cross-posted from: https://lemmy.world/post/9298788
The Biden Administration on Thursday announced it is setting new policy that will allow it to seize patents for medicines developed with government funding if it believes their prices are too high.
The policy creates a roadmap for the government's so-called march-in rights, which have never been used before. They would allow the government to grant additional licenses to third parties for products developed using federal funds if the original patent holder does not make them available to the public on reasonable terms.
Under the draft roadmap, seen by Reuters, the government will consider factors including whether only a narrow set of patients can afford the drug, and whether drugmakers are exploiting a health or safety issue by hiking prices.
"We'll make it clear that when drug companies won't sell taxpayer funded drugs at reasonable prices, we will be prepared to allow other companies to provide those drugs for less," White House adviser Lael Brainard said on a press call.
Hope everyone had a good November.
Here's the monthly update on what is happening at the moment on Lemmy.zip!
Here's some communities you might be interested in!
At the moment we're in a bit of holding pattern pending the release the of Lemmy 0.19 - The latest dev post indicates that the release of 0.19 should be quite soon once they're able to fix the remaining bugs. Following this, we'll schedule some downtime so we can update the server.
Some of the main points of 0.19 are:
- per user Instance Blocking, i.e. the ability for a user to defederate a whole instance themselves.
- 2FA fix and reset. This will stop you being able to lock yourself out of your account when setting up 2FA, but if you do have it enabled currently it will reset and you'll need to redo the setup.
- user settings import/export between servers
You can see more information in this dev post on the changes coming.
In case you've missed it, we also shared the public "Federation Stats" dashboard which is linked in the side bar, or you can click here to go straight there - this is a live(ish) view of Lemmy.zip's federation status.
We've also added some small functions to ZippyBot around reporting posts/comments (working on messages) to acknowledge that the report has been reviewed. We're looking at expanding this (after 0.19 is released) to provide some feedback on the action taken/not taken etc, with the ethos of trying to be as transparent as possible.
We're always on the lookout for new ideas or things we can do better - let us know if there is anything you can think of!
Finally, next week Lemmy.zip turns 6 months old!
Interaction reminder (help support the instance!)
If you’re new to Lemmy.zip - WELCOME! I hope you’re enjoying your time here :)
I wanted to take a moment to encourage everyone to actively engage with our platform. Your participation can take many forms: upvoting content you enjoy, sharing your thoughts through posts and comments, sparking meaningful discussions, or even creating new communities that resonate with your interests.
Your involvement is vital in shaping and nurturing our Lemmy.zip instance. It’s natural to see fluctuations in user activity over time, and we’ve seen this over the wider lemmy-verse for some time now. However, if you’ve found a home here and love this space, now is the perfect opportunity to help us thrive.
Together, we can make Lemmy.zip an even more vibrant and welcoming space for everyone. Thank you for being part of our community!
As always, we're extremely thankful to people who are kind enough and in a position to donate. You can always see the instance's financial position on OpenCollective, and what we're aiming towards. If you do donate, you'll get your name in the Thank You Thread.
If you've been enjoying your time here, please consider a donation - it will help keep Lemmy.zip online and all donations go to paying for the server and for the surrounding services like image hosting and email.
Want to help but not in a position to do so financially? Then please remember to interact with the instance! The more users who interact = the better Lemmy.zip becomes!
Time for some graphs, numbers, and stats!
CPU usage over the last 30 days:
Network stats over the last 30 days:
Some disk stats over the last 30 days:
Here's our current image hosting storage:
And here is the headline graph from Cloudflare (please note, all these graphs are still affected from Cloudflare's API downtime last month, so traffic is slightly higher in reality)
This is a more detailed look at the requests through Cloudflare:
This is a more detailed look at the bandwidth:
And this is a more detailed look at the unique visitors:
Finally, this is the traffic breakdown for the top countries over the last 30 days:
Finally, I'd just like to thank everyone for being here - without you, this project wouldn't be as amazing as it is!
As we head in to December I'm mindful that my next update will in 2024! So I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a joyful and peaceful festive period, and I hope you get to spend it with your family, friends, and the people you love.