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|mobile spectrometer (01/05/14 21:08:51)||Reply|
|Re: mobile spectrometer (03/05/14 13:59:09)||Reply|
I suppose drug addicts can use it to see whether it's e or amphetamine or methamphetamine, or whether it's heroin or crocodil, and maybe how much quinine there is in the heroin, or how much lidocaine there is in the cocaine, or the percentage of THC acid A content of a lump of hashish.
It's a gadget for dodgy bars. I never willingly go such places, and if I did - I would use the gadget veeeery discretely. Those strong guys probably would not like it if I talked too loudly about the lidocaine content of the coke.
|Re: Re: mobile spectrometer (03/05/14 21:20:13)||Reply|
if it ever happens though.. no food monopoly would allow everybody to know what's in that white thing they call "milk".
maybe Same as inventing a mass way for reading thoughts would act on politicians..
|Re: Re: Re: mobile spectrometer (04/05/14 08:10:40)||Reply|
Besides - I don't believe that the food monopolies - say Nestlé - would dare such faking. Too much at stake for a legitimate company. But Nestlé counterfeits could contain anything.
Reading thoughts would act on politicians? They only think of themselves. I used to think that elections and politics were about politics. Now I know that they deal exclusively with re-electing the government. In Europe they're not good at even that - and they lack the tools available in other places such as some big countries eastward of Europe.
|Re: Re: Re: mobile spectrometer (10/05/14 20:23:33)||Reply|
Personal analytical instruments already exist in the shape of breath analyzers for alcohol, glucose meters, anticoagulant monitoring, lactic acid for sporters, beta hydroxy butyric acid for diabetes patients with poor control, cholesterol meters. All these methods are single-channel methods based on biological detection, usually enzymes. Ah yes, then we have the pregnancy tests, which are antibody-based.
Spectrometers and chromatographs are - AFAIK - not yet ripe for the consumer market. The existing gadgets such as glucometers are complex enough - electronically
and chemically - and a chromatograph or spectrometer will be worse. But I'm sure one of those will go along with the first travellers to Mars.
|Re: Re: Re: Re: mobile spectrometer (10/05/14 21:54:30)||Reply|
|The chase (11/05/14 08:00:55)||Reply|
In my system there might be difficulties distinguishing between crime and stupidity. The development goes towards more crime, thanks to our import of sophisticated criminals from some of the newer EU countries plus some failed-state non-EU countries.
For a long time our system has been trying to persuade the crims to change their ways. Finally it seems to be dawning on them that other methods give better results - but at a high price.
Fake certificates - we've seen it. Fakes in scientific publications: we've seen that too. Corruption in the universities and the public services ......
And there are lots of worse places.
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