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Comment Re: You've gotta be smarter than a bumper sticker (Score 2) 555

From what I understand, the R&D for many drugs are researched at public institutions using public funding. Many drug manufacturers hop on to the gravy train at some point and may fund 50% of the research so that they can claim exclusive rights to said drug. Tax payers are still funding a good chunk of those costs. Additionally drug makers have been milking products for decades. Look at the Epi Pen. It was made in the 1970's and approved in 1987 by the FDA. Yet somehow the price goes up every year. They have more then made their costs back 10 fold. This appears to be the norm for drug manufacturers. Inevitably us consumer pay for both the cost of the drug with an x increase in price per year and pay for a good chunk of the research. The drug companies have many cash cows that they didn't have to invest too much in, compared to the returns they get out of it. Maybe the drug manufacturers can use more of their own money to fund more research instead of giving multi millions dollar bonuses to executives.

Comment Re:"Firewall" (Score 1) 313

I was thinking the exact same thing. Firewalls block specific network functions not query functions in a database. That's done by ACLs and basic user security as far as I know. I guess they could of set things up in a funky database where the DNC stores the most basic info in a core database that has sim links to each campaigns individualized data in their private networks. I guess you could block what is being viewed that way by preventing the main database from even reaching the individual sub-databases held by each campaign. In the most basic sense I guess you could use a firewall for that. Seems clunky though. Then again I am not a database person.

Comment Students only need Internet access. (Score 1) 835

I support 900 machines and about 2 dozen servers on a community campus. If the college has done things right. The only access any student will have from their personal laptops is internet access.

Generally the classroom/lab computers will have no interaction what so ever with a student computer. We go out of our way to prevent the student computers from infecting or even being able to connect to the academic\business networks. The students do have a wireless network which depending on the campus implementation of their wifi shouldn't have problems with linux.

Comment Re:How does this even work? (Score 1) 301

A very reasonable explanation but there is still a huge glaring problem I see.

The proceeds from the sale of the buildings will be spent on that fiscal year to close any gaps in the budget. There wont be any left over money so where are they getting the rent money from? Where are they going to get the money to buy them back in a few years? The money is gone and can only be made back thru taxes they collect. Which obviously are not enough.

As you say its enough to help get some cash on hand to pay the bills but for only that year. If they are dumping the proceeds from the sale into the current budget then the money is gone. You kind of contradict yourself saying that they will be using the money to pay rent and have something to start with to buy the buildings back but they are doing this to pay off their current debt. The fact is though they wont have a dime of that money left over in a year if they do pay their debts with this money. Kind of a catch 22 I would say.

Thats why it only partially makes sense to me. Its nothing but a loss.

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