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Comment Monopolies (Score 1) 52

>"the U.S. "is the only developed nation on Earth which allows pharmaceutical companies to set their own prices."

There is nothing inherently wrong with a free market..... as long as the market really is free and isn't being controlled by unregulated monopolies. That is what we are seeing happen with things like the Epi-Pen. And in cases where patents are creating artificial monopolies, we have to examine if there should be regulation (as we rightfully regulate all other monopolies).

As for the backlog at the FDA for generics- that is just inexcusable.

Oh, and yes, I am one of the people that must have an Epi-Pen or risk losing my life if I accidentally eat a nut (which happened once and nearly did so). So yes, I have a horse in this race...

Comment Re:Free space wiping controversial? (Score 1) 477

If it was a Republican that got caught doing it, you'd probably go nuts about it.

You mean like when Bush's Whitehouse deleted 22 million emails? Nobody actually gives a shot about Hillary's emails. But the GOP knows that people are so tech illiterate that they can frame it as "Hillary funneled all of our state secrets to Benghazi Terrorists to help them kill our diplomat!"

Comment Here we go again... (Score 2) 41

>"will walk you through the process of using a text message to confirm your mobile device as a secondary layer of security for your PSN account"

Please realize that all this is, is a way for businesses to capture your mobile phone number and then abuse it with marketing. Almost GUARANTEED. Any "security" that requires you to disclose your phone number is a HORRIBLE idea.

Comment Re:I always use my home as an example (Score 1) 146

The difference is that it costs them nothing to leave it unfixed. If however you couldn't give Google $80 a month to come pick you up they would fix it really quick. Amazon and FedEx and others keep a database attached to addresses which allow for manual corrections and they implement them instantly because it costs them money to go to the wrong place or fail to find your address.

Uber's mapping is horrifically aweful, but they rely on a GPS waypoint to set your pickup location so they don't care either.

Comment Re:Vote for Jill Stein and Gary. (Score 1) 526

>"Your philosophy is basically, "Even though the system sucks, I don't have the sack to try and change stuff. Voting for a winner is much more important." "

Actually, my philosophy is that the system does suck, very badly, and we need to focus our efforts on trying to fix the system because the spoiler effect is very real and won't go away.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?...
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

When faced with the "lesser of two evils", voters can't vote for third parties because they rightfully know their vote will likely work AGAINST what they want. Voting for a third party will almost always mean a vote taken away from a major candidate that is closer to what you want, thus supporting someone you less want to win.

Comment It is not a single scale (Score 1) 183

>"Facebook knows a lot more about its users than they think. For instance, the New York Times reports, the company is categorizing its users as liberal, conservative, or moderate. "

First, it doesn't know more than I think... but, then, I am not a user.

In any case, the political spectrum is not a single scale of left and right. Never has been. That is a gross over-simplification of how things actually are. "Conservative" and "Liberal" mean absolutely nothing out of context. You can be conservative economically and liberal socially, for example.

See this for interesting information and a test: https://www.politicalcompass.o...

Comment Ludicrous (Score 1) 173

>"The P100D Ludicrous upgrade costs $10,000 for customers who have ordered a P90D Ludicrous but haven't taken delivery, or $20,000 for owners who already have that vehicle type."

What is ludicrous is not just the speed, but the price! :)

Oh, and do note, in that mode your range will be ludicrously low...

Comment Re:is comcast conning me? (Score 1) 141

a 70 mph windstorm will bring down so many Douglas Fir trees that it can take two weeks to restore power to some areas. During any of these our land line will continue to work as long as the phone line itself isn't broken,

What makes you think the lines are separate? I've had my power go out from downed douglas fir trees numerous times. Never had my cell phone go out in the PNW once. If I was designing a system to provide emergency communication in a disaster area I wouldn't rely on physical wires to every destination.

Comment Re:They shouldn't change much, just iterate. (Score 2) 226

>"- We'res the Firefox Ad or the Moz equivalent? ... Mozilla needs a presentation video of its own. Hero size, professionally done. People want Moooovieezzz! nowadays."

Um, please NO. Or if you absolutely MUST, then make DAMN sure it is separate, small (with ability to optionally make it larger), and doesn't autoplay.

Comment Re:The speeds are good enough! (Score 1) 50

I'd rather have a consistent 5Mb/s speed that's truly unlimited and not throttled.

Really? What if the throttle is at 0.5MB/s * 60s * 60m * 24hr * 30 days = 1.2TB?

I would rather for most applications have high burst potential to decide where and when I want my data than to arbitrarily spread the transfer out over days or hours.

All else being equal faster is better. And I would very much be interested in uncapping for bursts by the MB like Amazon AWS.

Comment Re:Javascript (Score 1, Informative) 226

>"Maybe what we need is Javascript sandboxing that can pause scripts in tabs without focus, limit CPU usage, autokill pages, and so on."

BINGO..... +100

And while we are at it, how about something, ANYTHING, in the browser that will help us STOP sites from endless animation and tight loops when we are just trying to read a screen. And before someone mentions "Noscript" yet AGAIN, that is NOT a workable solution for "normal" users. It either totally breaks sites, or is a nightmare to config and deal with, or both.

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