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Comment Re:Good. (Score 1) 226

not likely something that would happen in only a few generations, or even a few thousand.

But how long is a generation for the HIV?

That said, if somebody does get infected with HIV while on this drug, they should completely abstain from sex, or else it's back to the drawing board.

If that is a requirement, it is doomed to fail, but why should people abstain?

Comment Re:Good. (Score 1) 226

Can somebody explain the biochemistry on that?

Usually, nucleus DNA gets transcripted into RNA. HIV takes the path backwards (this is reverse-transcription) and use specific biochemistry for that. The drug attacks that pathway.

I guess it must be effective to a much larger class of virus, but don't worry: they will adapt. After all there is no real need to infect the nucleus, RNA is enough for some viruses, ad far as I understand

Comment Re:Should corporations be above national law? (Score 1) 728

Because if I can get away with murder, that necessarily implies that there is "no political community able to enforce [laws against murder]"

There are several cases to distinguish

If it is not known your are the murderer, then you get away with it, but the sovereign will to ban murders remains intact. Just surrender and you will verify it is.

If you manage to flee to a foreign country (without extradition treaties) and get known as the murderer, then you experience the territoriality of sovereignty. A political community can only enforce laws on the territory it controls

If you are a known murderer you can carry on your everyday life in a given society, this indeed means that this society does not seriously care about banning murder. There may be a law, but obviously it got obsoleted by the lack of sovereign will to enforce it. I would not want to live in such a place.

Comment Re:Should corporations be above national law? (Score 1) 728

The Constitution didn't create a "freedom of speech", it's protecting one that pre-exists.

There is no natural right, because there is no natural force able to enforce such a right. Right, or laws, are created by human groups that are ready to enforce them on a given territory.

Comment Re:Should corporations be above national law? (Score 1) 728

The point is everyone has the freedom of speech.

This is a US constitutional right, not a natural, or even universally accepted right. Many countries restrict it, for reasons you could consider good (ban holocost denial), or bad (ban criticism of the Great Leader)

"Open the pod bay doors, HAL." -- Dave Bowman, 2001