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Comment Re:Lemme get this straight (Score 2) 186

So formulating wars to inflate the profits of the military industrial complex would be a 'white collar crime' even when those wars kill millions. How about pharmaceutical corporations pushing toxic medicines that kill tens of thousands another 'white collar crime'.

So violent, hmm. Lets say I come to your home, grab you and your family toss you out on the street and then confiscate your belongings, if you protest, I assault you and any members of your family that join you and throw you in a confined space for an extended period. This pretty much destroys you life, destabilizes you whole family likely breaking it up and exposing your children to considerable risk. This is called the non-violent crime of bankrupting families to generate corporate banking profits, and not just one family but hundreds of thousands even millions globally. For this the corporation and it shareholders should get fined and I the criminal get to wander off with millions in bonuses, THIS IS FUCKING FAIR?!.

Comment Re:Not enough (Score 1) 341

A goofy 10.6 inch display with a poor tactile response keyboard, with irritating finger prints all over the screen for over a $1000 and no applications to do any work with.

Screen real estate is everything, and you try to go as big as you can in each category, be it mobile phone (6"), tablet(10"), note book(12"-15"), mobile desktop(17") and full desktop(27"), big screen(65"). This seems to pretty much define the nature of the market.

The bigger the screen the more effectively you can carry out multiple tasks at the same time which is required in a modern technological workplace. Ill conceived surface pro fills no real roles and is really the product of ignorant ego and a yes man environment.

The tablet is basically a content consumption toy and needs to be priced accordingly. A drop able device that doesn't cause to much angst when it needs to be replaced. Especially when select components for phones and tablets are still way over priced.

Submission + - Dinosaur Brains Flight-ready Long Before They Took to the Air

An anonymous reader writes: Dinosaurs evolved the brain power for flight long before they took to the air, new evidence presented in the journal Nature suggests.
Contrary to the cliche, a "bird brain" describes a relatively enlarged brain with the capacity required for flight. However, based on high-resolution X-ray computed tomographic (CT) scans, researchers found that at least a few non-avian dinosaurs had brains as large or larger than Archaeopteryx, one of the earliest known birds, indicating that some dinosaurs already suspected of flight capability would have had the neurological tools to do so.

Submission + - Congress Can't Afford Affordable Health Care. Can You? 2

theodp writes: The Affordable Care Act was to have required Congress to purchase coverage on the law's new health insurance exchanges without the generous subsidy they enjoy for their current coverage. But affordable health care, as the fine print in the approved rate sheet linked to from NY Governor Cuomo's press release reveals, can mean annual premium of as much as $35k for a family of 3 (for a 'platinum' plan). So, Congress was no doubt relieved to learn last week that they won't be eating their own health care dogfood after all — the U.S. Office of Personnel Management has decided to allow the government to subsidize coverage for its employees on the exchanges. If you're curious, plug your numbers into Covered California's insurance cost calculator to get an idea of how you might fare!

Comment Re:Computer Intrusion (Score 1) 583

Please understand, we, the people of the United States, are still your friends, jokes about riding moose and your terrible 'bacon' aside.

Our common problem is the out of control United State government. We are putting pressure on it to change, and if you can add to our efforts by putting pressure on your government to tell our government that knocking off this crap is a good idea, we would be grateful.

Comment Re:We are living in interesting times (Score 4, Insightful) 583

Regardless, they are after those who are in possession of child pornography, which is a crime. You may not think it should be, but that is completely beside the point. In order to find those who MIGHT be in possession of this material, the FBI gained unauthorized access to the computers of nearly EVERYONE who visited sites on Freedom Hosting, whether they were visiting a site that trafficked in this material. There are other sites on Freedom Hosting that do not host or distribute child pornography, and yet their users were exposed, as well.

This is akin to police discovering that a booth at a flea market is selling stolen merchandise. A reasonable course of action would be to obtain a warrant to search the property of the booth's operator. It would also be reasonable to conduct a stakeout of the booth to see who else visits the booth to knowingly buy or sell stolen goods, and then, after observing such activity, search the vehicles of these associates. That's all fine. But here, they basically came in and rummaged through the cars of everyone who came to the flea market, regardless of whether they visited the stolen goods booth or even knew of its existence.

That shit is fucked up, yo.

Comment Re:Well Duh: Open Source is better (Score 1) 160

Sounds insanely inefficient to me. Maybe there needs to be some competition to remove the inefficiencies. i.e. no, or at least highly restricted, patent monopolies.

I think you're missing the fundamental point of patents. If there is no temporary monopoly on a novel drug, what is to prevent a bunch of bottom-feeders from simply copying it and selling it at a tenth of the price? It's far easier to copy someone else than to come up with something genuinely new, especially with a product that's so ridiculously easy to reverse engineer. On the other hand, just because one company has a drug that treats heart disease, does not prevent another company from making an entirely different drug to treat heart disease. (Unless it's one of those sleazy cases like Ariad Pharmaceuticals and their NF-kappaB patent, which basically prevented anyone from developing drugs that altered that pathway. Fortunately, the courts eventually nixed this.)

Comment Re:Well Duh: Open Source is better (Score 1) 160

The pure research is mostly done off of NIH or DOE grants. The only drug-money research is the attempt to add an extra protein here, or swap an atom there to make it patentable, and then get the analogue through human trials,

Drugs discovered using NIH or DOE grants are usually already patentable if they don't fail one of the other tests. But these only account for about 25% of new drugs; the remainder are genuinely discovered by drug companies. That doesn't mean that the drug companies don't benefit in other ways from public research - most of what we know about the mechanisms of disease and the biochemistry of individual proteins comes from academics. But there's a huge leap from "we know this protein causes cancer" to "we have a drug to stop cancer".

In any case, even when academics do find a promising drug, the human trials are usually still vastly more expensive than the basic research. And in many cases there is still a great deal of trial and error necessary to come up with a drug that has the desired functional and pharmacological properties.

Comment Re:Not enough (Score 1) 341

'Cause tablets run on batteries.

My Android tablet takes 30 seconds or more to boot. That wouldn't be such a big deal, except the battery only lasts about a day in standby, so it has to be shut down when we're not using it. The result is that, if we need to look something up quickly on the web, we boot the netbook, which takes half as long.

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