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Comment Re:All these pharma/insurance stories (Score 1) 270

You are distorting the language.
Rationing refers to fixing a portion. In this context it refers to the fixing being done by an external entity, the government. Being limited by what you are willing/able to pay is not rationing, and it is dishonest to claim otherwise.
If you can't afford a Rolls Royce, it's not because of rationing.

Comment Re: All these pharma/insurance stories (Score 1) 270

Obamacare was designed to fail, so that government-controlled healthcare would be inevitable.

Obamacare was sold to the insurance companies as "look at all the money you can grab now" and they fell for it.

Obama hates America, and Obamacare is a major part of his plan to impoverish the country.

Comment Re:Ban drug ad's like most developed nations do! (Score 1) 270

Doctors are not omniscient. The number of drugs and diseases and their interactions is beyond any person's knowing. Take a look at Life Extension magazine, where the citations on a single article frequently exceed 100.

Drug ads bring the attention of consumers and doctors to potentially beneficial products. And they annoy the rest of us.

What's a drug? If you have the wildflower foxglove in your garden is it a drug? Is it a drug when you pick the plant? Are the digitalis-containing leaves a drug? Or is it only a drug when you extract digitalis (digitalin, whatever) from the leaves? These are important questions, because they determine the legality of many innocent actions. The FDA has long attempted the overreach of restricting the production and availability of food and herbal extracts, claiming that those things are drugs and subject to the FDA's powers.

Comment Re:Many reform proposals (Score 1) 83

Perhaps, but again, it just demonstrates that the media companies simply don't get it and having cut of their own nose have now proceeded to remove other facial features. People don't use search engines to find out what's going on in the world (e.g. the snippets of news articles of TFS), they'll go directly to their MSM site(s) of choice for that with no linking or royalties required, or go through a new aggregator. People use a search engine for news stories because they either already know what they are looking for but don't know where to look for it or are looking for an alternative take on it, and in that case having some indication of how relevant the results are (in the case of the snippets) or any results (in the case of linking in the first place) are going to dictate where their clicks go.

What the MSM sites don't seem to grasp is that this is free traffic generation for them; when a user searches for some given event/gossip/whatever and ends up on some random news site purely because it happened to pop up in the search results with a relevant looking snippet of the article, they've got an opportunity to serve up some ads, sell other services they offer, and maybe even acquire a new regular reader. Remove the snippets, let alone the links, and all of that traffic is not just going to go away - it's going to go to one of your competitors that had more of a clue about how things work. Both the search engines and MSM companies need each other for this arrangement to work, but the relative numbers of major search engines to MSM sites puts the advantage firmly in the hands of the search engines; they need *some* MSM sites, but they don't need all of them, and they certainly don't need the ones the like to haul them into the courts at the drop of a hat.

Comment Re:Free market (Score 1) 270

Price fixing protects the poor from abuse by government granted monopolies.

"Price fixing" refers to an agreement in an oligopoly to sell a particular product in a price range. It is illegal in the US, under antitrust laws. Monopolies don't engage in price fixing because there's nobody to make an agreement with.

Price fixing, being an agreement among suppliers, raises prices. In no way does it protect the poor.

Perhaps the phrase you are looking for is price controls, such as the disastrous Nixon policy that led to gasoline shortages in the 1970s.

Comment Re:Logic Says It Should Be Legal (Score 1) 270

The FDA should be defanged. Its only powers should be to measure the weight and purity of foods and drugs, publicize the results, ban the import of impure products and sue the manufacturers and distributors of impure products. No testing for efficacy or safety. The manufacturers of products that are both unsafe and do not have their risks printed clearly on the products should have their responsible employees criminally liable.

That puts liability where it belongs, and eliminates the deadly delays caused by government foot-dragging. Costs come down, lives are saved, and government shrinks. (Note that I said "costs come down", not "prices come down.")

Comment Re:Many reform proposals (Score 1) 83

Even if it does pass, I really don't see this one being a problem for the search engines - just the opposite, in fact given the way Google responded to a similar legislative attempt in Spain. It's a "request for payment", at least in this version, so I would imagine it'll go down like this: Some media outlets "request" payment. The search engines cough up some cash for past transgressions and strip the snippets from future search results for those companies. Search engine users click on alternative links that still provide snippets. Media outlets that made the requests for payments have to go back to the search engines and beg for a new deal, which will obviously be loaded in favour of the search engines.

As a bonus, as search engine users and media consumers, we'll also get to sort out the dinosaurs in the media business (Hi, Rupert!) from those that are actually willing to try and embrace the new Internet order and make it work for them; I know which group I'd rather support...

Comment It's hard to believe. (Score 2) 72

The amount of data you need assemble a global navigation system is enormous. You don't hire some intern to transcribe data out of Wikipedia, you license it from companies like Tele Atlas.

Now for geographic place names you'd turn to sources like the USGS GNIS system for the US, whatever the local equivalent of GNIS is, or for places that don't have that datasets like GNIS the DoD's Defense Mapping Agency.

It can't possibly be that Bing gets their place/position data mainly from Wikipedia. The only thing I can think is that they did some kind of union of all the geographic name sources they could find in order to maximize the chance of getting a hit on a place name search, and somehow screwed up prioritizing the most reliable sources first.

Comment Re:Oh yawn... (Score 1) 159

It sounds very, VERY theoretical. Particularly since they'd have to show that YOU had access to THEIR work. Not to mention why are they bothering to track the people whose work they are using in order to sue them? It's a bit like saying that every 60 million years a killer asteroid shows up, so we better spend our days looking up at the sky, just in case. There are more worthwhile things to worry about.

Comment Re: Logic Says It Should Be Legal (Score 1) 270

I've been injecting insulin and other drugs for 16 years now. No fuckups. No reactions. Nothing, and i'm no one special in this regard. It sounds like epinephrine is less stable than insulin in storage, but I could work with that - I used to carry my drugs in a sealed metal thermos on travel. Deployed to Iraq and back that way in 07-08.

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