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  • Leftovers

    • Hardware

      • What To Do When Your Computer Fails

        This is a note I took based on my experience with computer failure. You can imagine worst situation when everything is closer to an end. It feels frustrating and can lead to despair. You may already found the signs that your hard disk drive, display, touchpad, USB ports, are already in worse condition. Before your machine die for sure, you can learn something from my reflections below as now mine died. It died after worked for me since 2016 almost nonstop everyday. I hope you would never experience any of my story and only got solutions and the good things if anytime things going worse.

    • Health/Nutrition

    • Defence/Aggression

      • Breonna Taylor’s Family Demands a Special Prosecutor to Reopen Case

        Breonna Taylor’s family is calling on Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear to appoint a new special prosecutor to reopen the case after they say newly released grand jury tapes confirm the state Attorney General Daniel Cameron “did not serve as an unbiased prosecutor in this case and intentionally did not present charges to the grand jury that would have pursued justice for Ms. Taylor.” Cameron complied with a judicial order to release 15 hours of audiotapes just before the judge’s noon deadline on Friday. “The recordings that were released were just as we assumed they were, that nobody was presenting evidence on behalf of Breonna Taylor,” says Ben Crump, a civil rights attorney representing Taylor’s family. We also speak with Democratic Kentucky Representative Attica Scott, who was arrested last month during a protest in Louisville calling for justice in the case and faces charges of first-degree rioting, failure to disperse and unlawful assembly, even as police officers were directly charged in Taylor’s killing.

      • Peace Groups Blockade Creech Air Force Base to Protest ‘Illegal and Inhumane Remote Killing’ by US Drones

        One CodePink protester said she hopes the week-long protest “will teach the soldiers that they must take control of and understand the consequences of their actions.”

      • For Black Panthers, Radicalization Entailed Self-Transformation

        As a new generation rises up against racist police and vigilante violence, organizers are thinking through how to build a mass movement that fully engages the most marginalized. Useful lessons can be found in the history of the Black Panther Party, if one reaches beyond the imagery of leather jackets and shotguns.

    • Finance

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • Trump’s Barrett Nomination Another Step Toward Christian Fascism

        All fascist and totalitarian movements paper over their squalid belief systems with the veneer of morality.

      • Why transactional sex is difficult to stop in the aid sector

        The most common type of sexual misconduct by humanitarian staff is transactional sex.
        It is generally not criminal and involves some level of negotiation and agency on the part of victims. And, in part, that’s what makes it so difficult to stamp out.
        It’s sometimes called “survival sex” – but in the context of extreme deprivation, desperation, and insecurity, what choices do the survivors really have?
        Sex is traded, under varying levels of coercion, for money, protection, or, as in the latest allegations from the Democractic Republic of Congo, jobs with international aid organisations. Some aid workers have also been accused of withholding humanitarian supplies until they receive sexual favours.
        The international community has known for more than 20 years that sexual misconduct by aid workers is a serious issue that violates the foundational values on which humanitarian work is based.

    • Monopolies

      • Patents

        • Inducing Infringement by Making a Product Available

          RE40,000 (original US Pat 5,760,069). Each of these drugs were already known for treating heart disease, and the narrowing reissue was filed after Teva first challenged the patent.

          Teva did a couple of things to avoid infringement. First, Teva waited until 2007 to launch its product — that was when the underlying patent on the drug carvedilol expired. Second, Teva attempted to avoid directly market its drug for the purposes of treating congestive heart failure. In particular, its product labelling focused instead on hypertension and Ventricular Dysfunction following MI (two non-patented approved uses of the drug). However, in 2011 the FDA required Teva to alter its labelling to be identical-in-content to the approved GSK product. Thus, in 2011 Teva added treatment for heart failure as an indication for treatment.

        • Patent case: II GSK 795/17, Poland

          The Supreme Administrative Court held that the publication of an application for a European patent that included the description of an industrial design in the relevant journal before the protection for such design was requested meant that the relevant design had been made available to the public and thus was not eligible for registration. With this in mind, the Supreme Administrative Court upheld the decision of the Polish Patent Office to invalidate the industrial design right. This decision was reached notwithstanding the fact that the European patent for the invention disclosed in the above-mentioned patent application was ultimately not granted.

          [....]

          On appeal here, the Federal Circuit has reversed — holding that the circumstantial evidence of inducement was sufficient. In particular, in this situation Doctors relied upon Teva’s statements that its drug was interchangeable with GSK’s — a “complete replacement.” My Mizzou colleague, Professor Erika Lietzan testified as a FDA-expert for GSK at trial. Her testimony includes the conclusion that (1) the “AB-rating” of the generic indicates that the products are interchangeable; and (2) comparing GSK’s product by-name creates an implication of interchangeability.

          [...]

          Chief Judge Prost wrote in dissent — arguing that the decision here undermines the balance between innovator incentives and the introduction of lower-cost generics.

          [...]

          The majority also sustained the jury’s damages verdict. Teva argued that the lost-profit award was improper because there were other generic versions on the market. If Teva hadn’t been on the market then the sales would have gone to the other generic producer — not back to the higher-priced GSK. In its decision, the district court identified the other generic versions as “infringing alternatives” (GSK is in a separate lawsuit against them) and thus should not count in the economic picture of lost profits. On appeal, the Federal Circuit affirmed — holding that “The district court correctly instructed the jury that the availability of carvedilol from other generic producers is not a ‘noninfringing substitute.’”

          Thus, in the end, the jury verdict is reinstated and Teva will have to pay the money. Note — the ‘000 patent is also expired and so generics continue to be available.

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