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Submission + - More Time Outside Tied to Less Nearsightedness in Children (

Bookworm09 writes: For primary school children in China, spending an extra 45 minutes per day outside in a school activity class may reduce the risk of myopia, according to a new study.

In some parts of China, 90% of high school graduates have nearsightedness, and rates are lower but increasing in Europe and the Middle East, the authors write.

"There were some studies suggesting the protective effect of outdoor time in the development of myopia, but most of this evidence is from cross-sectional studies (survey) data that suggest 'association' instead of causality," said lead author Dr. Mingguang He of Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou. "Our study, as a randomized trial, is able to prove causality and also provide the high level of evidence to inform public policy."

Comment Re: So much stupid (Score 1) 111

Did you read the entire article till the end? It concludes with

Did you? How come you chose not to quote the sentence and two more paragraphs right after that? From the article:

But also adjusted to take into account the racial breakdown in violent crime, the data actually show that police are less likely to kill black suspects than white ones. “If one adjusts for the racial disparity in the homicide rate or the rate at which police are feloniously killed, whites are actually more likely to be killed by police than blacks,” said Mr. Moskos, a former Baltimore cop and author of the book “Cop in the Hood.” “Adjusted for the homicide rate, whites are 1.7 times more likely than blacks die at the hands of police,” he said. “Adjusted for the racial disparity at which police are feloniously killed, whites are 1.3 times more likely than blacks to die at the hands of police.”

I'm not saying that the person quoted in the article is right or wrong; I haven't verified his data, and I don't know that anybody else has either. But the issue is not nearly as cut-and-dry as your carefully edited quote tries to make it appear.

Comment Re:Because he made it one (Score 1) 510

I wish I had mod points. You are correct. It's sad that T.E.D. is getting modded +5s for making factually incorrect statements (and then defending them when challenged rather than just accept it with good grace), and your attempts to introduce facts are getting (relatively, at least) ignored.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 510

It's not about sympathy for this slimeball; it's about whether this is an overreach that gives security authorities an interest in: a couple transferring money from one account to another, or a sole-proprietorship transferring money between personal to business accounts, ...

Just a minor point. This law isn't concerned with account transfers. Only cash deposits and withdrawals.

Comment Re:The Truth (if you can handle it) (Score 1) 233

They tried vouchers in DC and it has been an unmitigated success which is now trying to be shut down because the unions are scared spit-less that it will spread to other states.

Really? You don't think it might have something to do with the massive cheating scandal? I don't think "unmitigated" means what you think it means.

Comment Re:It's definitely a problem here (Score 1) 174

Why is this modded 'insightful'? I know it's uncool to actually read TFA, but if you had, you would have seen where it said,"Through the program, more than 100 unpaid student volunteer assignments will be available to support DHS’ cyber mission at local DHS field offices in over 60 locations across the country".

Comment Re:College Expenses != Tuitition (Score 1) 827

I wish I have mod points for you. This is absolutely true, and mostly overlooked when this topic comes up.

For example, back in 1981, the state of Washington paid 90% of the cost of a college eduction. Today? 30%. And now we have people who graduated from college with tax-payer subsidized educations telling today's youth, "I worked my way through college, so why can't you?" It's ridiculous.

Comment Re:Turning of the tables (Score 1) 172

Reading through some of the comments in this thread, I'm coming to the conclusion that a lot of people forgot to take their Thorazine today; I'm not talking about this post in particular, there are others way worse. But there sentiment, based on the same misunderstanding is the same. I'm sure I'm going to get flamed to death for this, but on the off chance that somebody actually finds this informative and helps them think about and discuss the topic in a more informed manner, here goes: There is no "secret evidence", not the way you're using it. Using this case as an example, what happens is that information is developed (in this case, by the NSA) using sources and methods that the government does not want exposed to the public. So the NSA passes along a lead to the FBI, saying in essence, "You may find it instructive to look at this person's phone records during this time-frame". The FBI then makes requests to do just that, using standard procedures that can safely be talked about in open court, like using court orders and/or subpoenas. In other words, **they reconstruct the information in such a way as to protect the method used initially to identify the suspect/defendant.** The suspect/defendant still sees all of the evidence that is being used against him. So claiming that there is "secret evidence" is uninformed. The only thing secret is initial method used. For the record, I am in no way trying to justify or defend anything that has come out in the wake of Snowden's disclosure about NSA's domestic surveillance programs. I'm not addressing it one way or the other. I'm strictly referring to the issue of "secret evidence" which seems to have gotten everybody's knickers in a twist. Disclaimer: I work for a federal law enforcement agency.

Comment Re:No way to save it?? (Score 1) 863

All it would take is a service pack. Let users decide if they want Metro or not. Let users decide if they want the start menu taking over their entire screen. I can't see how this would be complicated. The biggest hurdle is getting a marketing department to admit they made a mistake. The only time I can remember that ever happening was with New Coke. Coca-Cola sucked it up, gave the consumers what they wanted, and saved their brand. The ball is in Microsoft's court.

New Coke wasn't a mistake. It was all part of a very deliberate, and successful, strategy to change the formula for "Classic" Coke, by switching sugar for high fructose corn syrup. The "Classic" coke people drink today is not the Coke of 30 years ago.


Submission + - Surprise! Alien Planet Made of Diamond Discovered (

Bookworm09 writes: A newly discovered alien planet that formed from a dead star is a real diamond in the rough.

The super-high pressure of the planet, which orbits a rapidly pulsing neutron star, has likely caused the carbon within it to crystallize into an actual diamond, a new study suggests.

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