I just checked and Apple is charging the same price for Leopard in the Canadian store (in C$) as in the US store (in US$). There are laggards, but at least Apple doesn’t seem to be one of them.
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the good folks over at OpenCOLA: the OpenCola.com soft drink formula. Noted with interest: the typically Canadian use of the term “soft drink”. I assume that’s one Cory Doctorow’s influences. Be sure to read the following: “this is *not* the recipe for “OpenCola” — that is, the canned beverage that you may have received at a trade show or similar venue. Making canned cola requires millions of dollars in abstruse gear and manufactory gizmos. Making that kind of cola is unrealistic. You need to manage your expectations better. Grow up already. This is a kitchen-sink recipe that you can make all on your own.”
. Clinton And The Fugitive Financier: “Marc Rich’s plight is a lot like that of Native American activist Leonard Peltier, except Rich has eleventy gazillion dollars and isn’t in jail.”
: You can put an idea for a website on the table and I can turn that into a half-million dollar proposal including detailed product descriptions, market analysis, competitive analysis, flowcharts, timelines, personnel requirements, etc. in a couple of days or a week. You can give me a vague notion of a new feature you want in an existing site and I can analyze it, figure out what it should be and how it should fit, in great detail, no problem. Offline – no problem – I once edited and largely rewrote an 800 page postal procedures manual. But I can’t deal with basic bureaucracy.
I’m going to be here, here, and at a couple other seemingly random government offices today.
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World AIDS day this article on the high prices for AIDS drugs caught my eye. I’m not sure though. Generics cost less because those companies don’t spend much money at all on basic research, clinical trials, product education, etc. So to compare their prices with those charged by the big pharma companies isn’t exactly fair.
It can cost a company billions of dollars to bring any drug to market – whether it’s an AIDS drug or some other therapeutic agent. And generics companies don’t do any of that work – or very little. Maybe governments should be underwriting the drug costs?