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WSJ Says Pro-ACTA Forces Helped Drive Anti-ACTA Reactions

dapyx Re:FTFA (180 comments)

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.

more than 2 years ago

Pouring Water Into a Volcano To Generate Power

dapyx Re:Water shortages? (321 comments)

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.

more than 2 years ago

Germans Increase Office Efficiency With "Cloud Ceiling"

dapyx Re:unprecedented heights of productivity (223 comments)

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.

more than 2 years ago

Will Windows 8 Be Ready For Release In 2012?

dapyx Re:Windows 8 (504 comments)

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.

more than 2 years ago

CERN Experiment Indicates Faster-Than-Light Neutrinos

dapyx Re:Yay BBC News! (1088 comments)

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.

more than 2 years ago

China Blanks Nobel Peace Prize Searches

dapyx Re:Another Nobel Peace Prize dud (326 comments)

The Nobel committee said that human rights are a requirement of a peaceful world.

more than 3 years ago

Paleontologists Unearth Giant Fossilized Penguin

dapyx Apples are even older (124 comments)

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)

more than 3 years ago

Seagate Confirms 3TB Hard Drive

dapyx Re:Not a huge deal (467 comments)

A lot of corporations still use Windows XP or 2K as their standard OS.

more than 4 years ago

Reported Obama Plan Would Privatize Manned Launches

dapyx Re:Afro-American Racism Against Whites and Asians (450 comments)

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.

more than 4 years ago

Google Hacked, May Pull Out of China

dapyx Re:Google Full of Crap (687 comments)

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.

more than 4 years ago

German Wikipedia Passes One Million Article Mark

dapyx Re:the English one is bad enough (106 comments)

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.

more than 4 years ago

Cell Phones Don't Increase Chances of Brain Cancer

dapyx Re:That's a big increase (320 comments)

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.

more than 4 years ago

City Laws Only Available Via $200 License

dapyx Re:New form of taxes! (411 comments)

Federal laws, like all federal works, are public domain.

Works made by the state and city-level government are, however, copyrighted.

more than 4 years ago

HD Video From The Edge of Space, On the Cheap

dapyx Re:Before the days of HD ... (205 comments)

The altimeter was pressure-based, so it was not very accurate, hence the constant changes.

more than 4 years ago

HD Video From The Edge of Space, On the Cheap

dapyx Re:"Edge of Space" is 100 km (205 comments)

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.

more than 4 years ago

British Company Takes Lead To Stop Asteroids

dapyx What about their business plan? (198 comments)

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"?

about 5 years ago

Fluorescent Monkeys Cast Light On Human Disease

dapyx Re:Oh no, not human genetic engineering! (174 comments)

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.

more than 5 years ago

Wikipedia Community Vote On License Migration

dapyx Vote early, vote often (95 comments)

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)

more than 5 years ago

Chinese Subvert Censorship With a Popular Pun

dapyx Re:the description is not complete :D (272 comments)

Well, in most of continental Europe, claiming that "The Holocaust didn't happen" will land you in jail for a few years, too.

more than 5 years ago



EU Project Tries To Develop Road Trains

dapyx dapyx writes  |  more than 4 years ago

dapyx (665882) writes "A European Union project attempts to develop road trains made out of several vehicles, in which the control of each car inside the train would be controlled wirelessly by the front vehicle. This brings not only the advantage of more free time for the commuting driver, but also a 20% fuel usage reduction (presumably due to lower air resistance). After trials will take place on test tracks in UK, Spain and Sweden, there are trials planned to take place on Spanish public roads."
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