Um, if you think that copyrighting/trademarking a common word is reaching, what about color?
I don't have links for the recent decision over red soles on women's shoes, nor the company in Germany that trademarked the color blue, but how about this item from 1995, in which Justice Breyer decided that companies DO have the right to trademark colors: http://articles.baltimoresun.com/1995-03-29/news/1995088024_1_color-trademark-protection-pink
Compared to that, a simple little thing like trademarking a common word is pretty tame.
OK, the first millimeter of skin is our tissue target then. It would have been nice if the nature of the cancer in the cluster had been included - anything not involving the epidermis may well be a direct consequence of the common employment of the group, but I would start my search for the culprit by eliminating the scanners, unless their cancers are in the first millimeter.
BTW, the Johns Hopkins paper DID indicate there was a SIGNIFICANT exposure risk (even based on the 'wrong' standard) posed by these scanners... You just have to be upstairs somewhere, not on the ground level.
Don't get me wrong - I am in no way a fan of scanners, I just hope people will pay attention and think while they are reading. Then if a real objection arises, they will not have wasted time and spent their credibility on non-issues.
OP says that the letter says it "questions whether it is even safe to stand near an operating scanner, let alone inside one."
Um, helps to read the fine linked document, which has been partially redacted, but still says "Individual effective dose per screening (frontal and rear) of a subject is , less than the 10 urem (0.10 uSv) limit. Further down a standard (NCRP 1993) is quoted which "recommends that members of the general public receive less than 1 mSv (0.1 rem) per year."
So, if these numbers are compared (who knows if they are reproducible) you are considered safe up to about 10,000 scans per year (1 mSv / 0.10 uSv).
The document does indicate there is a potential danger from X-ray beam overshoot "above and behind" the scanner. Yes, but note in the diagram this area BEGINS at 13.8 FEET above the ground, and RISES IN A CONE!!! So, you may be at risk if you're about 14 feet tall (or work in an office on the second floor?) standing behind the machine...
You know those WiFi-sensitive T-Shirts from ThinkGeek? Maybe it's time for something that responds to X-radiation...
When I >need something like a PDF reader, even for Windows, I often go to freshmeat.net first. There are many more solutions there that are functional in Windows than you might think.
In this case, I typed "PDF suite" into a Wikipedia search box, and ended up on the Foxit Reader page (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foxit_Reader) which contains this sentence:
"Foxit Phantom PDF Suite is a complete suite of PDF editing and creation software." complete with a link to their web site.
In general, though, it is not trivial to determine who can be trusted, and to determine where an obscure application came from.
Interesting. I had a 1986 Ford Taurus wagon that had the mechanics thinking it needed a new cpu module, and I swear that it they showed me something flat, black and squarish under the hood. I thought it was on the forward side of the engine block, but that was a long time ago, and my memory has more holes than swiss cheese.
Did anybody stop to consider the possibility of collateral damage? Aside from beloved portable electronics, what about a hostage with a pacemaker? We don't want to disable that device do we? And to penetrate the body of the car (which side of the engine block are these microprocessors located on, anyway?) they're probably generating a pretty significant pulse.
What about residences or businesses down range??
My cable provider is Cox, and they are in the process of moving to some kind of switched digital provisioning system, with the consequence that CableCards don't work any more. So to get any non-clear content, one now either needs a DVR or cable box. They evidently have a workaround device for Tivo, but this is not going to help me use my CableCard in my TV.
I can't tell if anyone in a low-modded comment suggested this, but how about the Hauppauge HD-PVR? http://www.hauppauge.com/site/products/data_hdpvr.html Have yet to buy one, mainly because I don't think the machine I'm using is fast enough to keep up, but it looks like it should work until component video connectors go away.
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