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  • Sep 22nd, 2015 @ 4:43pm

    Re: Re: Cost of Drug

    No, Shkreli purchased exclusive distribution rights in the US from the manufacturer. No other company can buy it and resell it here due to that.

  • Sep 21st, 2015 @ 2:22pm

    Re: The only positive

    If you meant formatting for comments, TD uses some HTML tags. The allowed ones are listed below the comment window.

  • Sep 21st, 2015 @ 2:03pm

    Re: Re: Marginal price

    The medicine cost only $1 a pill several years ago (article isn't clear on how long ago that was), so it's pretty obvious the cost to manufacture here isn't very high. Certainly nowhere near $13 a pill, and not even in the same ballpark as $750 a pill. I won't claim every generic should cost pennies per pill, but this generic shouldn't be more than $1-$2 a pill.

    This company also has zero development costs to recoup, the medicine has been around since 1953. The guy says he's doing this to fund R&D into a new drug for the disease, but there's actually no demand or need for one. So that's probably a lie to try to justify the insane price gouging.

  • Sep 20th, 2015 @ 12:23pm

    Re: Re: Reply:

    The thing that really gets me about this one is that it doesn't sound like it was the parents' fault at all that he overdosed. They had gone above and beyond what would be expected of any parent, spending huge sums of money trying to help him deal with his drug problem.

    So ultimately the only cause here is: their son. No one else is to blame, it all falls on him.

    I do feel sorry for them losing their child, but their lawsuits are making me lose that sympathy fast. At this point it does look like nothing but trying to cash in on their son's death, which is disgusting.

  • Sep 17th, 2015 @ 3:16pm

    Re: Re:

    Nah, it's when you click on an innocuous-looking link and find it actually redirects to

  • Sep 17th, 2015 @ 3:14pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    Ahmed's clock wasn't "knowingly manufactured with the intent of being a hoax bomb" and yet he was arrested under this statute. So either the police arrested him illegally, or they're legally interpreting the statute in such a way that would allow a dildo or a Taco Bell to also be included.

    So you have either:
    1. The police acted illegally the entire time.
    2. The law allows almost anything to be considered a hoax bomb by authorities.

    Neither is good.

  • Aug 26th, 2015 @ 6:07pm

    Re: What a joke.

    You're not the only one. I started out hopeful, and liked what I saw in the technical preview. The new start menu was well done, and the live tiles could be completely removed. I was a bit concerned about the update policy, but figured it was because it was beta software and Microsoft wanted the beta testers current.

    And... it's been downhill ever since. To be able to schedule when my updates happen, I'd have to upgrade to professional, making Win10 a non-free upgrade. Then all this crap with privacy, or lack thereof.

    I have had problems and disliked some previous Windows OS versions (notably ME and Vista), but I never seriously considered switching to Linux before. Now, I am. If Windows 10 is still looking awful in a year's time, I'm just going to plan to switch over to Linux by Windows 7's end-of-life. I may seriously do it anyway, because I no longer trust Microsoft at all.

    Congrats Microsoft.

  • Aug 5th, 2015 @ 6:11am

    Re: Re: Re: appeal : [DO NOT PUBLISH]

    Sealing is entirely different, that's when it's a secret decision and closed to anyone beyond the participants knowing about it. Unpublished decisions are simply decisions unavailable for citation in other cases, as the court deems them to have insufficient precedential value.

    Basically all it means is "hey, this isn't worth citing, so don't do so".

    Now there is some controversy about unpublished decisions, but it's not meant to be secret in the same way that sealing a decision is. And this particular one would be uncontroversial, since it's just a simple and short upholding of the prior decision (which can be cited).

  • Jun 3rd, 2015 @ 10:37am


    Obviously someone who can't take being the Butt of the joke.

  • Jun 1st, 2015 @ 9:39pm

    Even if he IS an employee, how's he eligible?

    This seems like a totally bogus decision. Even if he IS an employee, those actions would have gotten him fired. (For good reason too.) And you don't get unemployment if you're terminated for cause. So I just don't see how he qualifies for unemployment either way.

  • May 4th, 2015 @ 2:04pm

    Well this move is already driving piracy

    This is insanely stupid and short-sighted. I recently was hunting for an old album and found it on Spotify. I was quite happy to listen to it for free and legally. But now that this is happening I'll be looking to stream rip it. That way I'll still be able to listen to it if Spotify has to kill the free tier.

    This helped piracy how exactly? Now they're going from some money via my legal streaming to zero money with my stream ripping. Brilliant move guys!

  • Apr 23rd, 2015 @ 5:33pm


    But of course it'll just be used to buy the CEO another solid gold yacht instead. He needs a new one badly. The last one sank, something about being a bit too heavy?

  • Mar 19th, 2015 @ 10:58am

    Re: Re: ok, but...

    Asking for an ID won't save you either. I remember a case, I believe it was in England, where a girl under legal age had lied to a guy and showed him a fake ID to prove she was the age she claimed. He still ended up charged and convicted over it.

    And yes, some preteens/teens who mature early do look like adults. Some look like a cross between a child and an adult (usually the face looks more childish, but body is mature). Sometimes you really can't tell by looking at them.

  • Mar 4th, 2015 @ 6:31am

    Re: Overturn the veto

    I looked at the article to see if it mentions that, and it had this:

    It would take a two-thirds vote in the Legislature to override Mead's veto. The bill cleared both houses by margins far above that level in this legislative session. The bill had been sponsored by the Joint Interim Judiciary Committee, which held hearings on it last year.
    So the odds are good it will get passed over his veto.

  • Mar 3rd, 2015 @ 5:06am

    Why no criminal child porn charges against these people yet?

    I really don't get why police/prosecutors haven't jumped at the chance to press criminal child porn charges against the various revenge porn sites. They're happy to press said charges against teens who took nude photos of themselves, but here we have a pretty clear example of actual child porn distribution and not a peep.

    It wouldn't even be a problematic charge. If you aren't verifying ages and refuse to take pictures down, you damn well deserve to be charged with distribution of child pornography!

  • Feb 25th, 2015 @ 5:23pm

    Not a shred of similarity

    That's just insane, I can't see anything remotely similar. Old Ox uses blue, yes, but it's nowhere near Red Bull's blue. Maybe Red Bull thinks the X mimics their diagonal on the can, but... the angle's not even close to the same. (Also, it's a fucking letter X.)

    I guess Red Bull's just full of bullshit and needs to let it out.

  • Feb 19th, 2015 @ 2:52am


    It'll be destroyed as contraband. They aren't allowed to give it back even in cases like this because it's illegal stuff.

    Or at least that's what is supposed to happen. Given the incompetence on display here who knows what will actually happen.

  • Feb 17th, 2015 @ 7:22pm


    Marlboro is made/marketed by Phillip Morris, and probably their most famous brand. That's why he's using it.

  • Feb 5th, 2015 @ 4:27pm

    Apparently you can't read

    The article mentioned both grants from the German government, and that the last one ran out in 2010. It further mentions he continued to pay the programmer he'd hired for two more years in hopes more funding would come in. That should account for all the German grant funds.

    And as for Stripe/Facebook/Linux Foundation tweets, you really need to look at timestamps, it's not hard. All those tweets are from 2015/02/05, aka, TODAY. In fact, the times on both are after the time of this post. Meaning they happened after the fact. This post got attention and now he's got funding he didn't have yesterday.

  • Jan 29th, 2015 @ 1:27pm

    Time for a new organization to fight for the public domain

    I've thought about this for a while now, but I think one thing we really need is a new organization, one called something like "Citizens for the Public Domain" or maybe "Public Domain Defenders". The beauty of this organization will be its ability to throw the copyright maximalists' rhetoric right back at them, but now framed as defending the public domain.

    Instead of talk of pirates "stealing" digital copies of stuff, this organization can talk about how copyright maximalists really are stealing the public domain from us, year by year, and wanting to take even more of it. And you know, maybe all those pirates are just reacting to that and taking the public domain back with their own hands. Sure you can argue against this, but it's harder, and it comes off as an attack on the public, not "protecting starving artists" any longer.

    There are other examples too, but I'm having a bad day with my health (lots of pain) and can't remember all I had come up with. I'll reply with more if I can remember them. I do think this would help, even if it couldn't get the public's attention (since mainstream media is unlikely to report on anything that's not in copyright maximalists' favor), it could get congress' attention. It might be the difference between yet another copyright extension and/or more draconian copyright laws getting passed and them not. And it would put copyright maximalists on the defensive, which is always good. And like I mentioned above, it helps to reframe all of the maximalists attacks as the attack on the public they really are, making it harder for them to gain ground.

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