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Comment Re:What do you do (Score 1) 319

Do you think skilled scientists and engineers work just because you snap your fingers?

No, they work because they want money, and possibly also because they enjoy their profession. So, you make research grants, you pay them to work, and with a little luck you have innovation. You don't need Pfizer to make that work.

No, what it is called is "labor mobility" and "competitiveness". That means, in the end, governments do not get to set the rules and cannot force people to work or invest under conditions that they don't like.

No, it's called "taking advantage of our society for their profit". It's like using H1-B workers to make American profits using foreign labor prices.

Comment Re:The real worry should be Kessler Syndrome (Score 1) 98

If two major powers (the kinds that have satellite constellations) are fighting, we have a lot more to worry about than Kessler Syndrome. Like, say, global thermonuclear annihilation.

Replace Kessler Syndrome with bioweapons. Or firebombs. Whatever. Just because total annihilation is the worst possible outcome doesn't mean we should ignore other terrible outcomes.

Comment Re:Questions... (Score 1) 133

That is exactly what is happening. The researchers were monitoring pigs in farms and discovered the resistance to polymyxin/colistin. Colistin is used in pig farms in China, so it is doubtful to be just a coincidence. The researchers found 1 in 5 pigs carried the resistant E coli strain, and 1 in 7 samples of raw meat contained it.

I was never really scared of getting trichinosis since modern medicine can deal with that. This, on the other hand...

Comment Re:GM producers are shooting themselves in the foo (Score 2) 513

Well, they are already fighting an uphill battle against all the GM naysayers. Maybe if they openly labeled GM food *and* then subsidized prices of goods to cut through the FUD and get to consumers, they might get some traction.

As it stands, I should expect to get something from GM food. The appeal for GM food producers includes better quality, easier to handle, and/or cheaper to produce. In turn, I should get better quality/cheaper food.

Comment Re:Call me a skeptic (Score 1) 168

It's certainly convenient for Imprimis.

That said, its possible that there exists a manufacturing source for compounded drugs that doesn't exist for the usual drug distribution model. If Imprimis has the capability to undercut Daraprim and still make a profit, it makes sense to do it as soon as possible. The greater the price disparity, the better Imprimis looks. If they knock Daraprim out of the market, they can establish themselves as the main supplier of the drug.

I guess that does little to assuage fears of some greater conspiracy going on... Maybe Imprimis poisons their patients, and Daraprim comes sweeping to the rescue. Maybe Shkreli has money betting on the failure of his company. Or maybe he just missed this possibility.

Comment Re:We need to be harder on them (Score 1) 822

Guns can easily harm living beings. More easily than a knife or a hammer. They can be wielded by the most feeble of humans, including toddlers.

Some subset of people simply doesn't care about that. The idea of their toddler killing someone isn't enough motivation for them to behave responsibly and secure their firearm. Why would this person be motivated by the threat of a felony charge?

Some combination of free gun locks and mandatory education might be helpful, though.

Comment Correlation is not causation (Score 5, Interesting) 131

I'm not a shill for the fracking industry. However, a question comes to my mind: Is it possible that it is not the fracking itself, but the stress of knowing that you live near the fracking?

I wonder if they could model this with mice just to get a little more info on the effects of fracking pollutants.

Comment Inventory management? Why is this news? (Score 1) 94

I would think that growing and managing marijuana would be similar to at least some other agriculture/horticulture items (or even pharmaceuticals or alcohol). Going on that assumption, I'm a little surprised there isn't already decent software that can handle this. If there really isn't an existing solution, Flowhub is making the wrong software.

(Yes, the CEO says he is thinking of expanding it to other industries. No, I didn't WTFV, but I would have at least glanced at a transcript if there was one.)

Comment 5 years and no hatching patterns in Calc (Score 1) 147

When I'm printing rows that I want to easily discern from one another, I shade alternating rows. Copying grey cells on a copy machine is unreliable, usually losing the shading over a few generations. Instead, I prefer to use hatching patterns.

Unfortunately, LibreOffice doesn't offer this feature in Calc. Neither does OpenOffice, though the feature was requested 12 years ago.

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