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(New York Daily News)   Guy rips off Florida investment group for $800,000 with his fake Dr. McCoy medical tricorder. Harcourt Fenton Mudd unavailable for comment   (nydailynews.com) divider line 54
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2013-12-18 07:47:31 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2013-12-18 08:03:09 PM
img.fark.net
 
2013-12-18 08:24:35 PM
Jeez they're on Thinkgeek for $60.
http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/a6eb/
a.tgcdn.net
 
2013-12-18 08:39:42 PM

syrynxx: Jeez they're on Thinkgeek for $60.
http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/a6eb/
[a.tgcdn.net image 400x460]


Is that one tabulated for the Outer Colonies?
 
2013-12-18 10:02:04 PM
Have you been drinking again, you miserable sot! You good-for-nothing thing!
 
2013-12-18 10:39:33 PM
Mostly, it just detects the mentally deficient. Mostly.
 
2013-12-18 10:40:58 PM
Gotta had it to Star Trek for keeping gays employed for decades.
Decades.

yeah, Who doesn't have a crush on George?
 
2013-12-18 10:41:42 PM
Five posts into a discussion about a Star Trek-related article detailing a fraud conviction, and no Vreenak?
 
2013-12-18 10:42:13 PM
I'm a doctor, not a Doctor
 
2013-12-18 10:42:50 PM
I never understood the appeal of Star Trek. I watched one of the later movies a few years ago and it was stupid.  A bunch of people running around screaming about the force waving glowing swords. Stupid, stupid, stupid.
 
2013-12-18 10:44:55 PM

nickdaisy: I never understood the appeal of Star Trek. I watched one of the later movies a few years ago and it was stupid.  A bunch of people running around screaming about the force waving glowing swords. Stupid, stupid, stupid.


i3.kym-cdn.com
 
2013-12-18 10:45:06 PM

vudukungfu: Gotta had it to Star Trek for keeping gays employed for decades.
Decades.

yeah, Who doesn't have a crush on George?


I'm unconvinced George Takei is gay. It seems to me that he's making a very nice living out of claiming to be homosexual, but if he's so gay how come he hasn't burst into flames and been transported off to a fiery hell?

That's what my pastor says happens to them if they don't repent, and he's been claiming to be gay for ages.

I smell something fishy.
 
2013-12-18 10:46:18 PM

nickdaisy: I never understood the appeal of Star Trek. I watched one of the later movies a few years ago and it was stupid.  A bunch of people running around screaming about the force waving glowing swords. Stupid, stupid, stupid.



Captain, I'm detecting massive quantities of trollodite in this area.
 
2013-12-18 10:46:19 PM
Damnit Jim, I'm a flim-flam artist, not a doctor!
 
2013-12-18 10:47:50 PM

nickdaisy: vudukungfu: Gotta had it to Star Trek for keeping gays employed for decades.
Decades.

yeah, Who doesn't have a crush on George?

I'm unconvinced George Takei is gay. It seems to me that he's making a very nice living out of claiming to be homosexual, but if he's so gay how come he hasn't burst into flames and been transported off to a fiery hell?

That's what my pastor says happens to them if they don't repent, and he's been claiming to be gay for ages.

I smell something fishy.


That rule doesn't apply to George. He's Chinese or something.
 
2013-12-18 10:49:13 PM
Should have gone for this thing instead.

i41.tinypic.com
 
2013-12-18 10:49:47 PM

nickdaisy: I never understood the appeal of Star Trek. I watched one of the later movies a few years ago and it was stupid.  A bunch of people running around screaming about the force waving glowing swords. Stupid, stupid, stupid.


The 90s called, they want their joke back.
 
2013-12-18 10:52:59 PM

HMS_Blinkin: nickdaisy: I never understood the appeal of Star Trek. I watched one of the later movies a few years ago and it was stupid.  A bunch of people running around screaming about the force waving glowing swords. Stupid, stupid, stupid.

The 90s called, they want their joke back.


your mom called. She goes to college
 
2013-12-18 10:54:35 PM

Quantum Apostrophe: Should have gone for this thing instead.

[i41.tinypic.com image 800x798]


Nine triodes, and they duplicated 22nd century technology?
Either Spock was very bright indeed, or there were some amazing side effects of the thermionic vale.
Or, indeed, both...
 
2013-12-18 10:57:06 PM
He should have gone all out and asked them if they were interested in a beautiful bridge in New York City.
 
2013-12-18 11:00:14 PM

nickdaisy: HMS_Blinkin: nickdaisy: I never understood the appeal of Star Trek. I watched one of the later movies a few years ago and it was stupid.  A bunch of people running around screaming about the force waving glowing swords. Stupid, stupid, stupid.

The 90s called, they want their joke back.

your mom called. She goes to college


Can I heart you?

/no homo
 
2013-12-18 11:01:05 PM
I never thought about it but the short range wireless connection between the medical scanner saltshaker thingy and the tricorder (or sickbay instruments) is a pretty good prediction of Bluetooth.  Star Trek TOS generally sucked at predicting how small tech would become, but the medical Tricorder is actually pretty reasonable for something that performs a wide array of medical analysis in the medium-future.  I think it should look more like a PADD... but that's just tablet-using 21st century me talking.

nickdaisy:
I'm unconvinced George Takei is gay. It seems to me that he's making a very nice living out of claiming to be homosexual, but if he's so gay how come he hasn't burst into flames and been transported off to a fiery hell?

He went.  Stabbed the devil with his epee, redecorated, and now he's back.
 
2013-12-18 11:06:01 PM

Tillmaster: Quantum Apostrophe: Should have gone for this thing instead.

[i41.tinypic.com image 800x798]

Nine triodes, and they duplicated 22nd century technology?
Either Spock was very bright indeed, or there were some amazing side effects of the thermionic vale.
Or, indeed, both...


I'm sure there's at least one pentode in there...
 
2013-12-18 11:06:37 PM

No Such Agency: but the medical Tricorder is actually pretty reasonable for something that performs a wide array of medical analysis in the medium-future. I think it should look more like a PADD... but that's just tablet-using 21st century me talking.


There's a number of nanotech-based biosensors in the works (A lot utilizing gold and Surface-plasmon-resonance, given how sensitive the phenomena is to different materials coating the particles..)-a number of which could really, actually produce portable, broad-range biosensors that cover a wide variety of substances/chemicals.

I can elaborate on how it could/would use Surface PLasmon resonance (And what that is: it's not NEARLY as bad as it sounds), if you like.

.. Sorry, I love the nanotech field. =). We're really, really far from nanobots, but there's a lot of exciting stuff that may be coming out of it.

Also I am told they had to take the epee *away* from george, 'cause he kept running around and poking cast members with it.
 
2013-12-18 11:07:15 PM

nickdaisy: I never understood the appeal of Star Trek. I watched one of the later movies a few years ago and it was stupid.  A bunch of people running around screaming about the force waving glowing swords. Stupid, stupid, stupid.


That's not even a good description of Star Wars
 
2013-12-18 11:11:17 PM
Felgraf:

Also I am told they had to take the epee *away* from george, 'cause he kept running around and poking cast members with it.

That wasn't his epee...
... Oh My!
 
2013-12-18 11:12:23 PM

Tillmaster: Quantum Apostrophe: Should have gone for this thing instead.

[i41.tinypic.com image 800x798]

Nine triodes, and they duplicated 22nd century technology?
Either Spock was very bright indeed, or there were some amazing side effects of the thermionic vale.
Or, indeed, both...


The idea was simply to coax the tricorder to read out, I believe, not to replace it.

(Why aren't they wearing belts?)
 
2013-12-18 11:15:22 PM

JohnAnnArbor: Tillmaster: Quantum Apostrophe: Should have gone for this thing instead.

[i41.tinypic.com image 800x798]

Nine triodes, and they duplicated 22nd century technology?
Either Spock was very bright indeed, or there were some amazing side effects of the thermionic vale.
Or, indeed, both...

The idea was simply to coax the tricorder to read out, I believe, not to replace it.

(Why aren't they wearing belts?)


Yep, to read out.

"Stone knives and bear skins!"
 
2013-12-18 11:26:09 PM
Smarty Pants should have had a fall guy set up to take the heat for him. A bit player never seen before that day.
 
2013-12-18 11:30:12 PM
Felgraf:
There's a number of nanotech-based biosensors in the works (A lot utilizing gold and Surface-plasmon-resonance, given how sensitive the phenomena is to different materials coating the particles..)-a number of which could really, actually produce portable, broad-range biosensors that cover a wide variety of substances/chemicals.

Sure, with nanotech plus microfluidics plus things like single-molecule PCR plus next-next-gen sequencing you can do a lot of things I'm not ready to speculate about just before bed...
 
2013-12-18 11:52:20 PM
Well, at least I still have the bomb detector that I picked up in England. That should come in handy.
 
2013-12-18 11:52:45 PM

No Such Agency: Felgraf:
There's a number of nanotech-based biosensors in the works (A lot utilizing gold and Surface-plasmon-resonance, given how sensitive the phenomena is to different materials coating the particles..)-a number of which could really, actually produce portable, broad-range biosensors that cover a wide variety of substances/chemicals.

Sure, with nanotech plus microfluidics plus things like single-molecule PCR plus next-next-gen sequencing you can do a lot of things I'm not ready to speculate about just before bed...


Fair enough.

(Oh hey, didn't realize you were a molecular biologist. Awesome. =) )
I think I'm just giddy 'cause I feel like a REAL scientist now. Completely screwed up an experiment, got interesting results, was able to repeat them.
 
2013-12-18 11:56:59 PM
i2.kym-cdn.com
img.gawkerassets.com
 
2013-12-19 12:02:27 AM
Was that the Daily Fail? Six pictures from Star Trek and NOT ONE of the alleged perpetrator or his $800K gizmo?

Wow.
 
2013-12-19 12:05:55 AM

HMS_Blinkin: nickdaisy: I never understood the appeal of Star Trek. I watched one of the later movies a few years ago and it was stupid.  A bunch of people running around screaming about the force waving glowing swords. Stupid, stupid, stupid.

The 90s called, they want their joke back.


Well, the  Jerk Store called, and they're running out of you!
 
2013-12-19 12:19:18 AM
"Tricorder?...MEDICAL tricorder."
 
2013-12-19 12:43:25 AM
So, a guy goes into a financial institution, the financial institution makes a really bad decision which costs them money. Since it was a bad decision, the financial institution gets their money back.

If a guy goes into a financial institution, the GUY makes a really bad decision which costs HIM money, then the financial institution takes his money and his house.

Yep, that sounds about right.
 
2013-12-19 01:04:18 AM

stampylives: So, a guy goes into a financial institution, the financial institution makes a really bad decision which costs them money. Since it was a bad decision, the financial institution gets their money back.

If a guy goes into a financial institution, the GUY makes a really bad decision which costs HIM money, then the financial institution takes his money and his house.

Yep, that sounds about right.


Yup. I'm hoping the accused skips bail with the 800 large and disappears. Because fark those people.
 
2013-12-19 01:30:24 AM
Fraudster should get convicted for fraud, and hand back the money.
'Investors' should get convicted of dumbassery and not see a cent.

Money can go to research or needy families or some shiat, I don't care.
 
2013-12-19 02:07:56 AM
I have a vague memory of some dude that used to troll the local Trek cons back in the late 80s and early 90s with a homebuilt (and supposedly functional) quasi-tricorder.  My memory is a little fuzzy on the details, but I think he would rent a presentation space in the same hotel/convention centre as the Trek con (since getting a panel room at the actual con would have had to occur months beforehand)... then put up all sorts of wonderfully professional posters at the hotel (but outside Trek con areas) extolling this groundbreaking technology that he would demo for a select group of people who were silly enough to cough up ten or twenty bucks.  I was never curious enough to ante up, but I knew plenty of people that did.

My friends told me the device did do what were then amazing things (and which are now laughable in the age of the smartphone).  Aside from the less astounding things like temp/baro reading, it could supposedly distinguish levels of certain gases and do basic bio readings like take a pulse.  Supposedly Health Canada was interested in it, yadda yadda.  He didn't have units to sell but would eventually and they were going to be in the hundreds of dollars.  I don't remember if the schtick included a pitch like invest now and you'll get a cheaper price.

But what I read in TFA dredged up that distant memory, and I'd be surprised if the Howard Leventhal mentioned there wasn't the very same guy.
 
2013-12-19 02:08:14 AM

sjcousins: Fraudster should get convicted for fraud, and hand back the money.
'Investors' should get convicted of dumbassery and not see a cent.

Money can go to research or needy families or some shiat, I don't care.


What if some of those needy families were the investors?
 
2013-12-19 02:16:12 AM

vudukungfu: Gotta had it to Star Trek for keeping gays employed for decades.
Decades.


images4.wikia.nocookie.net

Please explain the behavior! Please explain!!
 
2013-12-19 02:26:30 AM

Gyrfalcon: sjcousins: Fraudster should get convicted for fraud, and hand back the money.
'Investors' should get convicted of dumbassery and not see a cent.

Money can go to research or needy families or some shiat, I don't care.

What if some of those needy families were the investors?


Well, it all wraps up in a neat little package then doesn't it?
 
2013-12-19 03:54:07 AM

nickdaisy: vudukungfu: Gotta had it to Star Trek for keeping gays employed for decades.
Decades.

yeah, Who doesn't have a crush on George?

I'm unconvinced George Takei is gay. It seems to me that he's making a very nice living out of claiming to be homosexual, but if he's so gay how come he hasn't burst into flames and been transported off to a fiery hell?

That's what my pastor says happens to them if they don't repent, and he's been claiming to be gay for ages.

I smell something fishy.


If he smells fishy he isn't gay, that much is certain.
 
2013-12-19 04:29:29 AM

Thurston Howell: I have a vague memory of some dude that used to troll the local Trek cons back in the late 80s and early 90s with a homebuilt (and supposedly functional) quasi-tricorder.  My memory is a little fuzzy on the details, but I think he would rent a presentation space in the same hotel/convention centre as the Trek con (since getting a panel room at the actual con would have had to occur months beforehand)... then put up all sorts of wonderfully professional posters at the hotel (but outside Trek con areas) extolling this groundbreaking technology that he would demo for a select group of people who were silly enough to cough up ten or twenty bucks.  I was never curious enough to ante up, but I knew plenty of people that did.

My friends told me the device did do what were then amazing things (and which are now laughable in the age of the smartphone).  Aside from the less astounding things like temp/baro reading, it could supposedly distinguish levels of certain gases and do basic bio readings like take a pulse.  Supposedly Health Canada was interested in it, yadda yadda.  He didn't have units to sell but would eventually and they were going to be in the hundreds of dollars.  I don't remember if the schtick included a pitch like invest now and you'll get a cheaper price.

But what I read in TFA dredged up that distant memory, and I'd be surprised if the Howard Leventhal mentioned there wasn't the very same guy.


I recall something VERY similar in 1994 at a convention at the now defunct Regal Constellation in Toronto.
It was a pitch that you had to pay a fee to see the presentation yet not tell people the specifics of it, there was no official announcement and news of it was shared by word of mouth.  Too many red flags, I walked.
 
2013-12-19 05:37:17 AM

KrispyKritter: Smarty Pants should have had a fall guy set up to take the heat for him. A bit player never seen before that day.


Yeah, we should have a rule here: if the headline says "rips off", the guy has to have gotten away with it.

// Bernie Madoff -- world record run for a Ponzi scheme, and he even managed to get his retirement taken care of
 
2013-12-19 07:14:16 AM

turboke: If he smells fishy he isn't gay, that much is certain.


As a gay man who enjoys gutting and cooking fish, I can assure you that's not a 100% accurate test.  I believe science has shown that the following is the only infallible test:

i.imgur.com

In keeping with the theme of the thread...

i.imgur.com
 
2013-12-19 07:33:44 AM
I thought this was going to be a story about http://www.scanadu.com/
 
2013-12-19 07:56:31 AM
assets.nydailynews.com

That's the problem with the next generation tricorder. I want Gamma but I fat finger the Delta or Beta selection by mistake.
 
2013-12-19 08:32:14 AM

productivity_zero: I thought this was going to be a story about http://www.scanadu.com/


mor liek scamadu amirite?
 
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