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UK's FSA Finds No Health Benefits To Organic Food

all_the_names_are_ta Re:Taste! (921 comments)

As someone who consumed organic food for several years I can attest that none of the organic food I ate tasted better than its conventional counterpart.

I suspect that most people who espouse this view have been convinced it tastes better because of the price.

more than 5 years ago

AMD Spin-Off GlobalFoundries Gets First Non-AMD Customer

all_the_names_are_ta Re:Great (34 comments)

So what was the point in spinning off a foundry into a separate company?

(Same reason any company ever spawns other companies: To create positions for more CXOs and fuck around with the accounting books. AMD isn't doing well, even though I wish it were.)

I know being cynical sounds good "Just more fat cats lining their own pockets, heh", but there are legitimate reasons to restructure companies.

In this case, foundries keep getting more expensive and AMD won't be able to compete with Intel if it keeps manufacturing in house. If it spins them off (while still retaining ~ 30% of the stock in the new company) they can achieve economies of scale by fabbing chips for other companies. This means that AMD will have a better shot at competing since they will no longer be hobbled by archaic process technology.

more than 5 years ago

HIV/AIDS Vaccine To Begin Phase I Human Trials

all_the_names_are_ta Re:how do you test it? (329 comments)

This is a bad idea not only because trialing things on death row inmates seems to be a cruel and unusual punishment but also because it creates a perverse incentive. Specifically, suppose that testing on prisoners provides a noteworthy improvement in development speed for this vaccine. There will then be the motivation to use this model again in the future (surely we should use these death row inmates to speed the development of a malaria vaccine, etc). If this keeps providing benefits there will then be a demand for death row inmates to provide a source of test candidates. If this seems far fetched, consider the example of China which (at least until recently) has likely been selling the organs of prisoners http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/5386720.stm and has an unusually broad number of crimes for which the death sentence applies.

more than 5 years ago

Comedy Central Confirms 26 New Futurama Episodes

all_the_names_are_ta Re:Can Futurama unjump the shark? (259 comments)

Series four gave us The Farnsworth Parabox, The Sting, 300 Big Boys and The Devils Hands are Idle Playthings, all of which were awesome.

Also, more importantly, which writers dropped off the show in seasons three and four that you think were funny and sharp? Given the writers credits in Wikipedia suggest that almost all contributors in the first two seasons wrote episodes in three and four I'm not really sure who you're referring to:

List of Futurama episodes with writers

more than 5 years ago

Bethesda Announces New Fallout Game For 2010

all_the_names_are_ta Re:If the don't change the gameplay... (254 comments)

Yeah, a truly evil character would have armed the bomb in Megaton, shot Burke, taken the detonation controls and spent the rest of the game shaking residents of the town down for caps.

more than 5 years ago

Harlan Ellison Sues For "Star Trek" Episode

all_the_names_are_ta Re:He's right (483 comments)

It's not an attractive way to raise the issue, but it's true: artists should be rewarded for their work. Look at how the studios screwed the Gilligan's Island people, who languished in poverty after the networks ran episodes for decades.

No, they shouldn't. In case you haven't noticed, we have a vast oversupply of artists even at their current low levels of remuneration.

On the other hand, we have a shortage of capital available to produce/support the production of art.

Looking further at your example of the Gilligan's island actors - they didn't finance the show, they didn't screen it, they provided none of the infrastructure. If they'd told the networks to fuck off and tried to make something in their basement they'd have failed utterly. The networks could have found other people to star easily. I have no idea why we should care that readily replaceable actors languish in poverty after they've finished doing the work they were paid for.

Finally, paying artists for work they've long since finished provides little encouragement for them to produce new work (and in fact may discourage them since they can keep food on the table without producing anything new).

more than 5 years ago

The Real Monsters Behind Godzilla

all_the_names_are_ta Save the corporate profits! (243 comments)

Defending this trademark is important. Without profit, the incentive for companies to develop new giant fire-breathing dinosaurs would diminish and society would fall apart.

more than 6 years ago

Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang To Step Down

all_the_names_are_ta Re:Isn't it kind of sad (199 comments)

These kind of comments always crop up in Yahoo! articles and they're depressingly stupid.

The correct way to stop the "dirty business practices" that you describe is through government regulation. The notion that companies will police themselves for the greater good makes as much sense as securing your home through the honor system.

Please answer this for me:

If a company isn't there to serve its owners, then what exactly is the point of owning a portion of that company?

If you wind up anywhere in management of a company I own stock in I'm selling up ASAP.

more than 6 years ago

Google Kills Yahoo Ad Deal

all_the_names_are_ta Re:What This Means (79 comments)

It was highly obvious at the time: 1) Yahoo! stock had been in decline for some time. 2) Google was kicking the shit out of it. 3) The offer from Microsoft was substantially above the market price. You have to have really, really good reasons to ignore a large, certain profit. Yang didn't have any.

more than 6 years ago

Barack Obama Wins US Presidency

all_the_names_are_ta Re:Two words (3709 comments)

As one of the few foreigners who is still positive about the US as the sole superpower, let me point out that going it alone went really well for you in the past eight years. You are facing challenges to your position far greater than you have in the past (ie China). Pissing goodwill up against the wall isn't going to help you maintain preeminence.

more than 6 years ago


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