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Big Pharma Presses US To Quash Cheap Drug Production In India

ScottCooperDotNet XR Drugs (255 comments)

This is a common tactic of drug manufacturers as their patents run our they suddenly find a way to color it pink or something equally trivially unimportant change and try to start the patent clock all over. This is a total subversion of the purpose behind patents.

Or formulate an XR "Extended Release" version of the drug under the same name.

On the other hand, the profits from existing drugs helps pay for research into new drugs to some degree, so could India be similar to a big company that uses Open Source but doesn't release any of their own code?

#iamslashdot

about 6 months ago
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Simple Emergency Generators and Radio Receivers (Video)

ScottCooperDotNet Re:Sucks to your ass-mar! (93 comments)

That was an evolution, not a trash and replace.

about 6 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

ScottCooperDotNet News for Nerds Stuff that Matters at Technocrat? (2219 comments)

Bruce, thanks for all the magic you work.

If you're willing to let Technocrat take over the "News for Nerds. Stuff that Matters." mission, it would take off quite nicely. That would be a change from the prior mission, but if you'll do that, I'm willing to submit, edit, and post articles.

about 6 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

ScottCooperDotNet Free Slashcode! Open Slashcode! (2219 comments)

Since Slashdot is abandoning the Classic design and code, can Dice release the final version of Slashcode so it is free/libre? It would be entirely in the spirit of the "audience" here.

about 6 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

ScottCooperDotNet Re:Time to leave, Slashdot is dead. (2219 comments)

Too bad the latest Slashcode isn't open source anymore. Any ideas how we can get it? Break into Taco's house?

#fuckbeta #iamslashdot

about 6 months ago
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Designer Seeds Thought To Be Latest Target By Chinese

ScottCooperDotNet Slashdot Beta = Digg v4 (164 comments)

And that's an excuse for this rampant idiocy? Because last I heard the mature approach would be to provide constructive criticism, wait and see what happens, and then simply leave if the outcome is unbearable and the feedback is ignored. I voiced my opinion to them and if they do nothing to alleviate my concerns I'll simply stop using the site.

This site has been something special to a number of readers and posters here, and seeing the place go down in flames like Digg did when they ignored their users' feedback is a highly suboptimal emotional experience.

all without turning the whole place into a fucking kindergarten.

Saying that turns the place into the kindergarten you wanted to avoid.

about 6 months ago
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HTML5 App For Panasonic TVs Rejected - JQuery Is a "Hack"

ScottCooperDotNet Panasonic and Dice Holdings (573 comments)

Neither one apparently wants to hear what actual users think, but they probably ignore their own users and support departments while spending money on focus groups.

The thread in TFA has been full of people asking for an application just like the submitter's app, which adds value to their Panasonic TVs, and yet management keeps on pushing the beta site. Oh, what were we talking about again? MyCleanPC?

about 6 months ago
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Former Red Hat COO Helps Health Care Providers Work Together (Video)

ScottCooperDotNet Digg Version 4 = Slashdot Beta (74 comments)

Force the beta on me? I'll move along. It's garbage and there's no reason for garbage to be in my browser.

So we'll no longer get to read your comments about MyCleanPC and GNAA?

The new site is a work in progress so Classic Slashdot will be available from the footer for several more months.

If I'm reading that right, that means we're all going to be forced into the awful new version whether we like it or not. Apparently Dice hasn't learned from the spectacular fall from grace that Digg had when they badly botched version 4 of their site, even when many users complained. The parallels here are clear, we the readers have been clear we don't like what we see. That Dice is willing to say "tough luck" anyway gives the best hint why Monster.com is the dominant job board and Dice is just a niche player. Users opinions matter, especially on a user-driven site.

Anyway, I wish Technocrat.net would come back.

about 6 months ago
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EU Commission: Corruption Across EU Costs €120 Billion

ScottCooperDotNet Relation to Debt Crisis? (196 comments)

Why are countries most affected by the debt crisis also the most corrupt?

about 6 months ago
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NPR Labs is Working on Emergency Alerts for the Deaf (Video)

ScottCooperDotNet Re:And then it gets defunded (89 comments)

If NPR sounded less like MSNBC, I doubt the Republicans would bother with their pittance of the federal budget. NPR is so left wing that commercial talk radio is almost exclusively right wing.

In any case, this program doesn't sound as likely to produce future advances as the space program could.

about 6 months ago
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South Koreans Using Kinect To Monitor DMZ

ScottCooperDotNet Re: Sad times (133 comments)

Maybe because the Mexicans haven't sent commandos to assassinate our President or have an uneasy truce with the US?

Or because the Democrats view Mexicans as future voters, and the Republicans look at them as cheap labor?

about 6 months ago
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Google Planning To Remove CSS Regions From Blink

ScottCooperDotNet Adobe's Red Hand (249 comments)

What a surprise two of the three editors of this standard are Adobe employees.

about 6 months ago
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Old-school Wi-Fi Is Slowing Down Networks, Cisco Says

ScottCooperDotNet Sales Problem and Technical Problem (254 comments)

What's wrong with the current system, where we use multiple letters? The answer is it's not just technical problem with unnecessary signals filling the airwaves, it's a sales problem. Customers don't grasp the differences between letter versions (a/b/g/n) so they purchase the one with the most letters, perpetuating the filling of the limited bandwidth available.

about 6 months ago
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OneDrive Is Microsoft's Rebranded Name For SkyDrive

ScottCooperDotNet My Computer, One Drive? (197 comments)

I can hear this now:
      "I saved it on one drive."
"Which drive did you save it on?"
      "On my one drive."
"Like your C drive?"

If they hadn't dumped all the Live branding, they could have gone after LiveDrive.

Are copyright laws in Europe stricter about customer confusion? Or is this a case where if they can't use it in one country, MS won't use it anywhere?

about 6 months ago
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Map of Publicly-Funded Creationism Teaching

ScottCooperDotNet It's Not Hate (544 comments)

It's not hate to want factually incorrect, archaic, dropped-from-the-mainstream facets of Christianity removed from public education in Tennessee and Louisiana.

Only the literalist interpretation of the Bible demands such teachings, but such followers are caught between their own sense of reason and their own faith. Those followers feel if they bend on this, and say the Bible is not perfect, it is the same as denying their entire faith. Most versions of Christianity no longer hold such literal interpretations, so based on the map, it may be a Baptist thing?

about 6 months ago
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Map of Publicly-Funded Creationism Teaching

ScottCooperDotNet Re:Good (544 comments)

More what?
Stoning of adulterers?
Slavery?
Animal sacrifice?
Other things Bronze Age religion requires?

If Christ turns water into wine, does the Anti-Christ turn wine into water?

about 6 months ago

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