WSJ Says Pro-ACTA Forces Helped Drive Anti-ACTA Reactions
Actually, "counterfeit medicine" is a euphemism for "generic drugs", i.e. drugs that have been manufactured and sold without paying the patent owners anything.
Some drugs (especially for various types of cancer) cost more than $100,000 per treatment and some third-world countries produce their own local "generic" version of the drug, since they can't afford paying that much for saving just one life. The production costs for a drug sold for a six-figure sum are typically under $100.
The "big pharma" try to prevent poor consumers from first-world countries from traveling to third-world countries and buy these drugs, this is all there is to it.
Pouring Water Into a Volcano To Generate Power
There's no global shortage of fresh water. There are huge untapped lakes and rivers.
There are water shortages in some places where we need it for agriculture or human consumption.
Oregon has a low population density, so I doubt they have any water shortages.
Germans Increase Office Efficiency With "Cloud Ceiling"
You are not pay only the actual cost of building the house, you must pay for the 200-feet yacht that the one-percenters get, too.
Will Windows 8 Be Ready For Release In 2012?
Everything that ran on Win7 will run on Win8 on x86 computers.
Win8 will run on ARM chips, but only Metro app will work there.
For 1 kWh of electricity, I pay ...
I pay ~0.12 USD / 1 kWh (Romania/Eastern Europe).
CERN Experiment Indicates Faster-Than-Light Neutrinos
Actually, the article does have a mistake: The Gran Sasso Mountains (where the Italian laboratory of Gran Sasso is located) are part of the Apennines, not the Alps, like the article says.
China Blanks Nobel Peace Prize Searches
The Nobel committee said that human rights are a requirement of a peaceful world.
Paleontologists Unearth Giant Fossilized Penguin
Actually, it seems that apples are a bit older:
"The genera of Maloid Rosaceae radiated an estimated 48-50 million years ago (Campbell et al. 2007)" (Source)
Seagate Confirms 3TB Hard Drive
A lot of corporations still use Windows XP or 2K as their standard OS.
Reported Obama Plan Would Privatize Manned Launches
During the election, about 95% of African-Americans voted for Barack Hussein Obama due solely to the color of his skin
It's the same percentage of the Afrian-Americans that voted for Clinton.
Google Hacked, May Pull Out of China
They entered the Chinese market in 2006, and, in less than four years, they reached to have 26% of the Chinese market, which, you should remember, is bigger (in numbers) than the US market.
I don't think it's fair to say they were beaten by Baidu.
German Wikipedia Passes One Million Article Mark
The notability is put in there so that Wikipedia wouldn't get filled with crap made up by bored teenagers during the school break.
The notability bar is not that that even high. Basically, there must be some third-party publication ("reliable reference", so preferably a professional, a journalist or something) to talk about that subject. Every claim should, theoretically, be supported by a third-party.
Most people who complain about the impossibly high notability are spammers or people who created articles about themselves or their own activities. I agree there are instances when relatively notable articles get deleted, but that happens because the creator of the article doesn't care enough to bring sources.
Cell Phones Don't Increase Chances of Brain Cancer
The people live longer, so the average age is increasing and with the age, so do the chances of getting cancer.
Statistics for each age group remained constant.
City Laws Only Available Via $200 License
Federal laws, like all federal works, are public domain.
Works made by the state and city-level government are, however, copyrighted.
HD Video From The Edge of Space, On the Cheap
The altimeter was pressure-based, so it was not very accurate, hence the constant changes.
HD Video From The Edge of Space, On the Cheap
At 32 km (107,000 feet), the atmosphere is practically inexistent (the air pressure is less than 1% of the one at sea level), but the gravity is 99% of the one at sea level.
British Company Takes Lead To Stop Asteroids
I'm very curious to learn which is their business plan. Could it be "pay us a gazillion dollars or we won't use our technology against the asteroid"?
Fluorescent Monkeys Cast Light On Human Disease
Polio kills only around a thousand a year, down from hundreds of thousands each year, and there are efforts to eradicate it completely.
An even better example is smallpox. It killed hundreds of millions of people before it was completely eradicated in 1979.
Wikipedia Community Vote On License Migration
I already voted with a few sockpuppets and I'm trying to remember the passwords for the rest of my accounts. Surprisingly, it worked to use the same IP address. (note that you need accounts with 25 edits prior to the beginning of the vote)
Chinese Subvert Censorship With a Popular Pun
Well, in most of continental Europe, claiming that "The Holocaust didn't happen" will land you in jail for a few years, too.
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