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Comment Re:IP law has nothing to do with logic. (Score 2) 261

Well, libertard (please take that in fun, as it was intended) your real problem in this world isn't actually the FDA, it's the insurance industry. The FDA may be able to shut down businesses which don't comply, but, by and large, they let an awful lot of stuff get through. It's the insurers who are deciding what actually gets used in our medical system - drugs, devices and procedures they are willing to pay for are widely used, those they do not are relegated to a tiny fraction of the market. FDA doesn't actually "approve" anything, they give "permission to market." It's insurers that "approve reimbursement," and insurers who have built up a system so corrupt that when it is studied in history, people will not believe the ratios between private pay price and insured reimbursement. It simply won't make sense that a society that supposedly had a free and open competitive market, with laws against monopolistic behavior, could ever allow billing $15 for a 500mg Tylenol pill, or $15,000 for a device with 30 year old technology inside that costs $500 to make.

The only other time I ever encountered "prices" that were so crazy was in former East Germany, just after the wall fell 1990: Bread: $0.05 per pound, nice 3 bedroom flat in town: $12 per month, bicycle (luxury item) $15,000, color TV $45,000. It turns money into a sick joke. Just like in the USA today, when you get really sick, the money involved is beyond crazy, all you can do is laugh and shake your head, oh, and pay the man if you want a chance to live.

Comment Re:IP law has nothing to do with logic. (Score 1) 261

Back when air-travel was a regulated industry, the profit margins were absurdly high - at least compared to today.

Deregulation has not led to an increase in crashes, and if you like to bitch about economy class - you can still purchase business class service for about what economy class used to cost.

Point is, while I usually consider libertarians to be deserving of the label libertard, pharma is one industry that would benefit from some deregulation - open the trade barriers, license the generics more quickly, and maybe make it a little less costly to get new drugs approved. However, as with any status quo - there are plenty of people who would be disadvantaged by a change, so those people fight to keep the status quo. As a democracy, it's time we started standing up for what benefits the voting public, rather than the entrenched special interests.

Comment Re:We're all giant security flaws from birth (Score 1) 74

Shortly after posting this, someone informed me of a "nightly contact with the cloud" system that has been out there for a while (uses POTS, so that puts some kind of date range on it). So, if you don't trust the cloud contact, then a whole lot of pacemakers might get shut off at once that way. Not everybody who loses their pacemaker functionality has serious trouble, or any kind of trouble right away, but some will...

Comment Re:humans never did (Score 2, Insightful) 74

Whether humans are hand selecting the topics, or algorithms written and tuned by humans are selecting the topics according to a corporate approved prescription - simple fact is: humans are still selecting the topics. Maybe the algorithmic approach is less subject to individual bias, maybe it's not.

Comment Re: "Dissapointed" (Score 1) 203

That's the thing for me: if you can already stream Netflix in HD, plus surf the web lag-free on two or three other screens, how much more bandwidth does a home really need? I'm sure there are torrent seeders out there who need all they can get, so let them pay the premium, the rest of us don't see a difference between 100Mbps and 1000Mbps.

Comment Re:We're all giant security flaws from birth (Score 1) 74

When I read "it should be illegal to have knowledge" I hit a full stop, right there... however, using knowledge for "insider trading" is a special case, and I could see this being worse than simple company insiders profiting (as they do all the time, skirting the edges of the regulation - and frequently stepping over because they know enforcement is lax.)

Ultra-libertarians might argue that the profit is reward for ultimately exposing life threatening vulnerabilities, ultra-libertarians are also mostly psychopaths - professedly unable to grasp that pure freedom for all results in single actors taking gross advantage of, and doing harm to large numbers of people who happen to be at a disadvantaged position - resulting in a net-negative situation that benefits a very small percentage of people.

Comment Re:We're all giant security flaws from birth (Score 2) 74

The "programmer wands" in old-school pacemakers only work up to about 6" away... they're special antennas, though you might be able to get some anti-theft door systems to operate the devices - but that would be a truly traceable hack.

Newer systems are getting "more connected" with in-body networking to other devices and slightly longer range RF, but none of them are "constant contact" with the cloud, and the systems I'm aware of do not have any "kill the patient at midnight on December 23rd" program capabilities... if you're going to switch it off, it's going to happen more or less immediately after the communication event.

Comment Re: "Dissapointed" (Score 1) 203

But, Comcast has an experienced marketing staff. They set you up first month for free, followed by 6 months or even a year (depending on the market) of "affordable" service, sometimes less than $20/month. Then they start boiling the frog, making you jump through hoops to keep your rate down at $25/month, or $30/month, and, eventually, your only option is $60/month, for the same crappy service.

Sure, I'd rather pay $300 up front and get it for free. Hell, I'd pay $300 per year for Google Fiber level of service, happily. But, I'm not the broader market. The broader market will more readily part with nothing up front, then sign a 2 year agreement that costs them $1800 before they're done.

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