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Comment: Oblig. xkcd (Score 1) 168

by barlevg (#47530777) Attached to: Amazon's Ambitious Bets Pile Up, and Its Losses Swell
When I read the summary, I couldn't believe that Amazon had lost over six times its revenue. Then I saw that the revenue was in billions and the net loss was in millions. Fine, $19,000 million dollars looks awkward (despite what Randall Munroe thinks), but there has to be a less confusing way to convey that information.

Comment: Re:One question (Score 1) 126

by barlevg (#47432019) Attached to: Child Thought To Be Cured of HIV Relapses, Tests Positive Again
For 18 months you take your infant to a doctor who pumps her full of drugs, which, while curing her of a terrible disease, gives her horrible side-effects. Then the doctors tell you they think she's cured, but that they want to continue the debilitating drug regimen "just to be sure." Is it really so irrational to say, "No, screw that. My daughter's better now. No need to subject my baby to all this continual agony"? Not saying this is what happened, but since you don't know the specifics and circumstances any better than I do, how about we just forego judgement on this woman?

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