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By cam (Tue Apr 11, 2006 at 08:24:31 AM EST) Disease Formulation 2000, Ma Ruby (all tags)

From the article;

PHARMACEUTICAL companies are systematically creating diseases in order to sell more of their products, turning healthy people into patients and placing many at risk of harm, a special edition of a leading medical journal claims today.

The practice of “diseasemongering” by the drug industry is promoting non-existent illnesses or exaggerating minor ones for the sake of profits, according to a set of essays published by the open-access journal Public Library of Science Medicine.

I never would have guessed, though since I read that article I am genuinely worried that I have a bad case of crazy legs syndrome!

Target Marketing

Has this been on slashdot yet? Talk about knowing your target market.

He also knows ni;

Have you ever come across Smalltalk or Lisp programmers? You know, these people who, no matter what you tell them, will always respond that "Smalltalk did that twenty years ago" or that "Nothing has been invented since Lisp". They listen to you patiently with an amused light in their eyes and when you're done talking, they will just shrug away your points and kindly recommend that you read up on a thirty-year old technology that was the last thing they ever learned and that has been dictating every single technical judgment they have offered since then.

Kidding ni. Article continues;

I'll conclude on a positive note: I hope I'm wrong. I really, sincerely do. For my next work, I want to have a choice between Java and Ruby, but right now, when in doubt, even I usually end up returning to Java for my personal projects for the reasons listed above.

Even command line projects? He also left out Python and that other $ language which people love.


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Is the purple pill right for you? by Bob Abooey (4.00 / 1) #1 Tue Apr 11, 2006 at 08:28:40 AM EST
Ask your doctor today!

Warmest regards,
--Your best pal Bob

Don't make fun by jayhawk88 (4.00 / 1) #4 Tue Apr 11, 2006 at 08:50:19 AM EST
That commercial was a touchstone of our modern society. Sort of like the first car commercial that didn't actually show the car.

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Such synchronicity! by lm (4.00 / 2) #2 Tue Apr 11, 2006 at 08:36:15 AM EST
I'm starting a project in Perl as we speak.

There is no more degenerate kind of state than that in which the richest are supposed to be the best.
Cicero, The Republic
Doh by cam (4.00 / 1) #3 Tue Apr 11, 2006 at 08:48:05 AM EST
Forgot to rubbish perl too. Make sure your project is unreadable, remember whitespacing is optional always.

Freedom, liberty, equity and an Australian Republic

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My project is for a university by lm (4.00 / 2) #5 Tue Apr 11, 2006 at 09:05:01 AM EST
Some day it will make a comp sci major cry.

There is no more degenerate kind of state than that in which the richest are supposed to be the best.
Cicero, The Republic
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Cry? by Improbus (4.00 / 1) #9 Tue Apr 11, 2006 at 09:26:14 AM EST
My first job as a freshman research assistant in college was to take FORTRAN spaghetti code written by four physics graduate students to calculate planetary magnetospheres and turn it into something that made sense and had COMMENTS.  Now, that is a job that will make you cry.

If you immediately know the candlelight is fire, the meal was cooked a long time ago. --- Oma Desala
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I was supposed to do a project by cam (2.00 / 0) #11 Tue Apr 11, 2006 at 09:33:14 AM EST
that transferred a Fortran virtual energy program to something more modern, thankfully we couldnt get the data of the old VMS system it was on, so the whole project got ignored.

Freedom, liberty, equity and an Australian Republic

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You have my condolences by lm (2.00 / 0) #13 Tue Apr 11, 2006 at 09:38:44 AM EST
But do note that I'm not interested in crying. I merely want to make future comp sci students cry.

There is no more degenerate kind of state than that in which the richest are supposed to be the best.
Cicero, The Republic
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Timely by ad hoc (4.00 / 1) #6 Tue Apr 11, 2006 at 09:06:38 AM EST
Yet another timely article from The Atlantic Monthly. Even though I hate them for abandoning Boston for DC, it's still a good magazine.

The Drug Pushers

Prilosec is the kind of drug most reps can only dream about. The industry usually considers a drug to be a blockbuster if it reaches a billion dollars a year in sales. In 1998 Prilosec became the first drug in America to reach $5 billion a year. In 2000 it made $6 billion. Prilosec’s success was not the result of a massive heartburn epidemic. It was based on the same principle that drove the success of many other 1990s blockbusters, from Vioxx to Viagra: the restoration of an ordinary biological function that time and circumstance had eroded. In the case of Prilosec, the function was digestion. Many people discovered that the drug allowed them to eat the burritos and curries that their gastrointestinal systems had placed off-limits. So what if Prilosec was $4 a pill, compared with a quarter or so for a Tagamet? Patients still begged for it. Prilosec was their savior. Astra Merck marketed Prilosec as the “purple pill,” but, according to Carbona, many patients called it “purple Jesus.”

How did Astra Merck do it? Prilosec was the first proton pump inhibitor (a drug that inhibits the production of stomach acid) approved by the Food and Drug Administration, and thus the first drug available in its class. By definition this gave it a considerable head start on the competition. In the late 1990s Astra Merck mounted a huge direct-to-consumer campaign; ads for the purple pill were ubiquitous. But consumer advertising can do only so much for a drug, because doctors, not patients, write the prescriptions. This is where reps become indispensable.

Close friendships and a private room can offer most of the things love does.
Heh by ucblockhead (4.00 / 1) #7 Tue Apr 11, 2006 at 09:18:46 AM EST
I'm old enough to remember when most of those complaints were levelled at Java.
[ucblockhead is] useless and subhuman
D actually exists by Rogerborg (4.00 / 2) #8 Tue Apr 11, 2006 at 09:20:00 AM EST
It actually looks quite nice.

Metus amatores matrum compescit, non clementia.
All the cool kids are up to F by cam (4.00 / 1) #10 Tue Apr 11, 2006 at 09:31:29 AM EST
restless legs syndrome by wiredog (4.00 / 1) #12 Tue Apr 11, 2006 at 09:35:50 AM EST
That one really exists. There was an article in the Post a year or so ago about it by one of their web-chat moderators (the one who mods the Weingarten chat) who has it.

Sounds very uncomfortable.

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

ppppht! by dr k (2.00 / 0) #14 Tue Apr 11, 2006 at 10:51:23 AM EST
Of course there was an article about it -- that's what marketers do. Please try to be a little more skeptical.

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Article by the person with RLS by wiredog (2.00 / 0) #17 Wed Apr 12, 2006 at 03:01:25 AM EST
Someone who had been talking about it for years before RLS became well known.

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

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Blorp by 606 (4.00 / 1) #15 Tue Apr 11, 2006 at 03:22:14 PM EST
Stirrin' up the language wars again, are ye?

I have to say that I don't really care whether Ruby on Rails succeeds as the future of web development. All I care about it whether it succeeds at what I need it to do. For instance the gigantic, scalable, enterprise grade system at my work is based on Python because it's a nice language to work in and it works well for us.

As a language i'm not a huge fan of Ruby. I find Python a much simpler language to work with, with most of Ruby's sexy features still in place ("Duck Typing" is basically just dynamic binding with a stupid name). I think that the Rails libraries, however, are pretty damn slick.

However, I wish all the Ruby zealots at the office would shut the hell up. I don't care how nice the libraries are, you're going to need a hell of a lot more than Textmate macros to tackle an application as big as ours.

imagine dancing banana here

That Crazy Legs Syndrome by nebbish (4.00 / 1) #16 Wed Apr 12, 2006 at 02:10:22 AM EST
I ACTUALLY GET THAT. If I haven't had enough sleep when I finally get to relax my legs feel like I need to move them about. It makes it quite hard to get to sleep. You sort of have to trick yourself to forget about it.

I thought everyone got it.

It's political correctness gone mad!

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