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Comment Re:No LIMITS (Score 1) 311

See, here's the issue.

NHS and other non-US markets negotiate prices with drug companies, often forcing them to sell those medications at a loss or lose access entirely to that market. In order to make that loss back, they have to shift the cost of the drug to markets who do not force pricing - especially the USA. That's one big reason why the US has jacked up prices - we are effectively subsidizing medical treatments for the rest of the world.

When you implement price controls and force a producer to sell something at a loss, they have to jack up the price elsewhere, or else go out of business. TANSTAAFL.

Comment Re:If self driving cars take off (Score 1) 207

Farm equipment such as combines and tractors are already self guided via GPS, so yes - you can have an off-road vehicle with an autopilot.

I imagine for recreational uses, traditional cars, motorcycles, RVs and the like will all be around for a while with manual drive.

Holy crap though - an autopilot on an RV would be awesome. You can get up and grab a sandwich, take a leak, screw your wife, whatever - all while driving down the interstate.

Submission + - SPAM: The race for autonomous cars is over. Silicon Valley lost.

schwit1 writes: Up until very recently the talk in Silicon Valley was about how the tech industry was going to broom Detroit into the dustbin of history. Companies such as Apple, Google, and Uber — so the thinking went -were going to out run, out gun, and out innovate the automakers. Today that talk is starting to fade. There's a dawning realization that maybe there's a good reason why the traditional car companies have been around for more than a century.

Last year Apple laid off most of the engineers it hired to design its own car. Google (now Waymo) stopped talking about making its own car. And Uber, despite its sky high market valuation, is still a long, long way from ever making any money, much less making its own autonomous cars.

To paraphrase Elon Musk, Silicon Valley is learning that "Making rockets is hard, but making cars is really hard." People outside of the auto industry tend to have a shallow understanding of how complex the business really is. They think all you have to do is design a car and start making it. But most startups never make it past the concept car stage because the move to mass production proves too daunting.

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Comment Ahem.... (Score 5, Insightful) 660

> "You can't take an 18-month training program and produce a machine-learning scientist."

That's fine - if you're looking for machine-learning scientists.

Unfortunately, the majority of the recipients of these H1B's are low paid scab labor, imported to cut labor costs.

Raising the cost of H1B's should take care of that loophole while still allowing GoDaddy to import their "machine-learning scientists".

Submission + - Carrie Fisher passes away (people.com) 1

wiggles writes: “It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning,”

Comment Re:Why has it taken [all] this long? (Score 1) 140

ftfa:

We cannot comment on specific patents, not now, not ever. Red Hat has determined that it is now acceptable for Fedora to include MP3 decoding functionality (not specific to any implementation, or binding by any unseen agreement). Encoding functionality is not permitted at this time.

It appears Red Hat has entered into some sort of double secret licensing agreement with Fraunhofer that they can't disclose the details on.

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