With the advances in pumps and insulin and so forth there is no doubt that diabetics that can afford the treatment are better off today than they were 30 years ago. However, since the advent of the insulin pump over 20 years ago, nothing has gotten less expensive. Insulin pumps still cost about $5000 retail, the insulin for a pump is going to be at least $100 per vial, blood sugar test strips are about $1 each, and the typically Type I diabetic will use 8-10 a day. These prices haven't changed in 20 years, except to go up as lower cost generic alternatives were sued out of existence. My wife is convinced that if a sure is found, it'll be held up for 1o+ years as the diabetes treatment companies sue for criminal interference with their business plans.
Diabetes is a multi-billion dollar market run almost like a cartel, with very few players. There is zero incentive for any of them to make things cheaper.
Purdue has millions in Federal research dollars flowing through the University. Given how stupid the Federal Govt. is about this stuff, nuking all copies of the speech may have not seemed that unreasonable to whoever ordered it. Purdue losing millions in research grants would not be a good career move for anybody in that chain of command, and we know Mitch Daniels wouldn't be the fall guy.
I get most of tech news from Hacker News. I usually read the first few comments first, and from that decide if the headline link is worth clicking on. Without comments at Hacker News, I would probably remove the site from the feed reader.
The music service you couldn't remember the name of was Aime Street. The songs were free at first, escalating to 99 cents max. You got a limited number of recommendations and you earned street cred (more recs) when songs you recommended increased in value. People that were good at finding the good stuff gained status and followers.
I spent entirely too much time on that site looking for the next big thing. They got bought out by Amazon, who immediately shut it down.
That sucks. Ancestry.com is an amazing service from the consumer POV. You put your parents and grandparents names in, and 4 hours later you are still at your computer, and you've traced your family back to 1500s France; when 4 hours previously you didn't even know you were French.