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Submission + - Higher sodium intake associated with lower blood pressure. You read that right. (sandiegouniontribune.com)

schwit1 writes: In another blow against decades of accepted medical wisdom, one of the most prestigious, long-running studies reports that lowering sodium intake doesn’t reduce blood pressure.

The study also implies that most Americans are consuming a perfectly healthy amount of salt, the main source of sodium. But those who are salt-sensitive, about 20 to 25 percent of the population, still need to restrict salt intake.

Consuming fewer than 2,500 milligrams of sodium daily is actually associated with higher blood pressure, according to the Framingham Offspring Study report, given today. The American Heart Association recommends consuming no more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium daily, equal to a teaspoon of ordinary iodized table salt.

High blood pressure is a known risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Hence, lowering salt intake is supposed to lower blood pressure and thus reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke. But the study found that supposition to be unfounded.

Moreover, the lowest blood pressure was recorded by those who consumed 4,000 milligrams or more a day — amounts considered dangerously high by medical authorities such as the American Heart Association.

Comment Re:Pay your fucking taxes instead (Score 1) 161

The proportional amount of work requires increases as you increase your income relative to your starting assets

Now that's comedy gold, do you have more jokes like this? Since when is the amount of money you make in any relation to your workload? How much more work do you think Allen did compared to, say, a single mother working 3 jobs to make ends meet?

Comment Re:I know a free way to make an email server... (Score 1) 74

Instead do something that will actually work. Learn the basic of law and legislating and write laws to protect the security of email. Don't think it will work, well, how secure is snail mail, a bloody paper envelope that can be steamed upon, insecurity across the letters entire path but low and behold letters remain mostly secure. Want the same for email, encapsulate it and make it criminal offence with severe penalties to illegally open that digital envelope and when it is not addressed to you do not open it. Keep in mind opening email contents that are not addressed to you is generally not a good idea, I got a bunch of them for a while and just forwarded them to http://www.acma.gov.au/theACMA... (I wonder what happened to those, I suspect phishing attacks and who were the naughty players involved).

Comment Re:There's one way (Score 1) 117

Actually it is not just China. China and Russia are joining forces to create a joint commercial space program which will draw in others countries to expand it well beyond US efforts. I fully support US space firms in their efforts to remain relevant, so should anyone else who prefers a space industrial complex over a war industrial complex. Invest in a future amongst the stars or invest in the extinction of the human race, drowned in blood, gore and shrapnel.

What you are seeing is other countries only investing sufficient in the military to achieve stalemate, whilst investing more and more into space commercialisation. Meanwhile the US is investment more and more and more into the war machine to achieve exactly what the Soviet Union achieved, bankruptcy. Looks who is laughing now at what is happening in Afghanistan, who is spending and dying for nothing. The US now whining about Russia supplying weapons (oh no, it's your corrupt buddies in the Ukraine supplying the weapons, not for politics but for profit and the US government knows but has locked themselves into a corrupt mess and can no longer expose it because of the extremely corrupt secrets that would be exposed).

Comment Re:Ah yes, Facebook (Score 1) 86

I know exactly how to sift through the truth and lies, you test their validity in a court of law, the evidence on public display and challenged to ensure accuracy. If the politicised scum of Facebook think they entitled to call them selves, judge, jury and executioner of news, it is a pretty solid indication they are the last people to trust. Got a problem with a news story, take it to fucking court, else shut the fuck up with your deceitful, disingenuous censorship and propaganda. It's like month after month Facebook management announce another reason why people should leave them. Facebook your source for corporate approved propaganda where end users are silenced (of course if end users are silenced why would they stay).

Comment Re:Fiduciary duty (Score 4, Interesting) 122

Don't like what the University of California is doing, no problem, bag it, rag on it, grind it's reputation to dust. The charge to much, their degrees are shit, the professors abuse students, the facilities are horrible, make them spend ten times as much as they saved on countering negative publicity. Hate what they did, let them feel that financial pain. Don't forget they have no pretty much abandoned to privacy of their students to a foreign contractor. Why would any business trust them with research when a foreign outsourcing contractor now controls access to those secrets. Doing research, a new thesis, a major book, well, now all you work is open to foreign entities, your secrets up for sale (don't think so, think how much they are worth and how much and underpaid H1B can sell the for, especially compared to the sub-standard wage). Research Universities want to open up the network security to foreign 'FOR PROFIT' entities, well, it's major emergency time to shift all the research, delete the data and all backups, otherwise you will see a foreign company suddenly releasing that research et al as their own.

You want to know exactly how I would spy on a country, fill it full of espionage agents pretending to be cheap H1B labour, all operating independently upon seize opportunities as they come up and there will be major rewards for success (no comms leaks, no conspiracy links, just take your chances for major rewards, part ownership of the secrets obtained and passed on, and wow, is US security leaky as across the board and it is just starting to get really bad, some have been there for a quite a while, good luck). By secrets I mean every single kind, industrial, financial, extortion, everything of value and the agents work until they have build up sufficient 'er' investments to retire back home.

Submission + - NASA officially delays SLS first flight to 2019 (arstechnica.com)

schwit1 writes: Despite spending almost $19 billion and more than thirteen years of development, NASA today admitted that it will have to delay the first test flight of the SLS rocket from late 2018 to sometime in 2019.

“We agree with the GAO that maintaining a November 2018 launch readiness date is not in the best interest of the program, and we are in the process of establishing a new target in 2019,” wrote William Gerstenmaier, chief of NASA’s human spaceflight program. “Caution should be used in referencing the report on the specific technical issues, but the overall conclusions are valid.”

The competition between the big government SLS/Orion program and private commercial space is downright embarrassing to the government. While SLS continues to be delayed, even after more than a decade of work and billions of wasted dollars, SpaceX is gearing up for the first flight of Falcon Heavy this year. And they will be doing it despite the fact that Congress took money from the commercial private space effort, delaying its progress, in order to throw more money at SLS/Orion.

The Courts

University of California IT Workers Replaced By Offshore Outsourcing Firm To File Discrimination Lawsuit (computerworld.com) 122

The IT workers from the University of California's San Francisco campus who were replaced by an offshore outsourcing firm late last year intend to file a lawsuit challenging their dismissal. "It will allege that the tech workers at the university's San Francisco campus were victims of age and national origin discrimination," reports Computerworld. From the report: The IT employees lost their jobs in February after the university hired India-based IT services firm HCL. Approximately 50 full-time university employees lost their jobs, but another 30 contractor positions were cut as well. "To take a workforce that is overwhelmingly over the age of 40 and replace them with folks who are mainly in their 20s -- early 20s, in fact -- we think is age discrimination," said the IT employees' attorney, Randall Strauss, of Gwilliam Ivary Chiosso Cavalli & Brewer. The national origin discrimination claim is the result of taking a workforce "that reflects the diversity of California" and is summarily let go and is "replaced with people who come from one particular part of the world," said Strauss. The lawsuit will be filed in Alameda County Superior Court.

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