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Comment: Re:Can you say... (Score 1) 266

by John Jorsett (#48594765) Attached to: Judge Rules Drug Maker Cannot Halt Sales of Alzheimer's Medicine

yes, requiring a company WHO IS IN THE HEALTH-CARE BUSINESS to continue saving lives and not taking profits as the first thing.

yes, makes sense to me. but then again, I'm a human being, not a pycho CEO or politician.

there should be a law: if you are in the healthcare business (which is your choice) then you MUST put patients first above all else.

doctors have to swear this. why not the makers of drugs and such? it would fix a LOT of what is broken with the western world, if we did that. think of how much GOOD would be done to humanity, as a whole!

Why stop there? Let's force more companies to GO INTO the health care business, and sell the products the government mandates at prices government specifies. Google and Apple have a lot of cash on hand, let's make them put it to work for the benefit of "humanity, as a whole".

Comment: Re:Time to openly admit... (Score 2) 187

by John Jorsett (#48594705) Attached to: Last Three Years the Quietest For Tornadoes Ever

Nothing new here. Everybody in the field (and most people outside it) know the limitations of weather forecasting.

And yet we're hectored continually that we need to implement costly and Draconian programs based on the predictions of models that don't match observed reality. That's not science, that's some unholy amalgam of politics, fear, profiteering, and insanity.

Comment: Re:Loss of context and common sense (Score 1) 116

by John Jorsett (#48539837) Attached to: NSF Accused of Misuse of Funds In Giant Ecological Project

a) Strawman. No one is arguing that the expenses should just get a pass.

b) The article says "there was no legal wrongdoing, DCAA director Anita Bales told the hearing".

c) The cited expenses, which the parent refers to, are all in the range of categorization error rather than corruption. However, the article say that "36% of NEON’s budget proposal was questionable or undocumented". The article was silent on how much of the budget spent to date was questionable or undocumented, or whether the problems with the budget proposal were very many instances similar to the cited expenses or larger unmentioned problems were needed to get to the 36%. SO the article fails to give insight on whether the proximate problem is sloppy budgeting or something more nefarious (though you can make the case that sufficiently advances incompetence is indistinguishable from malice).

My late father, an accountant, always said that if you lack controls, it's a virtual certainty that you'll have people stealing from you. The description of the chaos in their bookkeeping, in which a third of their expenditures were unallowable or couldn't even be determined by an audit, is just the sort of situation he was describing. It's also reasonable to think that if they were that sloppy/incompetent/crooked in one area, that other areas of the project were equally affected, like the engineering.

Comment: This has the smell (Score 0) 132

by John Jorsett (#48377395) Attached to: Drone Sightings Near Other Aircraft Up Dramatically
This has the smell of a government agency putting out a story to justify the actions it has taken or is about to take. The FAA is obviously getting concerned that there's too much loose talk about reining in its rulemaking in this area, or circumscribing it, and wants to get out ahead of that. What better way to achieve that than to portray drones as endangering the public's lives every time they fly?

Comment: Re: If they're going literal.... (Score 1) 251

by John Jorsett (#48326907) Attached to: Undersized Grouper Case Lands In Supreme Court

Hey dope. The Senator (former Senator Ted Stevens, D-AK) who said the internet was "like a series of tubes" was referring to the fact that it has a finite throughput from any point A to any point B, which means that more traffic is likely to slow any individual packet down. The only way to relieve this pressure is to replace the infrastructure with new infrastructure with a higher capacity. Stevens was right.

So you're saying that when evaluating a statement, the context is revelatory of what was actually meant? Like, for example, when a law refers to "objects"? I'm in complete agreement. Apparently some others here on /. aren't.

Comment: I'm not clear (Score 2) 142

by John Jorsett (#48326747) Attached to: Australian Post Office Opens Mail Forwarding Warehouse In the USA
After reading the links it's still not clear to me why this is occurring. Is it that sellers charge Australians more just because they can, and if so, are they not able to get away with it elsewhere? Do even huge online retailers like Amazon charge different prices depending on the country the items are going to? I'd have thought the US Federal Trade Commission would be scrutinizing these practices.

Comment: Re:Lucky for Stripe (Score 1) 353

Luckily for Stripe, they're not beholden to some government definition of what they, as a corporation, decide NOT to process transactions for. Upper receiver, lower receiver, high power magnets,Shirts with sexual innuendo, Hello Kitty paraphernalia. Their terms of service, their call.

Unfortunately for that theory, payment processing companies, banks, and other similar outfits are opening their mail and seeing inquiries from government agencies about their relationship with Certain Firms. Not that it's being implied that there's anything wrong with doing business with Certain Firms, oh heavens no, they're just, you know, asking questions. And so, most of those questioned outfits decide that doing business with Certain Firms is more trouble than it's worth and drop them.If you're government and wanting to cut off the oxygen to Certain Firms with minimal fuss and expense, what nicer, cleaner way than to just kind of casually glance in their financial institutions' direction and watch them scatter?

Comment: Re:Remember when WSJ had a modicrum of decency? (Score 3, Insightful) 720

You are not misremembering, at one point WSJ published a lot of insightful business and economic commentary, and kept politics contained in the opinion pages. Now political narrative dominates all aspects and as a result business and economic aspect suffer. I stopped reading it for this reason - profit has no ideology, moment you view data through a lens of politics is the moment you stop noticing opportunities.

I've read the WSJ daily for decades and have yet to detect a conservative editorial bias on the non-opinion pages. It's the only readable paper any more because it does actual reporting and isn't puffed up with fluff and torn-from-the-AP-feed canned drivel.

Comment: Inconsistency (Score 1) 478

by John Jorsett (#48114333) Attached to: The CDC Is Carefully Controlling How Scared You Are About Ebola
some Republicans have called on the administration to ban travel from the most affected countries. [snip] Frieden and other officials say such a move would be counterproductive Remember back in July when the FAA banned air travel to and from Tel Aviv because one Hamas missile hit about a mile away from the airport? Now we have a deadly outbreak of disease in another part of the world, at least one person with that disease who has managed to enter the US and possibly infect others, and we still don't curtail travel from those areas? If you're going to do it for a relatively minor threat, it's insane not do do it for a major one.

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