problem. They're claiming that a patent on a subtly different drug will stop generics manufacturers making generics. Which is bollocks, because the new patent will only cover the differences between the old and the new drugs.

I'm going to guess that the reason your on Tribenzor, rather than a generic, is because there's some perceived advantage (either by your or your doctor), not because the evil nasty drug companies are forcing you to be.

Comment: I don't get it... (Score 0) 262

by GoddersUK (#48593187) Attached to: Judge Rules Drug Maker Cannot Halt Sales of Alzheimer's Medicine

an antitrust lawsuit accusing the drug company of forcing patients to switch to the newer version of the widely used medicine to hinder competition from generic manufacturers.

Were the drug company sending hit squads round to take out the doctors that were prescribing generics? Did they launch a tactical air strike on the generics factories? Hijack the lorries carrying the generics?

I'm sorry but, so far as I can tell, manufacturers are free to manufacture the generic, doctors are free to prescribe it and patients are free to take it. I don't see why Actavis should be forced to produce a drug they no longer want to produce and I don't see what this can possibly achieve because once the drug leaves patent protection the generics manufactures will be able to manufacture it regardless and, before then, patients will have to buy the pricier brand-name drug anyway.

+ - Liquid Cooling on the Rise as Data Centers Crunch Bigger Data->

Submitted by 1sockchuck
1sockchuck (826398) writes "The use of liquid cooling will accelerate in the next five years, according to experts in high performance computing, who cite the data-crunching requirements of scientific research, cloud computing, bitcoin and "big data" analytics. “In the HPC world, everything will move to liquid cooling,” said Paul Arts, technical director of Eurotech. But there's still plenty of resistance from data center operators wary of bringing liquid near servers, and cost is also an issue. Liquid cooling can offer significant savings over the life of a project, but the up-front installation cost can be higher than those for air-cooled systems. Immersion cooling has gotten a surprise boost from the rise of bitcoin, including a large bitcoin mine inside a Hong Kong high-rise."
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+ - Berkeley Lab Builds World Record Tabletop-Size Particle Accelerator->

Submitted by Zothecula
Zothecula (1870348) writes "Taking careful aim with a quadrillion watt laser, researchers at the US Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Lab claim to have managed to speed up subatomic particles to the highest energies ever recorded for a compact accelerator. By blasting plasma in their tabletop-size laser-plasma accelerator, the scientists assert that they have produced acceleration energy of around of 4.25 giga-electron volts. Acceleration of this magnitude over the short distances involved correlates to an energy rise 1,000 times greater than that of a traditional – and very much larger – particle accelerator."
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+ - Stealthy Linux trojan may have infected victims for years->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Researchers from Moscow-based Kaspersky Labs have uncovered an extremely stealthy trojan for Linux systems that attackers have been using to siphon sensitive data from governments and pharmaceutical companies around the world.

The malware may have sat unnoticed on at least one victim computer for years, although Kaspersky Lab researchers still have not confirmed that suspicion. The trojan is able to run arbitrary commands even though it requires no elevated system privileges."

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+ - Smart cruising: a look inside Royal Caribbean's Quantum of the Seas

Submitted by stephendavion
stephendavion (2872091) writes "Featuring online check-in, a robotic bar, RFID-based passenger services and one of the world's most advanced entertainment systems, Royal Caribbean's Quantum of the Seas is billed as the first 'smart ship'. Cruise Critic UK editor Adam Coulter talks about his experience on the maiden voyage and whether the cruise liner lives up to expectations."

Comment: Re:This is clearly futile... (Score 1) 193

by GoddersUK (#48477619) Attached to: Google Told To Expand Right To Be Forgotten

Something they have always done and for which there are many legitimate uses.

And I would be very interested to know when Google (or anyone else) has demonstrated robust, reliable, uncircumventable IP based geolocation because I've never encountered. As I said further up the comments what Google now do (and Amazon and most other large websites) is geolocate you for customer services reasons but you still have the option to view a different page of they get it wrong if you want to for some reason (as someone who's currently an ex-pat I often want to switch between my home country and my country of residence on many websites). The system isn't, and never has been, designed to force people to see a certain page.

Comment: Re:This is clearly futile... (Score 1) 193

by GoddersUK (#48477595) Attached to: Google Told To Expand Right To Be Forgotten

google are returning irrelevant/out of date information

That's not subjective at all. I mean if I'm hiring a new CFO I probably think the guys ten year old bankruptcy case is highly relevant. (S)He probably because it's a long time ago and things are different now and he's very liquid and has learnt how to handle his finances. Go on, which one of us is right?

Comment: Re:This is clearly futile... (Score 1) 193

by GoddersUK (#48477591) Attached to: Google Told To Expand Right To Be Forgotten

Except Google are already doing that (as you say in your first sentence, before contradicting yourself in your second paragraph). I visit in the UK, it goes to Google.co.uk, Google.co.uk is filtered.

The Amazon analogy is very poor because that's simply a customer service option that can be overridden (by design) when it's wrong/a customer wants to view a different localisation for some reason (afaik any actually restrictions that are applied based on billing address, shipping address or Kindle registration info (the latter of which can be easily changed on the device)). Clearly a solution in that situation is going to apply effectively in the Amazon case will be ineffective in the Google case and vice versa. To achieve what the EU wants to achieve (hiding these results in its jurisdiction) can only be achieved through global censorship.

Of course I think that any company's LOCAL operations (officially registered companies in any given country; offices, servers physically located in any given country; payment processing etc. that uses banks in any given country) should comply with local laws in that jurisdiction. Beyond that the local law of any given country clearly doesn't apply. If the EU start messing these business around too much they will simply leave. Then the EU will have no leverage at all, and it will serve them right.

Comment: This is clearly futile... (Score 5, Insightful) 193

by GoddersUK (#48473999) Attached to: Google Told To Expand Right To Be Forgotten
What's going through the EU's mind right now? "This is clearly futile, not working and doesn't stand a chance in hell of working... ...so let's do more!"?

I mean, seriously, what will they be doing next? Asking all proxies, VPNs, and TOR to filter "right to be forgotten" search results. All airlines and airports offering international flights will require memory wipers to remove any "right to be forgotten knowledge" from your brain. All libraries, archives, repositories and public records offices will be required to go through old paper copies of documents with tipex...

(Fun fact: "Right to be forgotten" censoring was basically Winston Smith's day job in 1984...)

Comment: Re:Why the subsidy? (Score 1) 110

by GoddersUK (#48473177) Attached to: UK Announces Hybrid Work/Study Undergraduate Program To Fill Digital Gap
1) Why not subsidise normal CS degrees then? Or if degrees aren't really dishing out the skills required why not a completely different form of training such as apprenticeships?

2) I agree with most of what you've diagnosed, but I don't think this will solve it. This is too little too late to address the shortage of workers. In my year in A-Levels only one of my friends went on to do CS, the rest of us went in to other fields (despite some of my friends being very talented in, and enjoying that kind of thing). Why? Because mostly people assumed it would be more of the crap we did in school IT. Maybe if I'd had the opportunity to experience some fun (this is probably subjective, but I enjoy the very limited coding my chemistry degree has led me to do), problem solving coding I might have chosen differently (or maybe I wouldn't have; but I suspect a lot of the brightest and most capable students that might consider CS are lost to other fields because school IT is such a joke). (For reference, I went thought the secondary education system 5-10 years ago)

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