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Comment Re: Proof her perf evaluations weren't fair (Score 1) 566

From the Wikipedia:

In 2009, Teva Pharmaceuticals filed an ANDA to market a generic EpiPen in collaboration with Antares Pharma Inc, a maker of injection systems; Pfizer and King sued them for infringing US Patent 7,449,012 that was due to expire in 2025;[29] Pfizer, Mylan, and Teva settled in April 2012 in a deal that allowed Teva to start selling the device in mid-2015, pending FDA approval.[30]

Comment Re: It's not the intrusion per se (Score 1) 45

That's easy. We declare war and let the military do it. Say we are at war with ISIS or whoever and monitor their communications like the military complex would do in any other war.

Of course domestic lone wolves would be off limits like they should be anyway. You can't be guilty of a crime without actually committing one. Obviously we've gone too far requiring ID and and recording such information any time someone buys a pressure cooker, right? Right?

Comment Re: Proof her perf evaluations weren't fair (Score 3, Informative) 566

I've never seen that quote before. But as someone who is a small cog in the industry, what she said about the FDA is absolutely true.

Rising drug costs? The FDA is complicit. Drugs approved without being properly vetted? The FDA is complicit.

Vaccines are great and everything, but do we really need to require thousands of dollars in vaccines for things like chicken pox before a child can go to public school? It's great that insurance hides this cost for most, but I have seen the other side where people have fallen through the cracks in Medicaid and Obamacare. These poor, both in terms of wealth and luck, people needing to get their five year olds caught up before school needing $1200 for the first round.

It was $1200 because government required it, not because of free market. Just like Epipen. Just like so many common generic drugs the FDA pulls from the market as being "unsafe" and then a single patented brand medication takes their place at 100x to 1000x the cost.

Then there is manufacturer collusion where a common drug all of a sudden has "manufacturing" issues and it's not available from any manufacturer. Then in a month or two it's available again, but only from a single source, and yes it's still generic, but at 4x the cost.

This is mostly hidden from "consumers" because insurance. You are still paying your $4 copay. But the costs on the back end are high. Meaning less money for labor, so long lines and wait times at the pharmacy. Higher costs for the insurers mean higher premiums. So all that anger gets thrown at the pharmacy and the insurers. The guys at the top are laughing all the way to the bank.

Comment Re:A sit in (Score 4, Insightful) 350

Using the no-fly list to keep bad guys from guns is a terrible idea, here is why:

It's just a bad idea that can and will be abused to keep law abiding citizens from possessing guns, which the federal government has no legal power to do.

If you actually want to solve the mass shooting problem, and not just use fear to remove freedoms from individuals with thunderous applause, this is what I propose:

Let guns be in schools. As part of P.E. or even on its own, students will be in a firearm safety course. They will be target practicing. They will be tearing their guns down. They will be cleaning their firearms. They will be using hand guns, and rifles, and shotguns, etc. They will be taught that they are tools just like the circular saw or the welder in shop class, or knives and scissors in art class and home economics. They will take this class every year they are old enough to hold a weapon safely.

Just like at 16, when they are given a license to operate a tool that "kills" on average 3,287 people per day, at 18 they will take a test and if passed they will get a concealed carry license issued by their state of residence. The CCL will be valid in every state and territory of this nation. All of our children will be taught to not fear guns, and if they so chose they will be armed. That way the next time someone decides to bring a semi auto rifle to a night club to kill innocent people, that person would potentially be staring down a hundred barrels of trained good guys.

There will be no fear for the government to use to tighten gun control. People will not fear guns and will know how to use them. There will not be a gun control problem. Who knows, if everyone is armed, perhaps people may be more respectful to each other.

Comment Re: Secret government proceedings? (Score 3, Informative) 350


The bill of rights is a limitation on the powers of Congress.

"The right to bear arms is not granted by the Constitution; neither is it in any matter dependent upon that instrument for its existence. The second Amendment means no more than that it shall not be infringed by Congress, and has no other effect than to restrict the powers of the National Government." - 92 U.S. 542 (1875)

Comment Re: WTF with the spurious Obamacare reference? (Score 1) 607

Coverage is greater than before Obamacare.

When trying to control the costs of healthcare, this metric means the reverse of what you think it means. Insurance increases the costs of healthcare, it does not reduce it.

And yes, the trend of increasing costs that existed before Obamacare has continued.

Yes, because the crashing economy put more people on Medicaid, increasing healthcare costs. In many localities, the local healthcare system is the only sector of the local economy that has shown any growth for years.

Comment Re:The Worst Hollow Copyright Claim: (Score 2) 70

The point of copyright is to have a long enough period to encourage people to make their own works.

I'm going to nit pick this, but don't take it personally because I think you get it, but the overwhelming majority don't. Whenever people say/write this I think they believe its the exclusivity itself that is the motivator for artists to create works. I totally reject this idea. Read this sampling of how musicians feel about online "piracy."

My take away from it are that the artists either don't care or are encouraged by it. To them, their art is an experience. It's either the experience of going to a show to witness a live performance, or like Jack Black's comment, holding the vinyl and seeing the album art in its bigger than life glory and reading all the extras in the album notes. No amount of copying is going to stop people from going to live shows, and no amount of copying can hurt real album sales. The recording industry got cheap and lazy and shot themselves on the foot when they reduced themselves to being the packagers of only 1s and 0s.

Its the old guys that are attempting to live off the residuals and the royalties of stuff they did 20, 30, 40 years ago that dislike it so much. I took Prince's comment as "Shit, if I can't make my % on sales, I am going to have to get off my ass and work again."

And now, to my point, I argue that it's "for limited Times" which serves as the motivator for artists to create. That copyright expires is the most important part in the copyright clause. If I write a book or two, win success roulette, and maybe get a movie deal which nets me enough money for me to be more than comfortable for the rest of my life, my children's lives, and most of my children's children's lives, why would me or my children work? Pure greed, more money? Greed doesn't make for good art.

I'm getting off the path now, but its the same story with healthcare in America. The people were tricked by the leeches to believe that the cause of excessively high healthcare costs (insurance) is the solution . The problem with copyright / being able to create new works is that copyright lasts too long.


NSF Makes It Rain: $722K Award To Evaluate Microsoft-Backed TEALS 64

theodp writes: Microsoft has $92 billion in cash parked offshore, so it's kind of surprising to see a $722K National Science Foundation award is going towards validating the efficacy of Microsoft TEALS, the pet program of CEO Satya Nadella that sends volunteer software engineers with no teaching experience into high schools to teach kids and their teachers computer science. Among its Program Changes for 2015, TEALS said it "explicitly commits to provide a core set of curriculum materials that are complete, organized, and adaptable," which should help improve the outcome of the Developing Computer Science Pedagogical Content Knowledge through On-the-Job Learning NSF study schools are being asked to participate in. Meanwhile, CSTUY, a volunteer organization led by experienced CS teachers (including Slashdot user zamansky), finds itself turning to Kickstarter for $25K to fund Saturday Hacking Sessions. So, as Microsoft-backed — which has also attracted NSF award money to validate its CS program — is fond of saying: What's wrong with this picture? (To be fair to TEALS: it may have Microsoft backing, but it's not strictly a Microsoft effort, and also started out as a pure volunteer effort, as founder Kevin Wang explained earlier this year.)

Comment Solve the actual underlying problem (Score 1) 492

Not the symptom or its manifestation.

The fundamental problem is that few US citizens are motivated to attain high levels of education, and to earn their wages / wealth by contributing to society, rather than living off subsidies doled out by the guvment.

A related problem is the high debts incurred in the process of getting educated, thereby creating wage slaves.

Another less fundamental problem is that the dollar is artificially high, and kept there by vested interests. If the market value of the dollar reflects its true worth, people from India will neither be motivated to move in to the US, nor supply manpower, because it will yield fewer rupees.

So long as these basic issues are addressed, we will see more of such Hem and Haw, dithering and filibustering, rather than resolution.

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