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Judge Rules Drug Maker Cannot Halt Sales of Alzheimer's Medicine

John Jorsett Re:Can you say... (266 comments)

yes, requiring a company WHO IS IN THE HEALTH-CARE BUSINESS to continue saving lives and not taking profits as the first thing.

yes, makes sense to me. but then again, I'm a human being, not a pycho CEO or politician.

there should be a law: if you are in the healthcare business (which is your choice) then you MUST put patients first above all else.

doctors have to swear this. why not the makers of drugs and such? it would fix a LOT of what is broken with the western world, if we did that. think of how much GOOD would be done to humanity, as a whole!

Why stop there? Let's force more companies to GO INTO the health care business, and sell the products the government mandates at prices government specifies. Google and Apple have a lot of cash on hand, let's make them put it to work for the benefit of "humanity, as a whole".

about two weeks ago
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Last Three Years the Quietest For Tornadoes Ever

John Jorsett Re:Time to openly admit... (187 comments)

Nothing new here. Everybody in the field (and most people outside it) know the limitations of weather forecasting.

And yet we're hectored continually that we need to implement costly and Draconian programs based on the predictions of models that don't match observed reality. That's not science, that's some unholy amalgam of politics, fear, profiteering, and insanity.

about two weeks ago
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Last Three Years the Quietest For Tornadoes Ever

John Jorsett Re:Good luck then (187 comments)

It's the quite before the storm.

Based on what's been happening lately, the safer bet is that it's the quiet before the placid.

about two weeks ago
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Google News To Shut Down In Spain On December 16th

John Jorsett robots.txt? (183 comments)

Does Google ignore robots.txt for news sites? If not, those sites could just set it to make all their content invisible. Viola, problem solved.

about two weeks ago
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NSF Accused of Misuse of Funds In Giant Ecological Project

John Jorsett Re:Loss of context and common sense (116 comments)

a) Strawman. No one is arguing that the expenses should just get a pass.

b) The article says "there was no legal wrongdoing, DCAA director Anita Bales told the hearing".

c) The cited expenses, which the parent refers to, are all in the range of categorization error rather than corruption. However, the article say that "36% of NEON’s budget proposal was questionable or undocumented". The article was silent on how much of the budget spent to date was questionable or undocumented, or whether the problems with the budget proposal were very many instances similar to the cited expenses or larger unmentioned problems were needed to get to the 36%. SO the article fails to give insight on whether the proximate problem is sloppy budgeting or something more nefarious (though you can make the case that sufficiently advances incompetence is indistinguishable from malice).

My late father, an accountant, always said that if you lack controls, it's a virtual certainty that you'll have people stealing from you. The description of the chaos in their bookkeeping, in which a third of their expenditures were unallowable or couldn't even be determined by an audit, is just the sort of situation he was describing. It's also reasonable to think that if they were that sloppy/incompetent/crooked in one area, that other areas of the project were equally affected, like the engineering.

about three weeks ago
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Romanian Officials Say Russia Finances European Fracking Protests

John Jorsett Thee not me (155 comments)

Already seeing some quasi-defenses of this here. Guess the "get the money out of politics" folks actually mean "get YOUR money out of politics, ours is fine."

about three weeks ago
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Harvard Students Move Fossil Fuel Stock Fight To Court

John Jorsett You're making the problem worse! (203 comments)

If you sell the stock, somebody has to buy it. You've now spread the problem of owning this filth to other people. Better to keep it sequestered in your enlightened hands, where it can't blight any further lives.

about a month ago
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Drone Sightings Near Other Aircraft Up Dramatically

John Jorsett This has the smell (132 comments)

This has the smell of a government agency putting out a story to justify the actions it has taken or is about to take. The FAA is obviously getting concerned that there's too much loose talk about reining in its rulemaking in this area, or circumscribing it, and wants to get out ahead of that. What better way to achieve that than to portray drones as endangering the public's lives every time they fly?

about a month and a half ago
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Undersized Grouper Case Lands In Supreme Court

John Jorsett Re: If they're going literal.... (251 comments)

Hey dope. The Senator (former Senator Ted Stevens, D-AK) who said the internet was "like a series of tubes" was referring to the fact that it has a finite throughput from any point A to any point B, which means that more traffic is likely to slow any individual packet down. The only way to relieve this pressure is to replace the infrastructure with new infrastructure with a higher capacity. Stevens was right.

So you're saying that when evaluating a statement, the context is revelatory of what was actually meant? Like, for example, when a law refers to "objects"? I'm in complete agreement. Apparently some others here on /. aren't.

about 1 month ago
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Australian Post Office Opens Mail Forwarding Warehouse In the USA

John Jorsett I'm not clear (142 comments)

After reading the links it's still not clear to me why this is occurring. Is it that sellers charge Australians more just because they can, and if so, are they not able to get away with it elsewhere? Do even huge online retailers like Amazon charge different prices depending on the country the items are going to? I'd have thought the US Federal Trade Commission would be scrutinizing these practices.

about 1 month ago
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Online Payment Firm Stripe Boots 3D Gun Designer Cody Wilson's Companies

John Jorsett Re:Lucky for Stripe (353 comments)

Luckily for Stripe, they're not beholden to some government definition of what they, as a corporation, decide NOT to process transactions for. Upper receiver, lower receiver, high power magnets,Shirts with sexual innuendo, Hello Kitty paraphernalia. Their terms of service, their call.

Unfortunately for that theory, payment processing companies, banks, and other similar outfits are opening their mail and seeing inquiries from government agencies about their relationship with Certain Firms. Not that it's being implied that there's anything wrong with doing business with Certain Firms, oh heavens no, they're just, you know, asking questions. And so, most of those questioned outfits decide that doing business with Certain Firms is more trouble than it's worth and drop them.If you're government and wanting to cut off the oxygen to Certain Firms with minimal fuss and expense, what nicer, cleaner way than to just kind of casually glance in their financial institutions' direction and watch them scatter?

about 2 months ago
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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

John Jorsett Re:Remember when WSJ had a modicrum of decency? (720 comments)

You are not misremembering, at one point WSJ published a lot of insightful business and economic commentary, and kept politics contained in the opinion pages. Now political narrative dominates all aspects and as a result business and economic aspect suffer. I stopped reading it for this reason - profit has no ideology, moment you view data through a lens of politics is the moment you stop noticing opportunities.

I've read the WSJ daily for decades and have yet to detect a conservative editorial bias on the non-opinion pages. It's the only readable paper any more because it does actual reporting and isn't puffed up with fluff and torn-from-the-AP-feed canned drivel.

about 2 months ago
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Facebook To DEA: Stop Using Phony Profiles To Nab Criminals

John Jorsett TOS violations (239 comments)

The Justice Department prosecuted Aaron Schwarz for violating JSTOR's Terms of Service, so how about prosecuting the DEA agents who violated Facebook's?

about 2 months ago
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The CDC Is Carefully Controlling How Scared You Are About Ebola

John Jorsett Inconsistency (478 comments)

some Republicans have called on the administration to ban travel from the most affected countries. [snip] Frieden and other officials say such a move would be counterproductive Remember back in July when the FAA banned air travel to and from Tel Aviv because one Hamas missile hit about a mile away from the airport? Now we have a deadly outbreak of disease in another part of the world, at least one person with that disease who has managed to enter the US and possibly infect others, and we still don't curtail travel from those areas? If you're going to do it for a relatively minor threat, it's insane not do do it for a major one.

about 3 months ago
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Goodbye, World? 5 Languages That Might Not Be Long For This World

John Jorsett First, define your terms (547 comments)

Before making a prediction, you have to define "death". If it's the complete absence of users of the language, then the answer is easy: no language ever dies. There'll always be somebody in some obscure corner of the planet who'll know and use it from time to time.

about 3 months ago
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NASA Study: Ocean Abyss Has Not Warmed

John Jorsett Re:we get it (295 comments)

Nice strawman. It's not about "the world ending" or "higher taxes" or "world government" at all. I don't know how you people twist a bit of warming into crap like that. We're burning fossil fuels, creating carbon dioxide, which is a greenhouse gas, and it's causing warmer temperatures. Those warmer temperatures will cause economic losses, so to cut our losses we should cut carbon dioxide emissions by generating electricity from non-fossil fuel sources.

Limiting carbon emissions carries its own severe economic impact, yet that seems to be the only one the climate change believers want considered as a solution. There have been numerous proposals that would work to cool the planet if that's what we want to do, and do it at much lower cost and without limiting carbon output. Primum non nocere.

about 3 months ago
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NASA Study: Ocean Abyss Has Not Warmed

John Jorsett Re:phase change (295 comments)

Yeah, it's not a constructive attitude to take. But, if I'm convinced that global warming is going to wipe out the human race, then anyone who is arguing on the other side is directly contributing to the extermination of humanity, and that's not going to endear me to them. And in a broader sense regarding "liberals", tolerant people can't be expected to be tolerant of intolerance. Same with religion - if I'm convinced that anyone not worshipping God is helping the devil to destroy the world, then I'm not really going to be sympathetic to atheists or other religions. Of course to someone who disagrees with me on any of these positions, I'm just some nutjob. But if I'm right, well, what otherwise outrageous actions are acceptable in order to save the world?

That's the "He was coming right for me!" defense, in which the actual threat doesn't matter, it's how you perceive it. I have a certain amount of sympathy for that in a life-or-death situation, but not in circumstances where there's lots of time for cool reflection. Taking the animus to the extreme where people want their opponents muzzled, imprisoned, or dead, as some have, isn't going to advance things, it's going to engender a war.

about 3 months ago
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Outsourced Tech Jobs Are Increasingly Being Automated

John Jorsett Re:grow your own (236 comments)

And reliability, and maintenance costs, and bandwidth costs, and probably things I'm overlooking as an outsider to the jobs.

That's enough to make it a complex system with multiple solutions for local minima.

And probably most important: taxation and regulation. Those have a profound effect on the bottom line.

about 3 months ago
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Conservative Groups Accuse FCC of Helping Net Neutrality Advocates File Comments

John Jorsett Re:If the libs are for it... (283 comments)

That was my thought. I don't even understand why the Koch brothers care. They don't have a dog in this fight. Why on earth go to the trouble of opposing net neutrality? I wonder if they walk around city parks slapping ice cream out of little kids' hands. It's not like they want the ice cream for themselves, they just don't want anybody else enjoying their treats.

The whole thing also flies in the face of the usual conservative talking points, that they're pro small business. Well, you eliminate net neutrality and new, small, innovative players who can't afford to pay for the "fast lane" suffer. There is no idealogical reason for conservatives to oppose net neutrality. It's simply a knee jerk reaction, libs are for it so we must be against it!

I don't know what conservatives think, because I'm not one, but I know that the prospect of the FCC getting its nose under the tent in regulating the internet fills me with dread. As for the Koch brothers, maybe they're thinking the same. And slapping ice cream out of toddler's hands is Michelle Obama's thing, is it not? Makes them fat.

about 3 months ago
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Conservative Groups Accuse FCC of Helping Net Neutrality Advocates File Comments

John Jorsett Re:If the libs are for it... (283 comments)

Clearly they dont get the concept of net neutrality because I dont know a single person who is opposed to this

They exist, and I've talked to them. With a little more thought on the subject, I may become one of their number. Like Pauline Kael, you live in a rather special world: "I only know one person who voted for Nixon. Where they are I don’t know."

about 3 months ago

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A new form of click fraud?

John Jorsett John Jorsett writes  |  more than 3 years ago

John Jorsett writes "Lately I've been getting a lot of calls from various outfits saying that I'd filled out an online form asking for more information on sleep apnea, college financial aid, etc. At first I thought that I had pissed off some telemarketer and this was revenge harassment. Now as the calls have continued for weeks with a widening array of solicitors, I'm beginning to think that it's a new form of click fraud. If these companies are paying for these leads, my name and number might be being sold as phony online submissions. Are any other Slashdotters experiencing this?"
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Ask Slashdot: Telling vendor email was compromised

John Jorsett John Jorsett writes  |  about 4 years ago

John Jorsett (171560) writes "I create for myself a unique email address for every vendor with which I do business, and that address isn't kept in my address book. When a spammer sends something to that address, I know that the vendor's email address database has been compromised. Trouble is, when I notify the vendor that their customer's email addresses are leaking and that they should check their security, I get no response and, as far as I can tell, no action is ever taken. I just change to a different email address, so should I even be bothering with notification, and if so, what's the best way to inform a vendor that their security needs attention?"
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Google to offer encrypted searches next week

John Jorsett John Jorsett writes  |  more than 4 years ago

John Jorsett (171560) writes "CNet reports that, embarrassed by the revelation that its Street View program had improperly collected usage data from WiFi hot spots, Google attempted to repair its image by announcing Friday that it would begin offering an encrypted version of its search service next week."
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