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Comment deflazacort costs $2000 or less in Canada/EU (Score 1) 311

That's a terrible example for this article as this was a drug that had been around for decades that just got approved in the US and is dirt cheap everywhere else. For the cost of doing trials and getting FDA approval, Marathon gets a 45x markup. Whereas previously, patients could buy this drug from overseas, now that it's approved by the FDA, they can no longer do that. So they have to pony up the $89K (minus whatever discounts Marathon offers to try and appease the mob). That's BS. The reform has to start at the FDA. If a drug is approved in a place like Canada, where I'm sure they're not just passing out hemlock and saying this might cure something, the process here should at the very least be shortened for approval and if the drug is already available from an existing company(ies), then they should not be handing out these sweetheart deals, like the one to Marathon, to essentially gouge all Americans with these ridiculous prices. The FDA and the Congress are complicit with the drug industry lobbyists for creating this environment where America pays far more for every drug than in the rest of the world. We're floating Big Pharma's profits and their marketing budgets because no one in Washington DC has the will to stand up and protect the American consumer.

Comment To sell their overpriced, higher capacity SSDs (Score 1) 675

They've also eliminated the ability for you to expand your storage with a JetDrive or other SD card so that if you need, say 512GB, you need to buy the more expensive configuration from them. For a lot of things, like picture or document storage, you can get away with and SD storage device and avoid the Apple toll. Not anymore.

Comment There's only one leg on his chair (Score 1) 904

His argument is that EV adoption will be like iPhone. The iPhone was so superior to flip phones people had to gave it. So his argument goes that EVs are so 'superior' to internal combustion vehicles that they'll see the same adoption rate. What a crock. The iPhone didn't require you to adopt a new charging paradigm; you already had 120V (or 220V) electric socket in your abode that you used for your flip phone. Fine if you have a house, install your charger in your garage or in your driveway, but do we really think chargers are going to appear in apartment parking lots? Will renters want to pay for them. Or will Uncle Sam force property owners to install them?

EVs remind me of CFL light bulbs. Daft, inconvenient (see how long it takes for one to come on at night in Minnesota in January), stupid things that were shoved down our throats by the government while LED bulbs that are vastly superior were still in development. Somebody just needed to take a timeout and wait a few more years for the correct technology to arrive. When they get FCVs right, then we'll have our vehicle of the future. New battery technology? We might as well be waiting on cold fusion. A fill up with hydrogen or CNG will take about as long as a fill-up with gasoline. I don't see you ever recharging a battery that fast without blowing it up.

And what's the range of a Tesla S with a boat trailer, anyway?

Comment Re:I would sell it (Score 1) 654

Bus lanes in almost every setting add to congestion and are an inefficient use of roads. I worked (and road the bus) in one of the only places in the US where a dedicated bus lane ever worked, the approach to the Lincoln Tunnel between NJ and NY. For about 3 hours every morning, they took one outbound (from NY) lane and converted it to an inbound bus lane. During that commute time, that lane was full of buses, carrying about 20x the density of cars in adjacent lanes. Also, this was one lane of three outbound which were not heavily used in the morning (people live in NJ and work in NY). That's your absolutely best case scenario. It likely works in other major metro areas for short periods of time in the same way. But now take a more typical small US city and take one of two lanes and convert it to buses only and then put one bus on it every 5 minutes. That's about the maximum density of buses where I live now in Austin TX on Guadalupe, which is a major artery to UT and downtown and probably the most dense 'mass transit' we have. One bus every 5 minutes in that lane is 10 people/minute being conveyed down Guadalupe. In one minute, 30-60 cars can use that same lane. That's 3-6x the capacity if only one person is in each car!

I'm all for mass transit, but it doesn't work at all well in most of the U.S. precisely because the density of our cities and towns is nowhere near that of, say, Europe and the mobility of our workforce is far higher. Add to that most cities pushing 'mixed-use' development makes them even less likely to create the dense, business core where the jobs are that makes mass transit from outlying, largely residential, areas efficient. NY works because it was a damned island and it grew up rather than out and a crap ton of people work there from all over the tri-state area and many of us took trains or buses because they were more convenient than a car (but often times still not cheaper).

In Austin, where I live now, this is a joke. The jobs and people are spread all over Travis and the adjacent counties. I could buy a house tomorrow near where I work and maybe take a bus (although unless your 9-5, the schedules are terrible), but then I'd change jobs and there would be no remotely reasonable path for me. We can't all buy new houses or rent new apartments every time we change jobs!

If you look at some of the other growth areas in the US you'll see the same idiocy. A lot of green types pushing mass transit at the same time they're railing against dense development. Well, you can't have it both ways and in the US land is cheap and outside of the major metro areas it's cheaper to grow out than up, so we need to get over thinking public transport is an option in most places and build efficient roads so we're not all sitting in traffic jams puking out more CO than we have to until electric cars are not basically a joke.

Comment With one-way streets right is the same as left (Score 1) 363

Seriously, NY is the land of one-way streets. Even in the outer boroughs, the number of two-way streets is vanishingly small. There is no practical difference in the position of cars vs. pedestrians in this scenario. On any turn, I'll be turning into pedestrian traffic. When you walk in NYC, you're head is on a swivel. You pay attention or you risk getting hit and if you're in a car, you end up in the middle of intersections waiting on pedestrians. I'd be surprised if Google's algorithm didn't actually favor right hand turns in NYC, as in most places right-on-red is still legal and having driven their for over 3 decades, it's like UPS says, you get there faster if you restrict yourself to right turns.

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