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Comment: Re:A feature of Western *democracy*? (Score 1) 83

by mjpaci (#48496367) Attached to: Probe Into NSA Activity Reveals Germany Spying On Germans

Germans spy on Germans...what else is new? It's a piece of national pride to know everything about your neighbor...except when they die watching TV and nobody finds them for 16 years. It seems that every time I hear about one of those happening, 9 out of 10 times it's in Germany...

Comment: Re:I believe it.... (Score 1) 179

by mjpaci (#42060093) Attached to: Thousands of Natural Gas Leaks Found In Boston

Last winter I stepped out my front door and smelled gas and called NSTAR and they came out with a truck and detectors and the whole lot. They smelled it too, but the concentration wasn't high enough to call it an emergency, so they put me on a repair list. Two weeks later I come home to find the street in front of my house spray painted by DigSafe and a note on my door saying I need to be home the next day. They came, ran a liner in the pipe from the main to my house, connected it inside, and were gone. No more gas smell.

Then they came 2 months later to replace my meter (which they do every 7 years).

--Mike

Comment: Re:Just keep in mind the tradeoff (Score 1) 556

by mjpaci (#39343747) Attached to: Indian Gov't Uses Special Powers To Slash Cancer Drug Price By 97%

There are three types of drug ads in the US - http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/PrescriptionDrugAdvertising/default.htm

The ones that mention both the drug and what it is indicated for are called Product Claim Ads and must enumerate the benefits and the risks including potential side effects. Reminder Ads give the drug's name but not what it is indicated for and Help-Seeking ads describe a condition does not recommend or suggest a specific drug or drugs.

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