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Comment Re:Marketing costs? Do me a favor (Score 1) 305

I thought that 10% R&D cost figure was hugely inaccurate (given a recent presentation to my Rotary Club by a Pfizer sales rep). But apparently it's not far off at all!

Pfizer (a big R&D spender) probably continues to cut back from their 2011 13.5% R&D budget, so 10% might not be so far off after all.

Comment It Wasn't A Bombing (Score 4, Informative) 410

If the Washington Post's article's details are correct, this was NOT a bombing gone awry. It was artillery rounds (and possibly 40mm cannon fire) from an AC-130 Spectre, a gunship that's been in use since the Vietnam era. They're usually pinpoint accurate, every round is fired with an eyeball targetting via low-vision video, and there'll be full video tape of the entire action.

Doesn't make it any nicer, doesn't make it any less of a screw-up (in fact, more so). Lots of videos online of Spectre working out in Grenada, Afghanistan, Iraq, etc.

The hospital should consider itself lucky: those hits were probably only 105mm howitzer rounds. If they'd been multiple thousand pounders, the catastrophe and casualties would've been even greater.

Of course if the Post is wrong and this was NOT an AC-130 .. never mind.

Comment Dreamers (Score 1) 618

"Then if you go upstream you can see who that person's boss was...and see if testing happened...and, if testing didn't happen. So you can go from the bottom up to nail everyone."

Oh yeah, like that's gonna happen. Admittedly it would be easier than chasing down decisions in (1) crappy bank and investment fund decisions, (2) not sending aid to the US Consulate in Libya, (3) the Enron California power scam .. and any number of other catastrophes. Actual people hardly ever get punished in these things, and that's too bad.

At least that peanut butter CEO might be getting actual jail time; that's nice.

Comment To Quote Arthur C. Clarke (Score 1) 191

(who had some damned wise things to say about a LOT of stuff .. curiously enough even the LHC:

"If an elderly but distinguished scientist says that something is possible, he is almost certainly right; but if he says that it is impossible, he is very probably wrong."

Comment Re:Ad Blocking (Score 1) 519

I fully agree. When a page takes three times as long to load because of the godz-cursed ads, I do what I can to get rid of them. That plus the known threat from malware that has been a problem with ads since they first came out.

Keep them fast, short, simple .. and SAFE .. and I might reconsider removing my beloved ad blocker. Otherwise .. well, screw you, advertisers, and I don't care what it costs me for "free" online services and information.

Are you having fun yet?