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Comment Re:Ban drug ad's like most developed nations do! (Score 1) 266

If we're being honest, it doesn't take a lot of training to do an intramuscular injection to the thigh.

Many people with life threatening allergies are carrying pre-loaded syringes now since they can't afford the EpiPen.

The EpiPen came out in the mid-70s. That means the patents are expired.Their monopoly primarily exists now because the FDA has an extreme fear of insignificant differences. Otherwise, it shouldn't actually cost much over $40 by now for two.

Comment Re: Stop it with the SJW crap!!! (Score 1) 679

What's truly amazing is that AGW is apparently now somehow related to social justice, in the minds of some people.

Although I guess that's the expected end result of increasingly paranoid conspiracy theories that are needed to explain all the things that do not work as they want.

Submission + - Is LED, light-emitting diode, making DST, daylight saving time, obsolete?

Max_W writes: More and more countries stop using the DST, daylight saving time. These are India, China, Russia, Brazil, etc. The LED technology significantly reduces energy consumption on lighting. Do we really need this trouble of changing time on our clocks twice a year? Besides, the DST makes the software excessively complicated and prone to "fluid time" bugs.

Comment It's hard to believe. (Score 2) 65

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: Stop it with the SJW crap!!! (Score 1) 679

Mostly by those that I tried to look after. I was actually trying to get people to understand that we're heading for disaster, only to notice that I'm wasting my resources doing so. Then I realized that I do not have kids and that I will not experience the worst effects of our ignorance in my lifetime and from there it was only a rather small step to not giving a fuck anymore.

Submission + - New Fantom Ransomware Poses As Windows Update (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: A security researcher for AVG has discovered a new piece of ransomware called Fantom that masquerades as a critical Windows update. Victims who fall for the ruse will see a Windows screen acting like it's installing the update, but what's really happening is that the user's documents and files are being encrypted in the background. Fantom is based on the open-source EDA2 ransomware project, and unfortunately there's no way to decrypt the files without the culprit's help. The scam starts with a pop-up labeled as a critical update from Microsoft. Once a user decides to apply the fake update, it extracts files and executes an embedded program called WindowsUpdate.exe. As with other EDA2 ransomware, Fantom generates a random AES-128 key, encrypts it using RSA, and then uploads it to the culprit. From there, Fantom targets specific file extensions and encrypts those files using AES-128 encryption. Users affected by this are instructed to email the culprit for payment instructions. It's not clear how much it costs to decrypt the files or if the person responsible even follows through once payment is received.

Comment Re:Conflating several issues here (Score 1) 266

Canada isn't some third world mud hole. They have a regulatory process as well. I have every confidence in the drugs sold there. Same for the EU.

The FDA has gone well past the sweet spot and is now killing people rather than saving them. Their desire to have their asses kissed has gotten to the point that they are 're-evaluating' drugs with centuries of proven safety just because they pre-dated their authority. The result is that the prices jump by a factor of 100.(Yes, literally the price is now 100 TIMES what it was before).

Drugs people can't afford might as well not exist. It seems that health care is one of those things where a free market just won't work.

Comment Re:Epinephrine cost per dose in about 50 cents (Score 2) 266

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?

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