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Comment: Re:Low gravity (Re:Stupid.) (Score 1) 124

by MiniMike (#49303309) Attached to: Giant Lava Tubes Possible On the Moon

Wouldn't the elderly be better off on a space station? You could actually control the level of (artificial) gravity by designing it with rings and spinning the station (ref. almost every scifi story in space). They could start off at the outer layers (maybe 0.5 G equiv.?) and work their way up through the rings as their capabilities decreased. When they perish (dead ringers?) they could be released to fall back to Earth (shooting star), or on an orbit to intersect the Sun (if they need more flare) or wherever they chose.

Comment: Re:A few embedded strings and timestamps? (Score 1) 129

by MiniMike (#49233671) Attached to: New Evidence Strengthens NSA Ties To Equation Group Malware

...never UTC-3 unless someone is working very early hours. So it seems like weak evidence indeed!

AFAIK working early doesn't change your timezone, unless you're a pilot or long-distance driver (if it did I probably would have lapped my office a few times by now).

UTC-3 seems to only cover part of Greenland and Brazil, both well-known hotbeds of hacker activity. I suspect that the timezone information is as accurate as info found in random strings in the malware (BACKSNARF_AB25: darn it, time to change the combination on my luggage again...).

Comment: They're making billions on other drugs already (Score 1) 245

by MiniMike (#49132157) Attached to: The Peculiar Economics of Developing New Antibiotics

These drug companies are already raking in $XX billions on other drugs, and the cost to develop a new antibiotic could be less than some of their advertising budgets. The $2 billion might not even be enough incentive.

How about a rule like for every non-antibiotic drug that is approved by the FDA, they also need to submit one antibiotic drug for approval? That would get their attention.

There's no sense in being precise when you don't even know what you're talking about. -- John von Neumann