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Comment Re:Science? (Score 1) 118

If you lobby the government saying "help, these people are starving" when in fact, no one is starving, but you own the only freight service capable of reaching those people and you plan is to make a nice profit from the government paying you to transport food to people who don't need it, then you committed fraud, and you merit criminal prosecution. When a drug company tells the government "we tested this drug, and it does this and this and this," they also need to be telling the truth. There's a difference between making outrageous requests and making requests (which may sound very ordinary and reasonable) which are based on lies you are telling to the government. It's the responsibility of the government to catch such liars, but when they do, it isn't a case of "Ha, we caught you. Better luck next time." It's rather a case of "You attempted to defraud the taxpayers. Here's a prison sentence for you."

Comment Re:Science? (Score 1) 118

While I have no doubt that there's plenty of fault to be found in the operation methods of the FDA, so long as corporate entities have corporate personhood, they get to have fault for their moral failings and criminal prosecution for the impact those failings have on others, just like everyone else with personhood.

Comment Science? (Score 3, Interesting) 118

It appears the medical research field has forgotten this basic tenet of science:

It's almost as if it isn't science at all, but rather advertising, where the target audience is a government agency that gives the company permission to transfer the product to their other advertising division who then advertise it to doctors and the public. What percentage of these clinical trials are trials of something not destined to produce wealth for an organization if the results of the trial are positive? When a wealth generating organization approves expenditure of the large amount of money to do a clinical trial, I'm sure it also adds extra management, or transfers management of the research so as to help the results of the trial be more profitable than just doing science ever could be. I'm thankful that this requirement to register these trials exists.

Comment Re:Why wait? (Score 2) 109

When you respond with a deflection like this, I think you're actually supporting the notion that their letter merits deflection in the first place. This supports the theory that "the truth doesn't matter so long as we pay expensive lawyers to express our viewpoint forcefully," which is the apparent theory behind their "bullying people with lawyers" m.o. Personally, I think that bullying people with lawyers is the exact moral equivalent to bullying people with firearms, and from a practical standpoint, in either situation the person who has less firepower is almost always the one who loses in the immediate sense. Unfortunately, the society within which I live does little to punish those who use lawyers as a means to bully other people. The truth is, they have no grounds for complaint, and that truth should matter. This is why my comment regarding the letter was dismissive rather than deflective.

Comment Re:Secondary Effects (Score 1) 155

Now that new expensive phones almost all have IMEI numbers, if there's a stolen phone blacklist shared among carriers, that list could also be used to enforce payment for phones bought with loans. If vendors can get this sort of cooperation from carriers to make lending money for phone purchases less risky, there's certainly a big difference in the interest rates for secured loans and the ones for credit cards. Maybe Best Buy could sell ~$700 phones for 15% down + $10 for the credit check + 6% interest (and use the extra loan processing time to upsell you insurance on your investment).

Comment Re:30 Times Faster? (Score 1) 223

For most specific problems thrown at supercomputers, you can go 30 times faster with a custom hardware architecture baked into silicon

Perhaps that's what they should do. Make a robotic silicon wafer fabrication facility part of the computer. After being given a task requiring a new architecture, it creates the architecture it needs and augments itself. I'm sure for less than the cost of the F-35 program, a universally tasking self augmenting supercomputer could be made to happen.

Comment Perhaps a form factor change. (Score 1) 79

How about build that thing using the XPS 18 form factor with a 1.5 hour internal battery and put all the extra battery in a big power cover. When it's on the docking pedestal, it can be used as an all-in-one, and when it's being carried, users can make their own weight versus battery life trade off by their choice of which battery size in the power cover. With a hot swappable power cover, users who really want extra battery life could carry two or more of them. When I imagine this sort of thing, I think of the cover holding a removable wireless keyboard, swinging around about 285 degrees and connecting to a brace that hinges off the top of the back of the tablet, making a nice stable triangle.

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