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Comment: Re:The reason why you're told to cut salt for high (Score 1) 291

by Kazoo the Clown (#47881697) Attached to: Link Between Salt and High Blood Pressure 'Overstated'

My physiology professor explained it to me years ago. There's two reasons. First, we're told to cut salt not because salt is bad, but because we eat shitty food filled with salt. Telling people to avoid salt is easier than telling them to avoid bad foods.

Yeah, that's what I did. Avoided salt and went for the carbs instead. Now I've both high blood pressure AND am type 2. Worked great. Protein, often high in salt, or carbs. Choose your poison.

Comment: Lisp, Forth, APL, J, Prolog, PostScript (Score 1) 385

by Kazoo the Clown (#47862549) Attached to: Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative
And of course x86 or RISC Assembler...

old languages never die, the programmers just start charging a prohibitive amount of money to code in them. Forth is only justifiable doing embedded programming when you don't have an OS. APL and J are only justifiable if you don't have a popular OS, AND you're stuck with a low speed printing terminal.

Comment: Why grid-tied home solar is unsustainable (Score 1) 245

by Kazoo the Clown (#47807675) Attached to: Power Grids: The Huge Battery Market You Never Knew Existed
The theory behind grid-tied home solar systems is that you can give your surplus power to the utility company who will give you credit in return for times when you need more power than you are generating. In effect, you are using the utility company as your storage battery, so you don't have to buy and maintain your own. This only works as long as there are always enough customers paying for electricity rather than generating their own. Eventually it's no longer cost effective for the utility company to provide storage service for free. They make their money charging for electricity, but if enough people only need them to store it temporarily, they are going to have to start charging for that service.

Comment: Re:NG/Coal kills. Nuclear might in an extreme case (Score 1) 216

And this:

the area around Chernobyl is uninhabitable. Before the accident, 120,000 people lived there. The Fukushima exclusion zone is currently a 30 km radius where all residents Were evacuated and is also a no-fly zone. The US Embassy subsequently advised Americans to keep a 80 km distance. Radiation induced cancers take decades to play out, and the claim that "no one died from Fukushima other than a few plant workers" is complete hogwash, as it's too soon to tell the longer term effects.

So... did you ever wonder, do garbagemen take showers before they go to work?