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Comment: Editors.. publish or perish? (Score 1) 330

by Phobos Gekko (#42771085) Attached to: Online Narcotics Store 'Silk Road' Is Showing Cracks

Craiglist is used for mostly legal things, the silk road exists only to serve an "illegal" purpose, which is selling drugs. I'm not all that familiar with how they stay anonymous, but if there's a way to unravel that system, it would come through cases like this most likely. I think this guy got busted for selling drugs outside the silk road, as per the article, and was overall a stupid drug dealer. A quote about human stupidity and why we can't have nice things (for a user the Silk Road is heaven.. till they OD) is in order I suppose.

What's stupid is this article.. and I do understand how oft-mentioned this is, but do the editors perform /any/ tasks? Or is it a sort of 'publish or perish'?

Comment: Nothing special (Score 5, Informative) 34

by Phobos Gekko (#42312713) Attached to: Austria's Mobile Drug Lab Could Test Street-Drug Effects, Too
As per the abstract, compounds to be identified are done so with a mass spectrometer - nothing special if you're used to working in an organic chemistry lab. The identified molecule is then checked against a database of other known molecules, where if it happens to be new and unidentified, a test is then performed to see how markedly it affects serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine. From this, you are able to /roughly/ infer what actions and side-effects it may cause to the user. That's the gist of it!

I have yet to see any problem, however complicated, which, when you looked at it in the right way, did not become still more complicated. -- Poul Anderson