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Comment Re:"we don't even know if it's accurate informatio (Score 1) 689

Unfortunately I don't have mod points. Hopefully someone will mod this up. But given you're only at a "3" at the moment, that pretty much answers your questions.

People aren't fact checking and just won't. In this day and age, it's easy enough to do. And I would certainly expect more from modded up commenters here. But people insist on firing off assertions as if they were fact. If the people here can't even be bothered, I have no hope for the general public.

It's a shame really.

Comment Re:Twitter follower, writing an argumentative essa (Score 2) 410


let me save us all the trouble:

Question 1: You've become an overnight household name as a consequence of a manufactured controversy. Since then, you've managed to grow a cult-following by engaging the controversy rather than hiding from the attention. Do you enjoy your new celebrity status enough to justify the headaches the media attention has brought you?

"On the advice of counsel I invoke my 5th amendment privilege against self incrimination and respectfully decline to answer your question."

Question 2: Prescription drug prices don't seem to follow the same price trends as most other consumer commodities. Can you cast some insight into the process of pricing a prescription medication? Do you have any thoughts on the fairness of the perception that drug prices are excessively volatile? Is this perception deserved? In either case, what are some of the underlying causes behind prescription drug price volatility?

"On the advice of counsel I invoke my 5th amendment privilege against self incrimination and respectfully decline to answer your question."

Question 3: Do you believe the environment for pricing pharmaceuticals in the United States is optimal, or favorable to innovation and research that best benefits patients?

"On the advice of counsel I invoke my 5th amendment privilege against self incrimination and respectfully decline to answer your question."

Question 4: You've frequently expressed your desire to invest more money in researching new treatments and cures for diseases. What changes or reforms to the United States healthcare industry and relevant regulations would be most effective in maximizing health outcomes for patients?

"On the advice of counsel I invoke my 5th amendment privilege against self incrimination and respectfully decline to answer your question."

Question 5: What is the single most counterproductive aspect of the United States legal and regulatory structure surrounding health care and drug research?

"On the advice of counsel I invoke my 5th amendment privilege against self incrimination and respectfully decline to answer your question."

Question 6: In most colleges, the computer science, computer engineering, and electrical engineering departments are awash with student interest in these majors. Do you feel that the healthcare industry is suffering from a "brain drain" or talent-loss as a result of differences in perceived profitability and ROI for those education dollars? If so: do you expect the common desire to found a Silicon Valley "Unicorn" startup could be redirected to inspire those students to research treatments for diseases if the government changed its approach to healthcare regulations?

"On the advice of counsel I invoke my 5th amendment privilege against self incrimination and respectfully decline to answer your question."

Question 7: In my biology class, I learned that there are many sponges in the mediterranean which appeared to offer opportunities to research new antibiotics. The academic who was researching these sponges lamented about a lack of interest from the pharmaceutical industry in researching new antibiotics because the ones we had now worked "well enough". When I encounter news stories like this: I'm left with some level of dissonance between two anecdotes which seem impossible to reconcile. Clearly, victims of war are not especially well-equipped to vote with their dollars, but this alleged lack of interest in researching new antibiotics seems endemic of a more systemic issue. Do you believe the search for new antibiotics deserves more research funding than they currently receive? Is there a hype-gap between the threat of antibiotic resistance being portrayed in the media and the risk antibiotic resistance actually poses? Do you believe that antibiotic research funding reflects an appropriate priority level relative to the risk these superbugs pose?

"On the advice of counsel I invoke my 5th amendment privilege against self incrimination and respectfully decline to answer your question."

Question 8: Antibiotic resistant tuberculosis is alleged to be a growing problem in some developing countries such as India. Do you believe that this would be less of a problem if generic drugs were unavailable? Would increasing the supply of "affordable antibiotics" likely make this problem better, or worse? Is it hopeless to attack a public health problem by manipulating drug prices, when the core issue is malinvestment in sanitation infrastructure?

"On the advice of counsel I invoke my 5th amendment privilege against self incrimination and respectfully decline to answer your question."

Now we can move on to the next interview.

Comment Why is this an H1-B issue (Score 1) 338

I'm not saying I agree with the outsourcing here, or the issues with training replacements, or the other non-sense. But I'm not sure I understand how this is an H1-B issue. I can't see where it says that people are actually coming here to take jobs and work. They may be coming here for training, but I don't see in the summary how they are displacing people here.

It sounds to me like they are offshoring a lot of these positions. Are workers in India, for example, doing work in India as outsources considered H1-B workers?

I'm not a HR person and don't understand H1-B's. But a lot of the discussions seems to be around H1-Bs and I'm curious how this offshoring falls under that.

Comment Re:How can a taxi company... (Score 1) 156


I don't understand how Uber works, as I'm not a driver. I assumed you paid an Uber driver to take you from point A to point B for some amount. The driver kept some percent and the rest went to Uber.

How does Uber lose money on this transaction. Or, more to the point, how does Uber lose money on each ride?

I have the same question as the parent post. It seems like Uber is an App that provides a matching service between driver and rider. Aside from Uber employees, servers, and whatever administrative costs they incur to keep the thing running, what else is there? I can't imagine how they can hemorrhage this kind of cash.

It seems like they should be raking in the money. As near as I can tell, Uber is basically collecting a royalty on ever ride that takes place.

What are we missing here?

Submission + - Sharing ransomware code for educational purposes is asking for trouble (

Mark Wilson writes: Trend Micro may still be smarting from the revelation that there was a serious vulnerability in its Password Manager tool, but today the security company warns of the dangers of sharing ransomware source code.

The company says that those who discover vulnerabilities need to think carefully about sharing details of their findings with the wider public as there is great potential for this information to be misused, even if it is released for educational purposes. It says that "even with the best intentions, improper disclosure of sensitive information can lead to complicated, and sometimes even troublesome scenarios".

The warning may seem like an exercise in stating the bleeding obvious, but it does serve as an important reminder of how the vulnerability disclosure process should work.

Comment Re:a bit young (Score 1) 99

My daughter,

does not have anywhere near the expertise you have, nor am I sure she ever will as she hasn't shown any kind of aptitude for this sort of thing.

That being said, her school bought a 3-d printer, and it's the shear wonder of the thing that excites her. They have to pay some nominal amount, depending on the size of whatever it is they want to print, and I'll happily give her a dollar to get some trinket printed, only because she finds the thing so fascinating.

That kind of excitement and wonder is hard to teach, buy, instill, etc... And here is a piece of technology, for a tiny dollar amount, that does that for her. I have no idea where it will lead, and in fact fully recognize that it may well not lead anywhere. But maybe, just maybe, it gets here jazzed on technology, certainly in ways that extend beyond what her i-device does.

Comment Re:Move more, eat less (Score 1) 496

It works because there is a lag in the time you are satiated to the time your stomach tells your brain you are satiated.

People consume far more calories than they really need, very early in a meal. Many, if not most people, will eat to a feeling of "fullness". That feeling is a somatic feeling.

The nerve signal to your brain, saying you have enough calories for energy now, can arrive to your brain some 15-20 minutes after you begin to eat, even if you've consumed more than enough calories to get through.

Eating slowly gives your brain time to catch up to your gut, and hence when you arrive at your caloric needs, your brain can tell you that you have had enough. This feeling of "fullness" is nervous system fullness, not the somatic "fullness" people think about when they think of feeling "full".

Drinking water doesn't help with calories per se, but it does give the person the "feeling" of being full (somatic), and can help slow eating down until the brain catches up. Same thing with eating slow, and putting your utensils down between bites.

Comment Re:Yes. It will. (Score 2) 146

Not sure how this is rated as +5 "Insightful". I to had not heard of "PewdiePie", but something called "Google" and "Wikipedia" tells me that he is quite the online celebrity, with an estimated net worth of $12,000,000 (yes, that's 12 Million dollars). You might think he's a "douchebag", and maybe he is a "douchebag", but his "douchbaggery" could buy and sell yours many times over.

Comment Re:But ... but ... gas is below 2 bucks man! (Score 1) 168

You are partially correct,

that the Middle East doesn't set prices, but Saudi Arabia has increased output:

and many analysts believe the increase in production is to make the price of other extraction technologies unprofitable. They may become profitable again, but when fuel prices are this cheap, it makes it difficult.

Comment Re:Why are you a corporate shill? (Score 1) 111

'..Why did you..."

because he's an idiot. And one of the most overrated, over-hyped idiots of the last 20+ years. It's hard to think of anyone who comes to mind even comparable.

Gladwell has a gift to take something that *easily* can be explained in a few pages, and turn it into an entire book, full of the same repetitive idea, chapter after chapter.

How he has become so popular is beyond me. The only thing I can guess is that he deludes people into thinking they are smarter for reading his stuff. I read a couple of his books and immediately saw him for what he was.

And really, why is this even a Slashdot interview?

Comment An interesting caveat (Score 5, Insightful) 216

" settled Thursday in a move that the woman's attorney speculated would deter future police "retaliation." ... "

But then this:

"...that she was "exercising a clearly established First Amendment right when she attempted to film the traffic stop in the absence of a police order to stop filming or leave the area."

Seems to imply that if the police had ordered her to stop filming or leave the area, then she could have been arrested had she continued.

So really, doesn't this just mean that Police will now simply order people to stop filming or leave the area in order to end the filming?

Comment Re:Offensive (Score 1) 622


let me fix this for you:

[edited for clarity]
"Passing should be the same for everyone. How long did we have racial profiling laws that made it impossible for equality to exist? Now, in one move, Virginia wants to completely defeat that. If they are going to profile kids based off their race, do they also seat kids based off their skin color; black kids at the back, Asians at the front so they can answer the question more easily, whites in the middle to be forgotten, with Hispanic students seated where ever? This is the same idea, just a different spin. This entire concept is offensive and unethical."

Good thing you are a black, disabled student. Otherwise you would not pass your writing test in Virginia. Feel free to graduate and move on.

Comment Re:Whats the difference... (Score 1) 486

But those numbers do not appear to be adjusted for inflation, which you have to take into account when making comparisons like you are. In 1990, the median income was around $49,000, in inflation adjusted dollars. In 2010, it was also just a tad under $49,000.

take care,

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