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Comment Re: Single payer system would avoid this problem (Score 1) 326

The trouble is, a good deal of the price gouging we see in the United States, is a result of the pharmaceutical industry trying to subsidize the low prices in other countries. A thing costs a given amount, and if they don't making it up somewhere, the won't be around to make anything at all.

I don't know what the solution looks like, but we definitely need to remove profit as a motivator from the entire medical industry, as those two things just don't mix very well. Too much of medicine is assuring people they're being helped, while burglary is being done. The tricky part is removing the money from the equation, while still maintaining a system that people want to participate in. I fear we may never get there, without a post-scarcity economy.

Comment Re:Cell Phone (Score 3, Insightful) 195

This thinking really bothers me, and while I know the principle you cite is generally true, I can't help but think that by far, I'd prefer to live next to a slob than someone who's going to tell me what I can and can't do on my own property. I can't speak for anyone else on this, but I, for one, would abandon any bargain on the sale of a house, upon being told that there's an HOA involved. That is a total deal breaker. If I'm going to buy a house, I'm buying a place to live. If it's an investment that I want, I'll try venture capital, trade goods or the stock market. Or comic books, as I'm already doing that.


Apple's Rigid Negotiating Tactics Cost Us 'Skinny Bundles' For Apple TV, Says Report ( 111

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Next Web: According to a new report from The Wall Street Journal, the reason we don't have actual TV channels on the Apple TV is because the company tried to strong-arm networks -- and failed. Apple's Senior Vice President Eddy Cue is said to have taken the wrong approach. In one meeting, he reportedly told TV executives that "time is on my side." Cue is also accused of bluffing executives by claiming other networks -- specifically Disney and Fox -- were already signed up. The company also refused to show off the Apple TV interface, or "sketch it on the back of a napkin," as one media executive requested. Cue also tried to strike hard bargains, says WSJ. He reportedly asked that Disney put off the royalties Apple would have to pay for several years. Those 'skinny bundles' we heard so much about were what Apple was planning to build its TV experience around, too. In 2015, a bundle consisting of Fox, ESPN and Disney content was conceptualized (and priced at $30), but no agreements were ever signed. In an effort to create more original programming, Apple is scheduled to release its 'Planet of the Apps' TV show about app developers next year.

Comment Re:Really Obvious Solution (Score 1) 1144

Australia also doesn't share borders with countries that have rampant illegal drug trade going on. It's isolated pretty well, and having a limited number of locations where entry is possible makes it difficult to smuggle conspicuous things in. America has Mexico and a whole bunch of nearby island nations in the Caribbean where all sorts of crazy shit is going down. Whether it's a matter of catapulting a package across a relatively unpatrolled part of the border, or discretely landing a motorboat on a Southern beach, people bring weapons here both for their own use, and also to sell. What worked in Australia isn't likely to work very well, here.

Comment Re:Virginia Tech (Score 1) 1144

When the state of Florida introduced requirements for registered gun ownership, they started a program to keep track of gun-related crimes involving registered gun owners. They discontinued the program after several years because there just weren't enough incidents to justify spending money on tracking them. A fair number of the incidents they did document involved a registered gun owner using his gun to save the life of a police officer.

The incident I think GP is talking about was one of the copycats following Columbine, and it was, in fact, a teacher who went out to his car, and obtained his gun, then proceeded to end the situation.

Wide-spread legal gun ownership really does make people generally safer.

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