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Comment: Re:The UK Cobol Climate Is Very Different (Score 1) 183

by sycodon (#47926635) Attached to: College Students: Want To Earn More? Take a COBOL Class

So, in other words, a professional work environment where you work on something that is essential to the economy.

Making web pages, cool widgets, etc may be fun, but there is and always will be a need for people to maintain the systems essential to running the economy.

If you think that working on "systems which have undergone years of maintenance by probably dozens of different developers", try doing that on something written in C or and of the other Alphabet languages.

Comment: Too Fine Grained. (Score 4, Insightful) 589

by sycodon (#47909573) Attached to: Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

I think one thing is clear. All these studies are way to focused and fine grained. They look at micro aspects of the climate and then try to apply the observations to a system that is many orders or magnitudes larger.

It's like examining 1" square sections of the Sistine Chapel paintings and then trying to predict the color in the next 1" square based on the color in the current square. Hit and miss, misleading successes and baffling failures because you don't understand the totality of the entire painting.

Comment: The Way It Works (Score 2) 291

by sycodon (#47881271) Attached to: Link Between Salt and High Blood Pressure 'Overstated'

Being in the midst of trying to control mine, here is a basic explanation provided by my Endocrinologists with some help from Wikipedia.

It all comes down to the Renin–angiotensin system.

When the Kidneys think they don't have enough fluid volume to do their job, they send out signals that ultimately come back to themselves, causing them to retain salt and ditch potassium. Water, naturally, follows the salt and results in increased blood volume and subsequently, pressure. That's why many BP meds contains diuretics.

Too much salts mucks up all the complex feedback mechanisms.

Something that is apparently under diagnosed is a condition called Aldosteronism, where the adrenal glands make too much of a hormone called aldosterone, a primary messenger in this cycle. Aldosterone levels are not part of the standard blood workup done by your average family physician and diagnosing the condition requires a special, hours long process. It's is kind of a Zebra in diagnostic terms but is looking more and more like a horse.

So if you are afflicted with High BP and you're not having much luck controlling it, ask your doctor about aldosterone levels. High BP that is a result of this condition is more dangerous in the long term, but possibly curable by suppressing the aldosterone or removing one of the adrenal glands.

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