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Comment: Tax patents/royalties to fund basic research (Score 4, Interesting) 347

by jpvlsmv (#47873499) Attached to: When Scientists Give Up
I heard this piece on NPR yesterday, and the thing that kept running through my mind is how the pharmaceutical industry is extorting huge profits based on fundamental research-- with much of that happening under NIH grants. Why not set a tax rate on drug patent royalties and use that to fund the NIH?

You have a multi-billion-dollar-sales patented drug? Chip in 0.5% of the revenue to fund NIH grants. Or make your own equivalent grants to truly independant researchers.

Enter into a licensing deal on a drug patent? Chip in 0.5% of the revenue to fund grants.

Comment: Re:The important thing (Score 1) 166

by jpvlsmv (#47837117) Attached to: Scientists Sequence Coffee Genome, Ponder Genetic Modification

Isolate out the caffiene genes, and start adding it to other plants. There are times I'm eating breakfast, and I'm thinking "Why am I only getting caffiene from the coffee? Buzz up them hashbrowns! Perk up that toast! If we can introduce it into animals, think about caffinated eggs, or butter, or cheese. We can finally jitter up the world.

To heck with that, splice that gene into a retrovirus, and let me caffeinate every cell in my body!

Comment: Re:Blue Screen of Death... (Score 4, Funny) 239

You're right, officer, Clippy should not have been driving.

Now, what to do when my Explorer crashes...

Click on the Start button, go to "All Programs", then go to "Brakes", right-click on the "Apply Brakes" button, and choose "Run as Administrator". After the 15-second splash screen (now with Ads by Bing), choose "Decelerate Safely".

Comment: Re:Well (Score 1) 158

by jpvlsmv (#47432645) Attached to: Hints of Life's Start Found In a Giant Virus

I, for one, welcome our new virii overl...oh forget it, this meme is no longer funny.

Virii? Nitpicking, I know, but that particular abuse of the language makes me cringe, it really does, because it is so bizarrely and emphatically wrong on far too many levels.

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just like 'one bus, several buses' ('bus' from 'omnibus', but let's not go there). Apart from that, you would use a a nominative singular here: '... our virus overlords ...'

Buses? Nitpicking, I know, but that particular abuse of the language makes me cringe, it really does, because it is so bizarrely and emphatically wrong on far too many levels.

The correct plural of bus is bi. (Unless you're talking about the London double-decker variety, in which case it's bii.)

Comment: Re:Faith in God (Score 1) 299

by jpvlsmv (#47376709) Attached to: Site of 1976 "Atomic Man" Accident To Be Cleaned

The reasons for the quotation marks would make for a very long rant about ionizing vs. non-ionizing radiation and their complete ignorance of what is actually going on.

If you really want to get the far right riled up about radiation, you could call something different than non-ionizing. Can you imagine if the public were exposed to unionizing radiation?

Comment: Registry checklist: (Score 5, Interesting) 493

by jpvlsmv (#47119113) Attached to: Mutant Registration vs. Vaccine Registration

I'm trying to keep track of what kind of registries are acceptable for each (US) political party

No Fly Registry: It's Our Patriotic Duty (D&R)
Gun Owner Registry: Acceptable for (D), Unacceptable for (R)
Legal-to-work-in-US Registry: Acceptable for (R), Unacceptable for (D)
National ID card: Acceptable for (D), Unacceptable for (R)
Vaccination Registry: Acceptable for (D), Unacceptable for (R)
Superhero Registry: It's Our Patriotic Duty
Mutant Registry: Ditto
Windows Registry: Can't run Windows without it, and what else would you run?

Comment: Re:Gun nuts (Score 1) 1374

by jpvlsmv (#46890477) Attached to: "Smart" Gun Seller Gets the Wrong Kind of Online Attention

The 2nd Amendment of the US Constitution guarantees that each citizen has the right to keep and bear arms for self-defense. There are only a very few obvious prohibitions, namely against convicted felons and those declared mentally incompetent or ill.

I have yet to see any constitutional argument that supports these "obvious prohibitions". Either the 2nd amendment allows each citizen to keep and bear arms (including convicted felons and the insane) or there are obvious limits on the scope of the rights enumerated there.

And once you accept that there are obvious limits on the scope of gun rights, then you can't just say "the 2nd amendment allows me to carry whatever firearm I want wherever I want to"

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