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    @ScanIAm: I was going to say someone in the newsroom at the back has been caught on camera doing that... but it wasn't a newsroom it was a report from an office: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhIu7qp5vo8

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    @Proton2: or the lawyers came and waved the contract around and said say this or we sue...

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    @cbae: It certainly shows exactly how much these news anchors use the tablets they're always shown with!

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  • Nexus 9 tablet released

    @cbae: I'm not an Android user, but my understanding is that Google lock more and more of the "essential" programmes of Android into being closed source and no OEMs are willing to put the effort in to produce genuinely decent alternatives, although some do release half arsed crap (the notable exception being Amazon who've forked AOSP because, as a content provider rather than OEM that makes sense). (source: http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2013/10/googles-iron-grip-on-android-controlling-open-source-by-any-means-necessary/1/)

    But them that may be wrong, I don't use Android.

  • Nexus 9 tablet released

    , cbae wrote

    The device got a pretty poor review from the Verge. Notably, the performance score was quite low,

    But it's 64 bitz!!11!!one!

     Google engineers have skillz that kill compared to the engineers at Samsung, LG, and Sony.

    Or just Google don't install hideous bloatware while the OEMs do?

  • Nexus 9 tablet released

    , spivonious wrote

    On a sidenote, does anyone else hate this new trend of webpages that have things move around as you scroll?

    Also does anyone else hate meaningless tech speak?

    Google wrote:

    Yes, that has everything to do with the processor being 64 bit. I mean, sure, you can probably do that and the processor may well be 64 bit, it's not exactly a causative relationship though.


    @ScanIAm: Ah... when I realised what Tylenol I was astounded that people would pay $25 for it... that situation explains it. That's exploitation through and through. The Hippocratic oath clearly doesn't apply to financial health...


    , ScanIAm wrote


    You had me until this part.  The cost of malpractice insurance for doctors has an effect on the cost, but it certainly doesn't make a Tylenol cost $25 per pill.  Medicine costs what it costs because it's a seller's market.

    EDIT: OK, Tylenol doesn't cost $25 per pill... assuming OP wasn't a joke please substitute some other drug in when reading the post :)

    Tylenol costs $25 per pill to pay for all the brains that went into making it, to pay for the risk the company undertook in paying all those brains and for their equipment and for costly trials which had no guarantee of success (and for the many potential drugs that receive all this investment and never make it to market). Tylenol that costs $25/pill is better than no Tylenon at all. And 20 or so years after the patent you can get generic Tylenol for which you'll only have to pay manufacture and distribution costs.

    If Tylenol didn't cost $25 per pill and you still wanted new drugs you'd just have to pay for it in your taxes instead. [EDIT to add: There is no magic route to free, novel, drugs. I won't tell you how you should pay for them, but if you want them someone has to pay for them.]

    No, the pharmaceutical industry isn't filled with paragons of virtue, but to quote Dr. Ben Goldacre (immediately after a strong attack on current medical research in general):

    ...there is no medicine without medicines. Drug companies around the world have produced some of the most amazing innovations of the past fifty years, saving lives on an epic scale.

    This is a point I am afraid is lost on many of the less nuanced and less insightful individuals that take part in this discussion.

    (I'd highly recommend both of Ben Goldacre's books (Bad Science and Bad Pharma) which not only provide insight into some of the problems in medical research but concrete suggestions of how they can be fixed.

    I'd also recommend Mark Henderson's The Geek Manifesto for his excellent chapter on how common approaches to science policy do more harm than good, using the green movement (and global warming) in particular as an example (tl;dr: green groups: engage in big government or you deny gobal warming; conservatives: well then we'll deny global warming; cycle repeats, nobody benefits) and the dangers of failing to separate scientific statements (global warming is real) from policy statements (therefore we have the right to tell people what kind of lightbulbs to use [science can not evaluate whether or not this policy is right, at best it can hypothesise what impact it might have on global warming]).)

    EDIT: Turns out Tylenol is just paracetamol. If you're knowingly paying $25 per pill for something you can pick up own-brand at the local supermarket for 25c per pack then I have little sympathy for you.