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Comment: you must not read (Score 1) 109

by Iowan41 (#28860337) Attached to: Healing Wounds With Diamonds
Or else are quite young. Pg 429-430 detail mandatory counseling to get the elderly to kill themselves. Other places tell of how the handicapped will be denied treatment, as will people with chronic illnesses. This program is only good as long as you are young and healthy. After that, they come for you. As to nano-diamonds, they are indeed 'easily' creatable synthetically.

Comment: Re:Why didn't this happen sooner? (Score 1) 408

by Iowan41 (#28776299) Attached to: Lawyer Jailed For Contempt Is Freed After 14 Years
On the contrary, the jury could nullify. The jury could find that the prisoner was unable to comply with the judge's order, or that the judge lacked the authority to order that payment. The jury could nullify the legal basis for ordering that payment. That is why we have juries and not just judges.

Comment: no worries (Score 1) 205

by Iowan41 (#28776093) Attached to: Doctors Fight Patent On Medical Knowledge

BTW, I agree with those who point out that Prometheus ltd can patent a specific process for testing something, which it invented, but NOT the concept of testing for something.

But, no worries, soon all medical practitioners and suppliers will be civil servants, with a GS scale rating, and you will be tested for your actuarial likelihood of tax payments in the future versus the cost of your treatment, and of course, as with auto dealerships, how much you gave to the Party.

Comment: kdawson wants his religion taught, opposes science (Score 1) 646

by Iowan41 (#27384641) Attached to: Mixed Outcome of Texas Textbook Vote
He doesn't want anything but his religion taught, and nothing that might show any scientific thought, any genuine science where even firmly-held paradigms are open to examination, to be suppressed. Even the medieval Roman Catholic Church wasn't this hard-core into censorship. kdawson is anti-science.

Comment: not even close (Score 1) 596

by Iowan41 (#27215293) Attached to: What to Fight Over After Megapixels?
As usual, the commentators know more than the article-writer. With Pentax coming out with it's digital medium-format 645D, talking about an end to the megapixel wars is just plain silly. If you are only going to shoot pictures for yourself and your family, you don't need more than six megapixels and a long, long zoom. Lots of competition in that market. But if you are going to do any professional work you have to have a dSLR, and APS-C is limited. FF is the edge of the mainstream market, and even that will be less in quality than the medium format and full-format backs that cost what many people would like to earn in a year. Of course, megapixels aren't the be all and end-all of cameras. Bit-depth for real high dynamic range, rather than tone-mapping tricks for surreal images is a big factor in the future. Replacing Bayer's filters by having Foveon-style sensors perfected and increasing in megapixels and size is another, for getting better color reproduction. Higher quality zooms to eliminate the need for lens-changing (which introduces dust to the body and the sensor surface) and yet avoid CA, barrel-distortion and pincushioning is another. As nearly everyone has mentioned, eliminating noise in high ISO settings, an area where even common technologies haven't been tapped yet. Film is still 'better', but far less practical. Camera manufacturers and photographers won't be content until the quality of film is exceeded in every respect. Canon and Nikon will continue to focus on advertising and the sports market. Pentax will continue to focus on the outdoors market with build quality, weather-proofing, low battery usage, and in the near future, weight and size reduction. Sony will continue to focus on more features for the price. Olympus still makes great cameras, but the 4:3 alliance needs to do some re-thinking when the rest of the community is salivating for FF.

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