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Comment This so-called statistician... (Score 3, Funny) 127

Now one statistician has taken this art to new heights by predicting the content of the soon-to-be published novels in the Song of Ice and Fire series by George R R Martin.

soon-to-be published novels in the Song of Ice and Fire series by George R R Martin.

soon-to-be published


better re-check that model bro.

Comment Re:Water Retention? (Score 1) 291

Societies with very low salt intake have low blood pressure


Societies with high salt intake have high blood pressure


Lowering an individual's salt intake lowers blood pressure.

If you are referring to an actual intervention study, I'd love to see it. For 99% of people eating a standard American diet, lowering salt intake will inevitably involve cutting out a bunch of processed, pre-packaged crap from their diet. Most likely if there was a reduction in blood pressure it was because of the sugar or trans fat that was inadvertently cut out along with the salt.

Comment Re:Elective surgery on a critical organ (Score 1) 550

I just did a quick search and couldn't find any numbers. I wonder how many people annually are blinded by lasik, vs how many people are blinded by accidentally stabbing themselves in the eye with their glasses. It could very well be that lasik is less risky than wearing glasses.

Comment Re: Not likely. (Score 1) 365

They usually get me laptops for work, and I've never had one last more than a year or so, usually with frequent heat related video card crashes for the last few months. Current one is an ASUS G73 series. It's generally pretty good but frequently has video corruption/bad rendering issues in certain CAD programs. I suspect that laptops in general just aren't up to doing much more than websurfing/email/MSWord.
BTW never had an apple computer and I never plan to.

Comment Re:The cloud (Score 4, Insightful) 387

Having an offline backup isn't 20/20 hindsight, it's the absolute basics of the basics.

This is equal to saying that wearing scantily clad clothing means a woman deserves to get raped.

It's more like saying that a guy who dies in a car accident because he was street racing while drunk, high, and not wearing a seatbelt got what he deserved.

Comment Re:Police (Score 1) 584

I'd need these two conditions:

1. bulletproof (lol) evidence demonstrating that the gun cannot be disabled by a 3rd party by any method that would not also work on a "dumb" gun

2. statistics indicating that the gun is at least as reliable as the most reliable "dumb" gun that exists.

#1 is a logical impossibility, and, as a software developer myself, #2 is somehow even less likely than "impossible".

Comment Re:Streaming is Canibalizing DVD not BD (Score 1) 477

Easy piracy due to non-invasive DRM

The DRM on video discs has no relation whatsoever on the difficulty of pirating. Here's how you pirate a movie, DVD or Blu-Ray:

1. search TPB
2. download torrent

No DRM involved at all. If anything the higher quality itself makes Blu-ray movies harder to pirate just because the download needs to be bigger.

Comment Low Fat vs Low Carbs (Score 1) 395

Does "the diets recommended by the FDA and ADA (diabetes association) are about as close as you can get to a diet specifically designed to cause heart disease and diabetes, and the people responsible know this, but the recommendations aren't changed because the agencies get too much lobbying money from the grain and sugar industries" count as a conspiracy theory?

Comment Re:Some possible ways (Score 1) 745

I'm 100% open to the idea of creationism, no more or less than any other idea. I just need a little more evidence (more than zero) before I accept your assertion that the guy who created it will throw me in a lake of fire for all eternity because I masturbated or touched another man's peepee.

"The hottest places in Hell are reserved for those who, in times of moral crisis, preserved their neutrality." -- Dante