Archive for April 15th, 2008

Must… Take… Deep… Breaths…

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I’m trying not to have palpitations at the thought of The Ultimate Awesome Camera That I Will Never, Ever Own:

Some entirely too ingenious hackers have found a reference to the rumored D3X deep within the bowels of Nikon’s D3 firmware. The reference includes a list of resolutions available to the upcoming shooter, and it’s apparently set to max out at a potentially Higgs Boson-inducing 24.4 megapixels. Word has it that this sensor is likely a variant of the megapixel monster behind Sony’s upcoming A900, but since this is all being extrapolated from a few numbers hidden in some firmware, we’re going to try not to get too ahead of ourselves at this point.

You probably can’t hear it, but I’m pining furiously.  If I ever hit the Powerball, this’ll be the first thing I buy. Um, assuming it’s for real, of course.  But it does seem a bit odd that they would stand pat with the D3 having the same megapixels as the D300 (which is pretty awesome in its own right).

April 15th, 2008 at 10:47pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Coolness,Technology

Bush Continues To Break New Ground In Worst-Ever Presidenting

Dubya reaches another milestone!

At 39 months in the doghouse, George W. Bush has surpassed Harry Truman’s record as the postwar president to linger longest without majority public approval.

Bush hasn’t received majority approval for his work in office in ABC News/Washington Post polls since Jan. 16, 2005 — three years and three months ago. The previous record was Truman’s during his last 38 months in office.

I’m going to go out on a limb and predict that Dubya does not turn it around in office.  So by my calculations, his losing streak will end up at roughly, oh, HIS ENTIRE SECOND TERM.

Buyer’s remorse: We’re soaking in it.

(h/t Blue Texan and The All-Seeing Eye Of Froomkin)

2 comments April 15th, 2008 at 09:23pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Politics,Polls,Republicans

Political Cartoon

Political Cartoon

Who among us does not love political cartoons?

(From Married To The Sea)

April 15th, 2008 at 11:17am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Comics

Medical Researchers Doing The Right Thing

Why do they hate America?

With little fanfare, a small number of prominent academic scientists have made a decision that was until recently all but unheard of. They decided to stop accepting payments from food, drug and medical device companies.

No longer will they be paid for speaking at meetings or for sitting on advisory boards. They may still work with companies. It is important, they say, for knowledgeable scientists to help companies draw up and interpret studies. But the work will be pro bono.

The scientists say their decisions were private and made with mixed emotions. In at least one case, the choice resulted in significant financial sacrifice. While the investigators say they do not want to appear superior to their colleagues, they also express relief. At last, they say, when they offer a heartfelt and scientifically reasoned opinion, no one will silently put an asterisk next to their name.

They are part of a group responding to accusations of ethical conflicts inherent in these arrangements, and their decisions repudiate decades of industry influence, says Dr. Jerome P. Kassirer, a professor at the Tufts School of Medicine, who has written a book on conflicts of interest.

Five years ago, “nobody paid any attention to taking money from industry,” he said, adding: “They just took it. In some instances, I think people thought they were suckers if they didn’t.”

(…)

He attributes the change to publicity about conflicts and what can be almost a public shaming when researchers’ conflicts are published. “Finally, it’s gotten to people,” Dr. Kassirer said.

The story then provides three examples of researchers who voluntarily made this decision.  One recoiled after being blasted by the blogosphere; another began to doubt his own objectivity; and the third said he got sick of seeing “Dr. Winer has accepted honoraria”.

I’m not sure it’s enough to make a difference yet, but it’s good to know that there are still some people out there with enough of a conscience to trade money for integrity.  Bravo!

April 15th, 2008 at 07:13am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Coolness,Corruption/Cronyism,Science


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