Teva and Novartis were never American companies. Teva has always been Israeli; Novartis has always been Swiss.
They would surprise everyone. Case-in-point: Simo Hayha
There are few things as effective as a man defending his home.
It's stable as hell, offers a guaranteed bit rate (albeit not that fast by modern standards), and is available just about anywhere in the USA. Mind you, what's a full T1: One form of it is 24(?) ISDN lines bonded together. I was on a 128k ISDN when I lived with the 'folks, as there was no DSL/Cable/Whatever. I torrented the hell out of that connection. Sure, it took some serious time to pull down a
Tell that to the 800,000 firefighters in the USA who are unpaid, non-union, volunteer firefighters.
For the home market, they might not use their new UltraChrome HDR inks, but for the semi-pro and pro markets, they do. We have a 4900 here in the lab; amazing is a fair word to describe the output.
Never underestimate the power of one man defending what he believes in.
It always was.
I've presented on vaccination (well, it was the Pharma industry in general, but vaccines are certainly part of that) when I had anti-vaccination folks in the group. Logic is out. Reason is out. I've had this one tossed at me: "You don't really think they took all of the mercury out of the vaccines, do you? They're just lying about it still being there". Or this gem: "Vaccination never worked. The diseases died out due to better hygiene and medicine". Scientific fact is in trouble when faced with "truth" like that.
So, sadly, it's going to take the undoing of the most significant public health victory in history to re-do what we knew 50 years ago. Legislation, insurance losses, fines...all good ideas. They don't do a damn thing in the face of "Well, I have a friend......"
From a lab tech's point of view, LAL testing is brilliant. Mix 10mL of some sample that's supposedly "clean" into a premade LAL test kit. Snap the lid shut. Shake. Incubate for a day. If it changes color, it's positive for endotoxins. If it stays clear, it's negative. Simple as that. And being that the sensitivity is picograms/mL, it's great. Knowing the backstory is neat, too, from the tech's view. Which I am.
This is why.
I just (as in: 3 weeks ago) brought home a Panasonic TCP55VT60 plasma. I knew which model I was purcasing long before I walked into the store, but for giggles (and yes, this could be classified as me being a prick, but it was interesting), I walked into the Best Buy, was accosted by a salesman, and said simply that I was interested in a 55" TV that had terrific color rendition. He showed me every TV they had in 55" EXCEPT the plasma. When I asked about the TV we skipped over, he said (I roughly quote) "Nah, that's a Plasma. They are heavy, run hot, and the screens burn in after a few years, and they're just not as bright or as good." When asked why they have one, the answer: "Well, some people still like them, but everyone else has moved on", implying I'd be an idiot for even looking at it.
I realize that was just one salesman at one store, but it's that exact mindset that killed it. It's not price competitive, they are hot, and they do show like crap in the store. The 65VT60 they had in the store was set in Normal mode, and I noticed that more than a few of the LCD's were set to either Vivid or Showroom modes, really blasting the color out. Nevermind that the VT50's and 60's (and the ZT's, which are even a little better) are beating the very best of the Pioneer Kuro sets, long regarded as *the* gold standard in TV's, and getting them to display to 90% of their potential is a single setting away, no professional calibration or screwing around needed.
It's a unfortunate time for the few of us who give a shit about colour accuracy and black levels. I hope the OLED's are able to cover the gap pretty soon.
Oh, and I told Best Buy to fuck itself and bought the TV from a local chain for less, and with a salesman who wasn't a complete dipshit. And, as a completely unsolicited review, if you're considering one....yes, they are that good. In a brightly lit room, they're ok. In a dark room, they're jaw-dropping good.
XP64 wasn't quite as bad as an abortion. You wanna talk about abortive messes? Say hello to Windows ME. Nah, XP x64 was.....misunderstood.
It really was Server 2003 rebadged without the server bits. So driver support was easy....pull the drivers for Server 2003, and everything just worked. Sure, it would bitch that the driver wasn't signed right, but let it complain. I had half a dozen systems in my care that were XPx64....had driver trouble with exactly one of them, and even that took about an hour of screwing around before it worked.
It was a great OS, in a lot of ways. All the squishy goodness we get from an x64 system, the old familiar feeling of XP, and none of the horseshit that was Vista.
In NJ, buried in the fine print, is a line that reads something like "other information may be obtained by the the Consortium at their discretion", which easily translates to: "We're going to use this to monitor traffic flow, and by doing that, we're monitoring you".
If you're driving on the Parkway (a New Jersey toll highway), there are plenty of places where you can see EZPass pickups buried in the road surface that are nowhere near the toll sites.