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

by xeos (#47882245) Attached to: Link Between Salt and High Blood Pressure 'Overstated'

That's a nice theory, but none of the primary literature I've read on this topic, or review articles, have ever suggested that it was misdirection. Perhaps that's how your prof justified his behavior, but I don't think it is what most Dr's think they are doing.

Comment: Old news, really (Score 2) 291

by xeos (#47881629) Attached to: Link Between Salt and High Blood Pressure 'Overstated'

The link between salt and blood pressure is pretty clearly not the one your Dr. tells you, and this has been known for a really long time. Even the first study to show the "link" turns out to be bunk science:

http://www.stat.berkeley.edu/~...

More recent meta studies have shown that about as many papers find a positive link as a negative link between blood pressure and salt - yes, eating more salt can lower your blood pressure (or, more likely, it's all just noise). Look it up on Pubmed if you want to read all the details. It's a good skill: you'll quickly learn more than your Dr. does about any topic of real concern to you, unless your Dr. is a specialist or obscenely good at his job.

What's sad is that simple to understand explanations that lead to simple to follow prescriptions (ie eat less salt) tend to stick around way longer than the scientific consensus behind them.

Comment: A lot of complexity, a little gain? (Score 2) 98

by xeos (#47509393) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Linux Login and Resource Management In a Computer Lab?

That sounds like a lot of overhead for a problem that seems unlikely. I've used lots of multi-user linux boxes over the years and never noticed that a few bad users ruined the experience for everybody else. If it's really an issue, think of it instead as a learning opportunity - post concise instructions on proper lab utilization and how to use top, etc to check if somebody else is the reason why the machine you are using is slow. Then let users police each other.

Comment: Re:Wrong way of looking at it (Score 1) 641

by xeos (#46707465) Attached to: Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

Having switched to Win7 for my home machine and still using XP at work, I have lots of opportunities to compare and contrast the two oses. 7 brings a few small improvements in the start menu and windows explorer, and some minor bugs. The improvements are not nearly enough to justify the time and cost to upgrade machines that work just fine. If WinXp was still supported I'd guess we would still see 30% of PCs running it for years and years after today. Even more if it were still sold.

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Scientists Say a Dirty Child Is a Healthy Child 331

Posted by samzenpus
from the snack-is-going-to-be-on-the-floor-today dept.
Researchers from the School of Medicine at the University of California have shown that the more germs a child is exposed to, the better their immune system in later life. Their study found that keeping a child's skin too clean impaired the skin's ability to heal itself. From the article: "'These germs are actually good for us,' said Professor Richard Gallo, who led the research. Common bacterial species, known as staphylococci, which can cause inflammation when under the skin, are 'good bacteria' when on the surface, where they can reduce inflammation."

Comment: I wouldn't pay $10 (Score 1) 405

by xeos (#27846629) Attached to: Let Big Brother Hawk Anti-Virus Software

I've been on the internet since the mid 90s, and never ever detected a virus on my machine, other than in un-opened email. Email used to be a big source of viruses, but these days ISPs use scanners just as up to date as anything I could buy. A little common sense is all it takes to be virus free. This libertarian would not support your plan - I see little advantage to having everybody install anti-virus software.

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+ - Moonfall: Lua + CSS->

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An anonymous reader writes "CSS Purist might hate this: Simple to use CSS with variables, combining LUA and CSS. A simple LUA domain specific language that generates CSS dynamically as a cgi script or statically for maximum performance."
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