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Comment Re:Capitalism of exploration (Score 1) 403

However, if the hardworking Norwegian works 258 hours less per year, using the numbers in the OP, the productivity advantage disappears to the tune of $745 per year. Of course it's more complicated. The Norwegian may be paying higher taxes that make the situation worse but then may get better social government support during the working years and in retirement than a US worker - or even less. Whether the Norwegian has a happier existence during working years and a longer retirement needs to be figured in and putting a dollar amount on that would be hard to do. Economics is complicated.

Comment Re:It's simple (Score 1) 99

Quote: "I'd expect evidence of any flammable peroxide accumulation in some phones which hadn't caught fire."

The only time the peroxides would show up is if the battery had leaked and in the absence of leakage there's no exposure to air so no peroxides.

Samsung quickly found replacement batteries from a different manufacturer but the same problem seems to obtain. Were the new ones on the shelf in numbers Samsung needed because they were a standard product of the manufacturer? If both the original and replacement batteries have been previously used in different devices and haven't started fires, then there must be something about the Note 7 that's a problem. You discuss aging, yet both kinds of batteries are new - the phones are only a few weeks old - and can't have been subject to many charge discharge cycles. I suppose it could be something different and unique about the Note 7's charging system compared to any other device they make.

Comment Re:It's simple (Score 3, Interesting) 99

Even though Samsung has said they don't know what caused the problem in the Note 7s, I have a theory. In the drive for thinness the battery is squeezed very tightly against the other internal parts of the phone. Charging and discharging will cause expansion and contraction of the battery and in the tight environment some warping and bending might occur causing breaking of the outer battery skin. In addition if the battery comes in contact with sharp or pointed components in the phone expansion could result in pierced battery skin. The result is leakage of the liquid ether containing liquid electrolyte. These are organic ethers, not diethyl ether once used as anesthetic, but more complex, higher molecular weight compounds. Ethers coming in contact with air form peroxides which are spontaneously explosive and flammable. This might explain why the phones burn when not in use as the accumulated organic ethers take some time to become oxidized to peroxides.

The suggestion by earlier posters that phones should contain customer replaceable batteries might mitigate what I have suggested happened. The design of the batteries I've seen for phones with replaceable batteries (like my wife's Samsung Galaxy S4) were contained in substantial metal cases to be placed in a cavity in the phone protected from internal phone components. Maybe the phones would the somewhat thicker. So what?

Comment Re:Rediculous (Score 1, Informative) 209

I used the term first degree murder. First degree means murder carried out with planning. Killing someone in a fight can mean a less severe crime such as second degree or manslaughter carrying a less severe penalty than a death sentence. The charge is often up to the prosecutors and perhaps the accused is given the option of pleading to a lesser crime than first degree murder. Sometimes the jury may be given a choice of deciding the level of the crime committed and the penalty.

IIRC, in Britain in the past there was no distinction between a planned murder or causing accidental death in an emotional outburst - causing death was murder and there was only one penalty to be carried out in three weeks or so. It thought I read the death penalty was gotten rid of because too many innocent persons were put to death. In the US some folks are being let out of prison after decades in prison because it's found they did not commit the crime they were found guilty of. The Innocence Project estimates 50% of persons convicted of a crime based on eye-witness testimony probably didn't commit the crime. We don't know how many are executed and not later found innocent of a crime.

Comment Re:Fender to obsolete the '67 Telecaster ? (Score 1) 114

Not really. What I'm saying is that should Apple or other PC makers release their OS software code to the public all hell would break loose not only for the old hardware but new OS/hardware too. Of course, high end, sophisticated hackers manage to find ways to defeat the newest stuff. Just don't make it easier for them and others.

The Fender hardware could be hacked but that would occur by a repair shop and easily traced to its source.

Comment Re:Fender to obsolete the '67 Telecaster ? (Score 1) 114

If the source code for the OS in old Apple hardware were made public those old machines might become a magnet for hackers. Also, how much of the current software contains much of the old code? I wonder if the latest Mac OS is 90% the stuff that's five to seven years old.

I don't know anything about your Telecaster but my guess it's not connected to the Internet since it was born in 1967, long before the Internet existed, so public information about it is not likely to result in any hacking of its usefulness.

Comment Re:Isn't earning a profit part of capitalism? (Score 1) 198

Maybe I should have added my :/ sarcasm tag.

One of the problems with medicine prices in the US is that the congress has prevented the US funded health insurance providers from negotiating prices of drugs. This included Medicare, Medicaid and others. Were this allowed it would likely reduce the cost of medicines paid by private insurers as well reducing premiums for employers and employees having employer subsidized health insurance. . One example of high priced drugs involves treatment of age related macular degeneration. There are apparently two drugs for its treatment, one costing about $70 per injection and another is thousands of dollars. In the UK, the expensive one cannot be used in the treatment but in the US the cheaper one is generally not used. Treatments for this condition can continue at six week intervals for many years. This becomes an extremely expensive treatment course. And of course, since the administration of the drug is in a clinic and Medicare will pay the cost including the margin to the clinic, clinics use the expensive drug enhancing the profit of the drug provider and the clinic and its physician owner.

The usual justification for the high cost of medicines is that some of the profit can be used to research new treatments. This seems somewhat bogus because other countries allow governments to negotiate low prices for drugs. Are US consumers providing all the research funding for new drugs? I doubt it.

Comment Isn't earning a profit part of capitalism? (Score 0, Troll) 198

I'm not sure what all the fuss is about regarding the profit on a medicine and why Mylan would need to lie to congress or anyone else regarding its profit. If they have a patent on a product the company can charge what ever they want and if folks don't want to pay the price they don't have to buy it. In our economy there are many products where the cost of purchase has little relationship to the cost of manufacture. Other examples in the pharmaceutical industry are rampant including those of Martin Shkreli (see There are two examples cited where the price of drugs purchased by companies he was associated with were raised 5,556% (the antiparasitic Daraprim) and 2,000% (Thiola). The price of the second has not been reduced even though Shkreli was removed from the company. Not sure about the first. These prices made a lot of money for the companies, its share holders and the senior executives. Isn't that what capitalism is all about?

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