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Oregon Sues Oracle For "Abysmal" Healthcare Website

pepty Re:Both sides (210 comments)

Who gets the honey crisp and who gets the road?

3 days ago
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Oregon Sues Oracle For "Abysmal" Healthcare Website

pepty Re:Because they could't sue the Government (210 comments)

Then there's the use of expensive still patented drugs in cases where equally good generics are just as usable at a tenth the price. That's not caused by an excess of regulation.

A lot of the time that is happening because a doctor fought an insurance benefits manager for days to keep a patient on the expensive drug because the generics also used for the condition aren't nearly as good for that for that particular patient. "me too" drugs almost always benefit some groups of patients more than the first in class drug does. If they didn't they couldn't get approved.

3 days ago
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Oregon Sues Oracle For "Abysmal" Healthcare Website

pepty Re:Because they could't sue the Government (210 comments)

Many of the really expensive new drugs are actually quite expensive to produce as well. Turns out scaling up production of antibodies is a bitch, so is producing a custom one-off antibody to treat a single patient's cancer.

3 days ago
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Oregon Sues Oracle For "Abysmal" Healthcare Website

pepty Re:Because they could't sue the Government (210 comments)

Guess what: until recently you had both. Some batches of that imported generic lipitor you took in the 'aughts quite likely had little of the active ingredient, due to nonexistent QC protocols at the time. A few billion dollars in fines, plants getting banned from exporting to the US, and increased inspections of foreign plants by the FDA is (hopefully) making the situation better.

3 days ago
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Oregon Sues Oracle For "Abysmal" Healthcare Website

pepty Re:Because they could't sue the Government (210 comments)

Did you ever wonder why nobody else makes the old formulation when it goes generic? It;s because the holder of the exclusive on the new formulation pays them not to.

That did happen, so congress made the practice illegal. So instead the the Pharma and the generic manufacturer would enter a careful dance of lawsuits concerning infringement, which would end up with the Pharma settling and paying the generic some money. Congress Made that illegal too ... to some extent. Loopholes remain. Basically a Pharma can keep exclusivity for 6-24 months after the patent runs out depending on how they work it. When the first generic competitor finally comes online, there is very little change in price. Neither wants to start a price war. The big price drop happens when the third generic manufacturer joins the party, at which point competition for market share overtakes the lure of high profit margins.

3 days ago
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Air Force Requests Info For Replacement Atlas 5 Engine

pepty Re:"Amid heightened tensions with Russia" (107 comments)

Unless you are using a specific quote from a specific journalist that really doesn't matter: both spellings are now in common usage when using the phrase. If your audience is likely to include people persnickety about journalism, use lede. Now can we finish off the grammarians who insist that fewer be used instead of "less than"? Just because because it was "proper" english for a short period of time doesn't mean we are stuck with the rule indefinitely.

4 days ago
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Among Gamers, Adult Women Vastly Outnumber Teenage Boys

pepty Re:They're not gamers. (274 comments)

Closer. I think for game publishers the term mostly includes people they make money off of through advertising/personal data harvesting. Your only gaming is Angry Birds while sitting on the toilet? You're still a gamer.

4 days ago
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"MythBusters" Drops Kari Byron, Grant Imahara, Tory Belleci

pepty Re:good (359 comments)

Maybe. But their ratings are down so more likely they realized that 2 hosts makes for a much less expensive show to produce even if the other three aren't demanding salary increases, They might lose a few viewers for dumping Kari but they won't take a hit on the other two.

5 days ago
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How Does Tesla Build a Supercharger Charging Site?

pepty Re:That's not quick? (190 comments)

But it probably took another 30 minutes to arrange for a puff piece in Slashdot to promote Tesla's charging stations. Let's talk instead about how fast a Tesla's battery degrades if you use superchargers at 200 amps+ as opposed to your home charger.

about a week ago
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Why Chinese Hackers Would Want US Hospital Patient Data

pepty Re:Uninsured? (170 comments)

It should be noted that while Obamacare is no more socialist than taxes in general, it does have the unfortunate side-effect of decentivizing preventative health care. It's not exactly analogous to the "tragedy of the commons" theory since preventative measures are presumably still better for you in the long run, but it's not hard to imagine that people will become less healthy as a result having minimal fiscal responsibility for the outcome.

I don't think you can really make that case. Do upper middle class people with "Cadillac" insurance plans make less use of their preventative health care coverage than people who have been given subsidized coverage under the ACA? After all they have enjoyed out of pocket caps for a long time, and thus have been effectively deincentivized for a long time. Also, regardless of your insurance, the biggest fiscal impact of poor health is its effect on your career, not the medical bills. You can escape medical bills at the cost of your credit rating; escaping unemployment can be more difficult. I'd also doubt that many people will decide to let their health slip because they now think they can afford diabetes meds in the future whereas before they thought they would end up doing without.: Not being able to afford preventative health care in the first place is a big disincentive too.

about a week ago
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Companies That Don't Understand Engineers Don't Respect Engineers

pepty Re:Real people just don't like dealing with Hipste (371 comments)

The m&m clause was an example. If you, as an engineer, present yourself as a prima donna, disheveled, or otherwise cause yourself to be seen as putting your proclivities above their own, clients will be that much more on guard against you trying to satisfy your own interests as opposed to theirs. It will now be your (or more likely someone else's) job to convince the clients that your professionalism rises above the perceived disrespect or cluelessness. Trading the graphic tee and shorts for a nicer shirt and jeans right before the meeting isn't a whole lot to ask. Is it really worth making more work for everyone else just so you can have everything your own way?

about two weeks ago
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Companies That Don't Understand Engineers Don't Respect Engineers

pepty Re:Real people just don't like dealing with Hipste (371 comments)

If you, as an engineer, present yourself as a prima donna, disheveled, or otherwise cause yourself to be seen as putting your proclivities above their own, clients will be that much more on guard against you trying to satisfy your own interests as opposed to theirs. It will now be your (or more likely someone else's) job to convince the clients that your professionalism rises above the perceived disrespect or cluelessness.

Trading the graphic tee and shorts for a nicer shirt and jeans right before the meeting isn't a whole lot to ask. Is it really worth making more work for everyone else just so you can have everything your own way?

about two weeks ago
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Companies That Don't Understand Engineers Don't Respect Engineers

pepty Re:Real people just don't like dealing with Hipste (371 comments)

If you, as an engineer, present yourself as a prima donna, disheveled, or otherwise cause yourself to be seen as putting your proclivities above their own, clients will be that much more on guard against you trying to satisfy your own interests as opposed to theirs. It will now be your (or more likely someone else's) job to convince the clients that your professionalism rises above the perceived disrespect or cluelessness.

about two weeks ago
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Companies That Don't Understand Engineers Don't Respect Engineers

pepty Re:It's reciprocal (371 comments)

At some point shareholders will use software and statistics similar to that used for deciding work schedules and payrate for hourly employees when setting bounds for c-suite compensation. "Sorry, total compensation packages that cost over X % of revenue have not been shown to improve executive performance.".

about two weeks ago
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Companies That Don't Understand Engineers Don't Respect Engineers

pepty Re:Business decisions (371 comments)

What is the correct choice: How much of the profit do you distribute as bonuses, etc. and how much do you reinvest to grow business next year? I doubt the engineers would all agree on the split (other than they should get the lion's share of the distribution).

about two weeks ago
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Companies That Don't Understand Engineers Don't Respect Engineers

pepty Re:Real people just don't like dealing with Hipste (371 comments)

Yes I know that in trying to win customers a business needs to consider the fact that more often than not a lot of these potential customers will have many of these arbitrary, illogical preconceptions, so I do understand that making compromises to please their sensibilities is important for the success of a business. It doesn't change the fact that these preconceptions are arbitrary and could make life simpler if over time they were phased out. I actually think in some places that's already begun to happen.

Arbitrary and prejudicial yes, but still rational. Think about the bowl of M&Ms (with all brown M&Ms removed) that Van Halen required to be backstage for each of their shows. It didn't even rise to the level of indulging a prejudice: it was a completely arbitrary requirement. But if the bowl wasn't there or had the wrong stuff in it the band knew the venue wasn't taking the specs of the contract seriously and so they would be on guard for further deviations. If you, as an engineer, present yourself as a prima donna, disheveled, or otherwise cause yourself to be seen as putting your proclivities above their own, clients will be that much more on guard against you trying to satisfy your own interests as opposed to theirs. It will now be your (or more likely someone else's) job to convince the clients that your professionalism rises above the perceived disrespect or cluelessness. Programmers are already given an incredible amount of latitude compared to most engineers, especially when comparing the elite whose work product easily returns as much revenue per FTE (think billion dollar power plants, refineries, semiconductor FABs, etc).

Trading the graphic tee and shorts for a nicer shirt and jeans right before the meeting isn't a whole lot to ask.

about two weeks ago
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Bezos-Owned Washington Post Embeds Amazon Buy-It-Now Buttons Mid-sentence

pepty Re:Exchanges (136 comments)

If a company switches from having its revenue come from subscriptions and ads to microtransactions (say, the Washington Post) they will probably need more than just a plugin. And once they have that, voila, they will still need to convert bitcoin to $, which will have costs that scale somewhat with the number of transactions. If Bitcoin is volatile then they will have to choose to either frequently exchange bitcoins in lots of small transactions (expensive) or speculate on bitcoins by holding onto them and infrequently exchanging them. They would probably have to accept multiple different coins, unless we are positing that one coin type will become completely dominant. There are services that do that today for ~1% (for bitcoin only) but: 1, that business model is for e-commerce, not microtransactions: they would have to process thousands of times more microtransactions to get the same revenue; and 2, currency exchanges are going to be regulated and monitored to some degree, so their costs will be going up.

Say a lot of people wanted to pay for the Washington Post using Argentine Peso, Brazilian Real, and Namibian Dollar microtransactions. How much would it cost the WP to do that? That is pretty much the expense we need to be looking at.

about two weeks ago
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Bezos-Owned Washington Post Embeds Amazon Buy-It-Now Buttons Mid-sentence

pepty Re:Exchanges (136 comments)

It simply isn't worth the effort to cheat on a microtransaction.

Will it be worth the effort to be paid by one? The processor will want a cut, the currency exchange will want a cut (twice), the people keeping the system secure will want a cut ... just because the amount per transaction is tiny doesn't mean the cost per transaction will scale down similarly. And if the value of the currency is unstable, you'll have to run every flippin transaction through the currency exchange. Otherwise subscribers or the processor will game the system.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Are Online Job Applications So Badly Designed?

pepty Re:Pete and Repeat (278 comments)

If you've been at 5 different companies with different responsibilities at each then most of those responsibilities will only be tangential to the job you are writing a resume for right now. Write the resume accordingly.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Are Online Job Applications So Badly Designed?

pepty Re:The larger problem.. (278 comments)

They're ALL designed and built by interns, or idiots. (or both).

Taleo's portals for job applicants were quite borked back when they were an independent company and their one job was "talent acquisition" and other HR related database stuff. God knows what it's like for job applicants using their stuff now that they are part of Oracle. Personally, I'm going with this sentiment from upthread:

Sometimes I've wondered if overcoming the quirks of a badly-designed website is some kind of screening test for applicants.

Yep. If you are easily frustrated by software SNAFUs and don't have the patience or cleverness to get past the difficulties in a high stakes situation like a job opportunity then what is the likelyhood of you showing those qualities day to day at work?

about two weeks ago

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