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Drug companies are sitting on generics — 43% of recently approved aren’t for sale in the US

Date Published: Sat, 9 Feb 2019 14:38:31 +0200

Drug companies are sitting on generics — 43% of recently approved aren’t for sale in the US

Of the more than 1,600 generic drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration since January of 2017, more than 700—or 43 percent—are not for sale in the US, according to a new analysis by Kaiser Health News.

The finding means that many pricy, brand-name drugs are not facing the competition that could help drive down soaring prices. Among the drugs missing in action are generic versions of the expensive blood thinner Brilinta and the HIV medication Truvada. Moreover, of the approved drugs that would offer a brand-name drug its first competition, 36 percent are being held off the market, the analysis found.

He added that an FDA analysis found that on average it takes the introduction of five generic versions of a drug to the market to drive down a drug’s price to 33 percent of the original branded price.

See https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/02/drug-companies-are-sitting-on-generics-43-of-recently-approved-arent-for-sale/

#bigpharma #pharmaceuticals #drugs


Drug companies are sitting on generics—43% of recently approved aren’t for sale
You pay more for medicine because hundreds of generics aren't for sale.

Guide for GPlus refugees to choose a new social network in the Fediverse

Date Published: Sat, 9 Feb 2019 09:43:22 +0200

Guide for GPlus refugees to choose a new social network in the Fediverse

The advantage of the Fediverse is that you can choose one social network that suits you best, but other followers can find and follow you from a different network. So yes MeWe and Youme.social are not (yet) part of the Fediverse at all and exist on their own.

Should be noted that on photo album capabilities both Friendica and Hubzilla do have photo albums.

See http://homehack.nl/guide-for-gplus-refugees-to-choose-a-new-social-network-in-the-fediverse/

#gplus #fediverse


Guide for GPlus refugees to choose a new social network in the Fediverse - HomeHack
If you're still looking for an alternative social network to replace G+ here is a guide to the Fediverse that helps you choose.

Both "invented" by Gillette: Which Do You Believe To Be The Best?

Date Published: Fri, 8 Feb 2019 21:28:23 +0200

Both "invented" by Gillette: Which Do You Believe To Be The Best?

Interestingly enough Gillette invented the safety razor at the turn of the last century but once their patent expired everyone started manufacturing them using a standard shape blade and profits tumbled for Gillette, who then moved onto cartridge razors and kept tweaking their design to ensure the patents never ran out.

Both these razors are the very best in their class.

The one on the left is a solid stainless steel artisan safety razor by Rex Supply Co using standard double-edged blades. The one on the right is made from plastic composite materials by Gillette and uses Gillette's proprietary multi-blade cartridge blades.

On the left, the razor is expensive with a lifetime warranty but blades are really cheap, and on the right, the razor is relatively cheap but the blades do cost quite a bit more.

#gillette #razors #shaving

Two razors

Both "invented" by Gillette: Which Do You Believe To Be The Best?

Date Published: Fri, 8 Feb 2019 21:28:23 +0200

Both "invented" by Gillette: Which Do You Believe To Be The Best?

Interestingly enough Gillette invented the safety razor at the turn of the last century but once their patent expired everyone started manufacturing them using a standard shape blade and profits tumbled for Gillette, who then moved onto cartridge razors and kept tweaking their design to ensure the patents never ran out.

Both these razors are the very best in their class.

The one on the left is a solid stainless steel artisan safety razor by Rex Supply Co using standard double-edged blades. The one on the right is made from plastic composite materials by Gillette and uses Gillette's proprietary multi-blade cartridge blades.

On the left, the razor is expensive with a lifetime warranty but blades are really cheap, and on the right, the razor is relatively cheap but the blades do cost quite a bit more.

#gillette #razors #shaving

Two razors

Both "invented" by Gillette: Which Do You Believe To Be The Best?

Date Published: Fri, 8 Feb 2019 21:28:23 +0200

Both "invented" by Gillette: Which Do You Believe To Be The Best?

Interestingly enough Gillette invented the safety razor at the turn of the last century but once their patent expired everyone started manufacturing them using a standard shape blade and profits tumbled for Gillette, who then moved onto cartridge razors and kept tweaking their design to ensure the patents never ran out.

Both these razors are the very best in their class.

The one on the left is a solid stainless steel artisan safety razor by Rex Supply Co using standard double-edged blades. The one on the right is made from plastic composite materials by Gillette and uses Gillette's proprietary multi-blade cartridge blades.

On the left, the razor is expensive with a lifetime warranty but blades are really cheap, and on the right, the razor is relatively cheap but the blades do cost quite a bit more.

#gillette #razors #shaving

Two razors

Arcimoto Uncorks The Fun Utility Vehicle (FUV) With The New Flagship Evergreen Edition

Date Published: Fri, 8 Feb 2019 20:28:24 +0200

Arcimoto Uncorks The Fun Utility Vehicle (FUV) With The New Flagship Evergreen Edition

The FUV Evergreen edition comes packed with options including heated seats and grips for those struggling with actual winter weather and Bluetooth speakers to amp up the energy on the trip. When the winter weather gives way to balmy summer weather, the removable doors and lockable rear storage let owners get out and take in nature in a completely new way.

Yes, $19,900 costs a lot more than a $5,000 ATV type equivalent, but this one has a 100+ mile (160km) range and a top speed of 75 miles an hour (120 km/h)... and its American made. Again this type of vehicle is not going to be any long-range inter-city traveller as its intended for city commuting where many people spend most of their time.

See https://cleantechnica.com/2019/02/07/arcimoto-uncorks-the-fun-utility-vehicle-with-the-new-flagship-evergreen-edition/

#arcimoto #EV


Arcimoto Uncorks The Fun Utility Vehicle With The New Flagship Evergreen Edition | CleanTechnica
Arcimoto, the designer and manufacturer of the fully electric, three-wheeled, two-seater Fun Utility Vehicle, has rolled out the fully loaded 'FUV Evergreen Edition' that comes with all sorts of new goodies to truly blow the lid off the FUV experience

South African Post Office testing hydrogen-powered scooters

Date Published: Fri, 8 Feb 2019 19:43:18 +0200

South African Post Office testing hydrogen-powered scooters

In addition to plans to introduce the technology to municipal bus fleets, the Department of Transport said that it had also begun trialling hydrogen technology in a number of ‘demonstration projects’ to showcase how the technology can make an impact in a number of sectors.

This includes a new trial of hydrogen-powered scooters at the South African Post Office.

“Battery electric scooters tend to encounter challenges associated with range limitations, particularly in areas where the terrain is bad,” the Department of Transport said.

“In such instances, hydrogen fuel cells could be used to extend the range of these scooters and increase productivity.

“A project of this nature is currently underway through a collaboration between HySA and the South African Post Office (SAPO), with funding from the Department of Science and Technology.

“At least three battery electric scooters will have their range extended using hydrogen fuel cells with the onboard hydrogen stored in containers using metal hydride hydrogen storage material developed through the HySA Programme.

See https://mybroadband.co.za/news/motoring/295298-sa-post-office-testing-hydrogen-powered-scooters.html

#SAPO #hydrogen


SA Post Office testing hydrogen-powered scooters
South Africa is currently working on a number of new transport technologies as it slowly moves away from petrol and diesel-based engines.

We are very happy using TDD LTE instead of FDD – Telkom

Date Published: Fri, 8 Feb 2019 19:35:10 +0200

We are very happy using TDD LTE instead of FDD – Telkom

Telkom’s LTE network is different from that of other operators – a fact which can be noted from its relatively slow upload speeds.

MyBroadband’s network performance tests show that while Telkom’s LTE download speeds compete with those of other operators, its upload speeds are notably lower.

This is due to Telkom’s use of Time Division Duplex (TDD) technology, instead of the Frequency Division Duplex (FDD) technology used by other LTE network operators.

FDD uses around twice the spectrum required by TDD, and requires upload and download transmission to be synchronous – translating to similar upload and download speeds for users.

Telkom, however, uses a TDD-based LTE network, which uses a single frequency band to receive and transmit data.

Interesting read for those making a decision on an LTE network within South Africa.

See https://mybroadband.co.za/news/telecoms/295212-we-are-very-happy-using-tdd-lte-telkom.html

#Telkom #LTE


We are very happy using TDD LTE – Telkom
MyBroadband spoke to Telkom about the technology behind its LTE network and whether it was satisfied with the performance of TDD.

LibreOffice 6.2 brings new interfaces, performance improvements to the open source office suite

Date Published: Thu, 7 Feb 2019 22:44:06 +0200

LibreOffice 6.2 brings new interfaces, performance improvements to the open source office suite

New interface styles and feature improvements are available in version 6.2 of LibreOffice — the most popular open-source office suite — released Thursday by The Document Foundation. As with any software update, bug fixes and feature enhancements are present, making this release a significant upgrade, particularly for users coming from Microsoft Office, or working with files created with those programs.

LibreOffice now supports SVG-based icons for toolbars in the Breeze, Colibre, and Elementary icon sets as an experimental feature, to better support HiDPI displays increasingly found in notebook PCs. The Elementary icon set was also improved significantly, adding a 32px PNG version, and fixing inconsistencies between the 16, 24, and 32px versions, as well as adding more icons across the set to prevent reverting to defaults.

LibreOffice 6.2 includes improvements to EMF+ vector images used in Microsoft Office documents, particularly in String Drawing components used frequently in graphs. Additionally, support for animation in PowerPoint files has been improved. Major improvements to the way tracked changes in Writer are handled makes them significantly faster than before. As such, documents with extensive tracked changes no longer suffer from performance slowdowns.

See https://www.techrepublic.com/article/libreoffice-6-2-brings-new-interfaces-performance-improvements-to-the-open-source-office-suite/

#libreoffice


LibreOffice 6.2 brings new interfaces, performance improvements to the open source office suite - TechRepublic

Have your passwords been stolen by hackers? New Chrome extension will let you know

Date Published: Thu, 7 Feb 2019 22:19:30 +0200

Have your passwords been stolen by hackers? New Chrome extension will let you know

If you have multiple online accounts (you probably do), and you've been on the internet for more than a few years, chances are at least some of your passwords have ended up in the wrong hands. Proof: Huge databases of stolen email/password combinations that are making the rounds online.

There's now a very easy and secure way to check whether your password is one of those databases, in the form of a new Chrome extension called Password Checkup.

Your passwords are never seen by Google (the company only stores a hashed, partial code for unsafe passwords in your Chrome browser), and Google claims the extension "never reports any identifying information about your accounts, passwords, or device."

See https://mashable.com/article/google-password-checkup/#1Ebf5IR2Iuqs

#passwords


Have your passwords been stolen by hackers? New Chrome extension will let you know
Google's new Password Checkup Chrome extension is a must-have.
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