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Comment Re:They still sell those? (Score 2) 105

Rolling code alone doesn't address it. The length of the code is key. A MARCSTAR document from 1997 cites the code as 40 bits, over 1 trillion possibilities. If you could transmit 10,000 tries per second, it would take over 3 years to try all the possibilities. Even if you got lucky and hit the right code in the first 1% of attempts, it would still take almost 2 weeks of trying.

Comment My favorites (Score 1) 255

My favorites are the ones with this type of warning at the bottom:

This message is intended only for the use of the addressee and may contain confidential, privileged information. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any dissemination of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you have received this communication in error, please delete all copies of the message and its attachments and notify us immediately.

Guess that didn't work out so well.
Not that those warnings have any teeth to begin with, but this doesn't help.

Comment Crunch all you want... We'll make more! (Score 3, Interesting) 136

So is he saying that doctors should keep prescribing antibiotics for illness where they are unnecessary, and that prophylactic application of antibiotics in agriculture should continue? That is, the only thing that needs to be fixed is the manufacturing leakage?

Of course that's the only problem. Because, in India and China, those problems aren't likely to be fixed any time soon (perhaps if ever). If over-prescription isn't the problem, doctors and agricultural users can continue purchasing unnecessarily large quantities of the drugs, guilt free. That's a convenient stance for a drug company CEO to have.

I'm not saying that mishandled wastage at a drug plant isn't an issue. It appears that it is. The CEO said so. But I'd me more interested in seeing facts that back up his claim that overuse is not the issue causing antibacterial resistant bacteria. The overuse is probably more widespread than the factories, and probably more likely to be the cause of the superbugs in your area (unless, of course, your area is near these factories).

"Ignorance is the soil in which belief in miracles grows." -- Robert G. Ingersoll

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