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Comment Re:But think of the accountants! (Score 2) 436

Hell, yes.

Except that... optimizing the prices/competitiveness of the economy and optimizing the overall good for the society are two different objectives, isn't it? Chasing one with means for the other is what brought US in the current situation.

Your comment is actually very profound. People treat economics and business as some sort of mathematical equation to optimize. "Pay the least amount to workers, make the most profit from the poor saps that must buy our products. Collect profits." The economy is a fake man-made framework we arrange ourselves on and hope to get as nice of a life, as free from want, as we can. I think almost everyone can't see that anymore. Money is just paper, we are really just trying to make a nice pleasant society with its distribution. If that is not being accomplished, those working saps (us) are fools for continuing in the current mode.

Apple Orders 10 Million Tablets? 221

Arvisp writes "According to a blog post by former Google China president Kai-Fu Lee, Apple plans to produce nearly 10 million tablets in the still-unannounced product's first year. If Lee's blog post is to be believed, Apple plans to sell nearly twice as many tablets as it did iPhones in the product's first year."

Comment Re:That's weird (Score 1) 664

I really do think that is the only thing going for this. It has to be the cheapest thing around. Jane or John Doe goes to Wal-Mart and next to the >$500 laptops is this and it is cheap as hell but does everything they need. They get something new that just works for them. Just how cheap?

Submission + - Common Diabetic Drug Delivers Killing Blow to Can (aacrjournals.org) 1

SubtleGuest writes: "In the latest issue of Cancer Research, a breakthrough study shows that Metformin, a cheap and common diabetic medicine, kills cancer stem cells- the cells postulated to be responsible for tumor resistance and recurrence after chemotherapy. It has been known that diabetics taking Metformin experience lower cancer rates, and now it is apparent why that may be and how it may apply to non-diabetics as well. When combined with Doxorubicin to kill non-stem cancer cells, the results are nothing short of astonishing: total remission in a mouse xenograft model. The results are achieved at levels below the dosage needed for diabetic control, opening many new avenues in cancer treatment and prevention."

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