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Comment: Been widely discussed (Score 1) 237

by jmd (#49132353) Attached to: The Peculiar Economics of Developing New Antibiotics


My father was one of the first to use the then new 'sulfa' drugs, it saved his life. This was when they were brand new and no studies had been done. I would venture to say in the 1930s when this happened profit was low on the totem pole of motivators to find drugs that save lives.

Today the decision to find new science will be based predominately on profit not necessarily to benefit humanity.

Comment: Experience shows (Score 4, Insightful) 156

by jmd (#49062921) Attached to: Bill Gates On Educating the World

Bill Gates and Microsoft have been around for a very long time. The only real metric we have about them is that Bill Gates is either the richest or second richest person in the world. Depending upon metrics used. That we know.

From that we can surmise that what Bill Gates and Microsft do excedingly well is take money from people and put it in their own pockets.

Since somewhere in the 90s Bill Gates has touted solving poverty with computers. All that has materialized is a transfer of wealth from many to one.

Just remember: poverty is the fruit of wealth.

Comment: Re:Muslims? (Score 1) 880

by jmd (#48602039) Attached to: Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

I am not an apologist for any group. But can ask what we call it when the US Gov't (CIA especially) pulls off a coup or destabilizes a country fostering civil war.

I ask that as a serious question because if it is state sanctioned it appears as acceptable. If not state sanctioned then it is terrorism.

Remember the US Constitution clearly has avenues to redress the government up to and including overthrowing it. But if you choose to overthrow the government you'll likely spend a lot of time in jail or be dead.

Comment: Re:Enlightening... (Score 2) 772

by jmd (#48558761) Attached to: CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

And the population runs around screaming "wait until shit hits the fan". Well shit has been hitting the fan for years but as the above comment shows, the formula to diffuse it works, so people keep running around saying "wait until shit hits the fan"

While the person to reveal the torture sits in jail. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Kiriakou

Comment: Out of control (Score 2) 772

by jmd (#48558503) Attached to: CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

In case no one has noticed it seems everything is out of control theses days. War, spying, bankers and the economy, human rights and the list goes on.

As Leonard Cohen says in his song The Future:
Things are going to slide, slide in all directions
Won't be nothing
Nothing you can measure anymore
The blizzard, the blizzard of the world
has crossed the threshold
and it has overturned
the order of the soul

It seems that everything we ever used to benchmark human progress has slipped away.

Comment: ZTE Open C (Score 1) 132

by jmd (#48082959) Attached to: Test-Driving a $35 Firefox OS Smartphone

I have a ZTE Open C and while I'd say Forefox OS 1.3 is not yet ready for prime time the basics work. I believe 2.0 will be a significant step up. I picked this phone up to use while my Galaxy Nexus was repaired. Worked fine for basic stuff. Phone, maps, websbrowsing.

Maybe the reviewr has too high expectations for this level of phone.

Comment: When the push is on (Score 1) 427

by jmd (#48021997) Attached to: Google To Require As Many As 20 of Its Apps Preinstalled On Android Devices

I'd guess this means the company has met its apex in development or econimic health. Or both.

I bought a Google Nexus Galaxy and Google has said they will not put out Android 4.4 for this model. Too old they say. But they will shove other crap down my throat.

Something will emerget in time to push Google aside. Firefox OS? Ubuntu? something from Asia?

MS is basically history, Apple shows signs of cracking... Google is up after Apple.

"Well, if you can't believe what you read in a comic book, what *can* you believe?!" -- Bullwinkle J. Moose