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Comment: Back in the early 70s.... (Score 1) 131

by MEK (#40626843) Attached to: Earliest Americans Arrived In Waves, DNA Study Finds

... when studying anthropology -- in college and grad school -- the three wave theory seemed to already be commonly accepted. And Eskimos have been recognized as belonging to a separate wave forever (or almost so). This testing may be new and useful because it provides additional confirmation of a long-standing theory -- but it does not amount to any sort of new theory as to the population of the americas from Siberia.

Comment: Generally, when prescription drugs.... (Score 5, Interesting) 392

by MEK (#39929597) Attached to: FDA May Let Patients Buy More Drugs Without Prescriptions

... are re-classified as no longer needing to be prescribed, insurance companies stop covering the cost of such drugs. Lots of expensive drugs (for allergies, for gatrointestinal problems) once covered by insurance are now totally NOT covered. A big win for insurance companies.

Comment: Re:do people still buy from brick & mortar ? (Score 1) 543

by MEK (#37212174) Attached to: Do You Want Best Buy Opening Your New Laptop?

> The only things I buy with an installed OS are notebooks, and I make recovery media
> for my collection then wipe 'em to install Linux.

I bought a laptop for my wife this week (from Best Buy) -- and this is _exactly_ what I did (except I did leave a minimal Windows installation -- just in case).

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