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Comment Re:Something deeper.. (Score 0) 448

> Companies should have the right to pick whoever they want whatever method they please.

I bet you think you sound intelligent when you say that, keepin' it real, being objective, and everything. "Life should be a meritocracy!" screams person who is too unfamiliar with history to notice how humans have never achieved a meritocracy in societies with zero laws barring discrimination throughout history. But if you spend two seconds thinking about it, what you're saying is fucking dumb. Companies can pick whoever they want so long as they obey the law, one of which is not discriminating against gender, race, and other factors, because to let them pick whoever they want would be stupid enough to think that a "leave the companies alone" market discourages or prevents discrimination. Never has, never will.

Comment Re:No they aren't denying it (Score 5, Interesting) 654

Climate Change is not a religious issue for those who "deny" it. (The other side, arguably yes...) You're confusing it with Evolution.

But interestingly, the "reasoning" and rhetoric of global warming denial is almost identical to that of evolution denial.

E.g., both promote the notion that they are up against a global conspiracy of scientists.

Comment Re:Epipen cost: $30, regulatory costs: $30 mil+ (Score 1) 326

Ya know, we got on fine without epipens so long as people had the notion that they were at least somewhat responsible for dealing with their own shit. Naturally a market where epipens are much more profitable prefers that people are too helpless to use a needle and syringe.

As to diverting to drug users -- anyone can order bulk needles/syringes from any veterinary supply house, and they are cheap, around $20/100 (and if you buy Monoject brand, they can last for years -- I actually have some over 40 years old and still good). You can also get boxfuls of the tiny ones for insulin OTC at Costco and probably elsewhere (I believe in every state but New York, which requires a Certificate of Need).

As to shelf life, as I said I used to keep epi on hand (when I lived in rattlesnake and nasty-bees country and frequently had to dose a bitten/stung dog) but I found from direct experience that the stale date was to be believed; a month or so later the stuff was no good, and it was stored in a dark fridge. Because of that it wound up mostly wasted, and I gave it up in favor of keeping atropine on hand, which for the purpose works about as well -- and keeps a lot longer. (The current bottle is stale-dated 1991 and still works as good as new.)

Manufacturing processes vary a lot, tho. I haven't read up on epi but I have on LT4, and there the shelf life varies from 6 months to 3 years depending on the tablet binder -- but I have seen some that was no good right off the shelf (the reference brand, no less), and another that was still good 25 years later (and a B-rated generic at that). If that mfgr did the testing on that latter batch... well, the results wouldn't reflect anyone else's product, let alone typical reality. May also depend on the mfgr'ing fail rate (again, dunno about epi, but for LT4 the recall rate is ~50%).

I wonder how many "needs a 2nd dose" were actually cases where the potency had silently and prematurely faded. AFAIK there's no good way to test that with a dose in the field, other than "it didn't work". With some drugs (eg. oxytocin) you can use it a long time after the stale date, you just have to double or triple the dosage to account for lost potency.

Comment Re:Epipen cost: $30, regulatory costs: $30 mil+ (Score 1) 326

Why go to all that bother? single-use needle-and-syringes are available anywhere for about 30 cents each. If your life depends on it, you can bloody well take five minutes to learn how to use it.

Also, yes, epi DOES go bad -- I used to keep it on hand, and I found it rather reliably goes bad about a month after the stale date. It may not change color either.

Comment Re:Epipen cost: $30, regulatory costs: $30 mil+ (Score 1) 326

If "getting the wrong dose" is a problem, provide syringes only in the correct size for a single dose. After that, as you say any idiot can learn to do it. And if someone's life depends on it, well, if they're unwilling to learn something so manifestly simple, maybe they have different problems.

Further, veterinary epinephrine is the same damn thing. It's about 50 cents per cc at 1:1000. (Obey the stale date, it does not keep well.) Goes to show what the stuff actually costs.

Comment Re:Connectng (Score 1) 76

Your front door can be broken into. Yet you still lock it, because doors are useful and the pragmatic likelihood that somebody will break down your door is a lot lower than somebody walking into it unlocked. The real question I have to wonder if what do hackers have to gain from hacking a car? If the barrier to entry is high enough, there are plenty of easier ways of causing people harm, stealing the car, or whatever other police-procedural fantasy crime you can think of.

Comment Re:bad? (Score 1) 76

If you ask the "right" people, apparently the barn has been "fully engulfed and about to collapse" for thousands of years now. Shit happens, we fix the shit, and try to get it as right going forward as is reasonably possible. The way people talk, it's like some kind of massive collective failure that will bring about the end of days *any day now* that humans are not perfect.

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