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Comment You don't "have" to carry the epipen! (Score 1) 305

Just carry the small injection package, small tin box with a needle, syringe, bottle of Eppie and it's just a couple bucks. The epipen is a CONVENIENCE item. I don't know why everyone is making this out like it's a frigging big deal! It's a CONVENINCE ITEM. No one is pricing this medicine OUT of your price range. It's a CONVENIENCE item. Just use the regular stuff for a couple bucks. If most people did that, they would either drop the price, or go out of business.

Comment It's hard to believe. (Score 4, Interesting) 92

The amount of data you need assemble a global navigation system is enormous. You don't hire some intern to transcribe data out of Wikipedia, you license it from companies like Tele Atlas.

Now for geographic place names you'd turn to sources like the USGS GNIS system for the US, whatever the local equivalent of GNIS is, or for places that don't have that datasets like GNIS the DoD's Defense Mapping Agency.

It can't possibly be that Bing gets their place/position data mainly from Wikipedia. The only thing I can think is that they did some kind of union of all the geographic name sources they could find in order to maximize the chance of getting a hit on a place name search, and somehow screwed up prioritizing the most reliable sources first.

Comment Re: Why do we even have congress? (Score 1) 110

I always laugh at ppl like you. You will claim that far right fascists are actually liberal. For example, YOU have called W liberal. Yet, since the great depression, he is considered the most conservative president by historical ranking. Much more so than even reagan. Basically, you have to go back to Harding and Coolidge to get presidents that conservative. And now, you claim that another far right fascists like trump is a liberal even though his policies are further right than Coolidge and harding. Amazing

Comment Re: Why do we even have congress? (Score 1) 110

I agree that having THIS CONgress is worthless. Few of them , esp in the GOP have done a fucking thing. Hopefully most other ppl are more intelligent than you and know that these last 2 CONgress are in official history as America's worst congresses. Yes, historian rank them as having accomplished the least even when we need them so badly. They have submitted the fewest number of bills. Hopefully, the GOP loss BOTH houses of CONgress and the GOP then breaks up.

Comment Re: It's research... (Score 1) 136

Tee hee! Back in the day, one of the points I made to the old farts was that I had passed the 20 WPM exam and had my K6BP call to show for it, but refused to use the code on the air until the requirement was gone. Nobody spat at me or punched me out, the worst that ever happened was a poor behaving slim using my call and a postcard from the ARRL observer who thouht it was me.

Comment Re:Epinephrine cost per dose in about 50 cents (Score 3, Insightful) 305

Well, it's the very fact that the alternative is, possibly, death that makes it possible for a company to do this. This thing occupies a peculiar corner case where the demand is modest, but inelastic.

This means a monopolist can milk the market by raising the price to insane levels, but because the market is small no competitor wants to enter it. Were the market to become competitive it is so small that the newly entered competitors wouldn't make much off their efforts. This is contrasted with statins, which are blockbuster drugs. You don't need a very large slice of that pie for the slice to be very large indeed.

The same thing happened last year with Duraprim. If you have toxoplasmosis, you absolutely have to have it. But how many people get toxoplasmosis?

Comment Re:It's research... (Score 3, Informative) 136

WSPR tells you when communication paths are open between two points at a specific frequency and S/N ratio. This is useful but does not span the extent of research that HAARP is directed to. One of the most interesting things about HAARP is that it can incite the formation of radio-reflective regions in the ionosphere. That takes a lot of power.

Comment Re:Useful for desalination plants? (Score 1) 78

Well, to answer your question, of course if we covered the entire ocean, or significant fractions of it, sure there'd be undesirable ecological effects. Just like anything else that is scaled up endlessly without allowance for what economists call "externalities".

If you could internalize all externalities then the market would provide a perfect solution without any kind of regulation whatsoever. But since nobody knows how to do that, then I imagine that you'll get two regimes: (1) do whatever you want as long as you grease the the correct palms (in authoritarian states like China) or (2) go through the rigmarole of doing environmental impact studies before getting permits to beuild (in democratic societies).

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