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Administration, Congress Intensify Opposition To Global Generic Drug Industry
Authored by: Anonymous on Friday, June 28 2013 @ 11:35 PM EDT
The Obama administration and members of Congress are pressing India to curb its generic medication industry. The move comes at the behest of U.S. pharmaceutical companies, which have drowned out warnings from public health experts that inexpensive drugs from India are essential to providing life-saving treatments around the world.

Low-cost generics from India have dramatically lowered medical costs in developing countries and proved critical to global AIDS relief programs; about 98 percent of the drugs purchased by President George W. Bush's landmark PEPFAR AIDS relief program are generics from India.

Before Indian companies rolled out generic versions priced at $1 a day, AIDS medication cost about $10,000 per person per year.

But India's generic industry has also cut into profits for Pfizer and other U.S. and European drug companies.

Zach Carter, The Huffington Post

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CEO pay has grown far faster than that of other very high wage earners (the top 1/1000th)
Authored by: Anonymous on Saturday, June 29 2013 @ 03:44 AM EDT
"CEO pay relative to pay of top 0.1 percent wage earners grew even more, from 2.55 in 1989 to 4.70 in 2010, a rise (2.15) equal to the pay of more than two very high earners."

http://www.epi.org/blog/mankiw-kaplan-ceo-pay/

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Nokia Fails To Sell Handset Business To Microsoft
Authored by: tiger99 on Saturday, June 29 2013 @ 09:26 AM EDT
Only just seen this.
While it’s humiliating if, as rumoured, the sale fell through because Microsoft wanted a lower price.
Now we see what Mr. Flop was put in to do, however so far he has flopped, because the price is not yet low enough to satisfy Ballmer. The plan is that M$ need a mobile manufacturer so they can compete with Apple, however Ballmer is way behind reality, as Android is outselling everything else together several times over, which is why it is under constant attack. But with the market as it is, there is no hope at all of any newcomer achieving very much. Timing is all important, and M$ are very, very late, having flopped twice with the Kin and then Winbloat 8.

The decline of M$ is irreversible, regardless of what Ballmer does now, and they will be followed closely by Apple. Very sad for the remaining Nokia employees, who may not have much of a future, unless they can get rid of Flop and rapidly develop some decent Android phones.

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Going Forth for the Fourth on the 4th
Authored by: Anonymous on Saturday, June 29 2013 @ 01:29 PM EDT
http://www.restorethefourth.net/

Amendment IV

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fourth_Amendment_to_the_United_States_Constitution

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Whistleblowers Lost Behind Irony Curtain
Authored by: Anonymous on Saturday, June 29 2013 @ 05:10 PM EDT
Orwell would despair that Snowden's revelations will reinforce the belief of the US gun nuts, rednecks and assorted paranoiacs that their Government really is out to get them
NZ Herald  

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RIAA lies about Pandora's royalty rates
Authored by: Anonymous on Saturday, June 29 2013 @ 09:29 PM EDT
Have you heard a lot of Internetular argle-bargle about Pandora's crazy-low royalty rates? How they compare unfavorably to satellite rates, and how the company's trying to cut them? You have?

Me too. Turns out (unsurprisingly), it's RIAA lies.

Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing

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How Much Are the NSA and CIA Front Running Markets?
Authored by: Anonymous on Sunday, June 30 2013 @ 01:04 AM EDT
We look at CIA-backed coups against governments which had nationalized a considerable amount of foreign investment. Using an event-study methodology, we find that private information regarding coup authorizations and planning by the U.S. government increased the stock prices of expropriated multinationals that stood to benefit from the regime change.

The presence of these abnormal returns suggests that there were leaks from the CIA or others in the executive branch of government to asset traders or that government officials with access to this information themselves traded upon it.

Yves Smith, Naked Capitalism

That was then: what's happening now?

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Open source flagged by IRS ..
Authored by: Anonymous on Sunday, June 30 2013 @ 01:34 AM EDT
"For the past few years, trying to get tax-exempt status for your open source project has been a non-starter for many. And now we know why. Since at least 2010, the Internal Revenue Service has flagged applications by open source organizations seeking tax except status, according to internal IRS documents released by Congress this week." link

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FBI informant worked for WikiLeaks ..
Authored by: Anonymous on Sunday, June 30 2013 @ 03:18 AM EDT
"Thordarson was long time volunteer for WikiLeaks with direct access to Assange and a key position as an organizer in the group. With his cold war-style embassy walk-in, he became something else: the first known FBI informant inside WikiLeaks."

"For the next three months, Thordarson served two masters, working for the secret-spilling website and simultaneously spilling its secrets to the U.S. government in exchange, he says, for a total of about $5,000. The FBI flew him internationally four times for debriefings, including one trip to Washington D.C., and on the last meeting obtained from Thordarson eight hard drives packed with chat logs, video and other data from WikiLeaks." link

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This article has been taken down ..
Authored by: Anonymous on Sunday, June 30 2013 @ 04:41 AM EDT
"This article has been taken down pending an investigation."

link | link | link

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OT hereAT&T seeks to patent self-destructing email
Authored by: JamesK on Sunday, June 30 2013 @ 11:03 AM EDT
Your mission Jim, should you decide to accept it...

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Gene Patents and Cancer may have no connection.
Authored by: Boundless on Sunday, June 30 2013 @ 12:54 PM EDT

Comments are apparently closed on the "Naturally Occurring Human Genes Not Patentable" thread (it sends me to the front page). PJ had a remark in the base article I wanted to respond to:

"I lost two grandmothers to breast cancer, and I want to say thank you to Dan and ACLU for taking this on for us."

Anyone with an interest in cancer, and certainly anyone who has it, or is at high risk for it, needs to be aware that it it highly likely that the gene (SM) theory of cancer is completely mistaken, and that consensus cancer researchers are digging in the wrong place. At best, gene analysis may provide a risk indicator, but is not going to lead to a cure. And even the risk indicator may turn out to be largely unneeded.

As part of research into low carb diets, some reports of startling late stage cancer remissions led me to Cancer as a Metabolic Disease by Thomas Seyfried (ISBN-13: 978-0470584927). He presents what I found to be a convincing case that the genetic chaos in cancer is a side effect. The real cause is mitochondrial damage, and the cells ceasing respiration, and reverting to fermentation.

The fermentation requires glucose, or to a lesser extent, glutamine. Healthy cells can run on ketone bodies from nutritional ketosis (KD, an extremely low carb diet). Cancer cells, apparently of all kinds, are glucose brittle. Glucose levels can be driven down via KD. Glutamine can't yet be directly controlled, so they add caloric restriction to manage that. People are beginning use KD-R to kill tumors. It's not yet a cure, because if you revert to a typical glycemic diet, the cancer may come back. But it is likely to handily best chemo and rad, which damage mitochondria and are likely to cause new cancers all by themselves.

The risk connection?
It may turn out that everyone, high risk or not, can drive their cancer risk to very low levels with a less extreme low carb diet.

Race for the cure?
Don't get your hopes up for patentless gene research doing much more for cancer than it has already done. It may turn out that cancer is a largely optional ailment, and avoided by the same diet that is dramatically helpful in a great many other common ailments.

Look into it. Decide for yourself.

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Bestandsdatenauskunft - Happy July 1 Germany !
Authored by: Anonymous on Sunday, June 30 2013 @ 05:45 PM EDT
Bundestag allows police access to private PINs and passwords
The law means, “that police and intelligence services will in the future be allowed to obtain extremely personal information about mobile phone users, and do so with the press of a button and without having to face any major legal hurdles”.

The innocuous sounding term, “inventory data”, should not detract from the fact that the issue involves direct access to people’s private lives. “Not only names, addresses and bank account details will be sent to the police. But also the PINs of the mobile phones, and passwords blocking e-mail inboxes and accessing services like Dropbox and dynamic IP addresses”.

Johann Müller wsws.org

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Google Makes H/W Access Nr.1 Security on Android.
Authored by: Anonymous on Sunday, June 30 2013 @ 07:34 PM EDT
I can't think of any other way to explain it. If you do not set up a
Google account when activating your Android phone, but later
go and buy something from Google's store, this then requires
an account. From that moment on your gmail and youtube
accounts are alive, and require only opening the app to access
"your" data.

I have a Google account that I did not access at setup of my phone.
I have had to enter my password for a purchase from the app store.
Yesterday I thought I might try to setup gmail on my phone.
I started the gmail app, and was dropped straight into my inbox,
no password required.

Some web searches later it turns out this is a feature, not a bug.
There was a flurry of questions on various forums about two
years ago. I found no definitive answer from Google, but a couple
of posts that sounded authoritative said a smartphone is regarded
as a personal device, and as such convenience of use is more
important than hassling users to enter passwords on a tiddly
screen; and mobile devices as personal devices do not need
the same security features of multi-user OSes.

So it doesn't matter where on the phone, or if, the password
is stored, encrypted or plain text. What matters is that you never
let the device out of your hands if it's open and running, and
probably never would be best. The feature cannot be turned off.
It has spawned an industry in third party apps that will enforce
a requirement for a password to open specified apps.

Tracking cookies are child's play next to this ...

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  • Here's a Tool - Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, July 01 2013 @ 04:35 PM EDT
New Coke moment in the making: Yahoo! Mail
Authored by: Anonymous on Sunday, June 30 2013 @ 10:53 PM EDT
Yahoo! Mail has prepped their users for the past 12 months or so for an overhaul
of their mail services.
Lately they have put a nag screen in place that prompts users to choose either
the Prime service (video-in-mail etc.) or a Basic version.
Their new (basic) version has a more than passing resemblance to Gmail and only
comes in purple(!).
The commentators are uniformly on the negative side, pleading for a return to
their 'old' YM.
Seem banner ads are getting in the way of people seeing parts of their mail
interface and a number of often used features are missing.
Mostly people are wondering why Yahoo! is fixing something that ain't broke.
The general mood among users seems to be one of "this sucks, I'm
leaving", is good old Microsoft heading for yet another rocky shoal...?

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Pssst, Open Source Botnet
Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, July 01 2013 @ 02:10 AM EDT
krebsonsecurity

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When will Groklaw be on IPv6?
Authored by: JamesK on Monday, July 01 2013 @ 08:32 AM EDT
I accidentally found myself on www.ibiblio.org and noticed they have an IPv6
address. Since that's who provides the server for Groklaw, when will there also
be an IPv6 address for Groklaw? It might be as simple as adding the AAAA record
to the DNS.


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Microsoft looses one in Blighty
Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, July 01 2013 @ 10:02 AM EDT
Yeah, I know some people don't like el reg but

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Microsoft All Lies All the time
Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, July 01 2013 @ 10:28 AM EDT
Here is just the latest one. Microsoft's latest browser is faster than all others LOL. Is It a flaw or a feature? Of course the test is FIXED in Microsofts favor using a non standard flaw in the Microsoft productike this.

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U.S. court throws out Google digital books class status
Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, July 01 2013 @ 11:55 AM EDT

U.S. court throws out Google digital books class status


Yahoo Finance article

(Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Monday said a lawsuit against Google Inc's effort to create the world's largest digital books library should not have been allowed to proceed as a class action.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York said Circuit Judge Denny Chin erred in prematurely certifying a class of potentially hundreds of thousands of authors, saying he should have first determined the merits of Google's "fair use" defense.

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National Security Agency centers in the United States
Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, July 01 2013 @ 12:07 PM EDT
When it opens this fall, the Utah Data Center will be one of six major centers the NSA operates.

National Security Agency centers in the United States

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