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Submission + - SPAM: Higher sodium intake associated with lower blood pressure. You read that right.

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.

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Comment Re:This guy will blackmail all the Bitcoin miners (Score 1) 76

You joke, but blackmailing the Chinese to verify a transaction moving some long-untouched Bitcoin that's probably long-forgotten wouldn't be the worst scheme in the world.

Honestly, I'm surprised the Chinese miners haven't done it for themselves. As long as they don't touch the stuff supposedly mined by Satoshi, and randomly distribute their fraudulent transactions across the ledger and over time, it's unlikely they'd get caught.

Comment Re:Oh noes!?!?! (Score 1) 76

>Whether or not bitcoin can ever become competitive with the established electronic currency systems remains to be seen

This is what makes it obvious you are NOT as savvy as I, at least in this area; it HAS been seen.

Bitcoin is fundamentally flawed, technologically and philosophically. It is self-defeating and incapable of being of any practical use on any decent scale. The only practical way to use Bitcoin is by utilizing other technologies that defeat any rational reasons for using Bitcoin in the first place.

If you haven't figured that out, you haven't learned enough about it. Or rather, you've wasted just enough time to be interested in it, but not enough to realize that time was wasted.

Comment Re:Oh noes!?!?! (Score 1, Informative) 76

Stupid as it may be, as long as enough other fools believe in it, you can exchange your imaginary money for actual government-backed, widely accepted money or even goods.

And there are still enough Bitcoin idiots out there that we keep getting these posts on Slashdot - a forum where everyone should ideally be technically savvy enough to recognize Bitcoin as technological bullshit.

Comment Re:Given more people stream now than ever... (Score 1) 193

>The two shows that are currently well known from here are Orphan Black and Murdoch Mysteries.

I didn't know Orphan Black was Canadian. Murdoch was awesome for 9 seasons, but now I'm looking forward to the 'spinoff' set a couple of decades later.

I was thinking more along the lines of Schitt's Creek or maybe Letterkenny (but I don't know how well that's done internationally if at all). Or in the past, Due South and on the lower end of the scale Forever Knight and Night Heat.

> All of the work that we do for the American studios is creating the expertise to improve our shows.

I don't think we were ever that far behind except for the top talent going south and the lower budgets. With the costs going down as electronics and software improve, budgets have to be mattering less on those fronts... hell, amateurs can put out something decent if they have talent.

>Actually it's probably around the same percentage of good stuff that gets created.

I would doubt that on an apples-to-apples comparison. Their entertainment industry is disproportionately larger and drawing on a much larger talent pool. Bell curves being bell curves, I'd expect their top end - however you define the cut-off - would have to be better than ours.

Submission + - DNA-Based Test Can Spot Cancer Recurrence a Year Before Conventional Scans (

An anonymous reader writes: A revolutionary blood test has been shown to diagnose the recurrence of cancer up to a year in advance of conventional scans in a major lung cancer trial. The test, known as a liquid biopsy, could buy crucial time for doctors by indicating that cancer is growing in the body when tumors are not yet detectable on CT scans and long before the patient becomes aware of physical symptoms. It works by detecting free-floating mutated DNA, released into the bloodstream by dying cancer cells. In the trial of 100 lung cancer patients, scientists saw precipitous rises in tumor DNA in the blood of patients who would go on to relapse months, or even a year, later. In the latest trial, reported in the journal Nature, 100 patients with non-small cell lung cancer were followed from diagnosis through surgery and chemotherapy, having blood tests every six to eight weeks. By analyzing the patchwork of genetic faults in cells across each tumor, scientists created personalized genomic templates for each patient. This was then compared to the DNA floating in their blood, to assess whether a fraction of it matched that seen in their tumor.

Comment Re:Moon dust? (Score 1) 87

Well, the Moon gives you gravity. Not a lot, but it's still far better than free fall. You drop something, you pick it up off the floor instead of worrying about another piece of space junk in proximity to your craft. It also gives you a support structure on which to build stuff (though that's really only important because of the gravity, I suppose). And it could be a supply of materials so you don't have to haul everything from Earth. And if you build your base in a polar crater, you can get more or less eternal shade and sunshine as you like it.

Back to the gravity, though... I'd love to see a long-duration mission to the Moon even if we just park an astronaut in a tin can on the surface. We have NO data on the long term effects of low-g on the human body, and our relatively nearby neighbour could give us valuable information that tells us something about how viable Mars is for human occupation.

Comment Re:Given more people stream now than ever... (Score 1) 193

>Is it just me, or does Canadian TV suck?

Yes and no. It actually gets a bit complicated.

First, a lot of our premium talent moves to California where the money is. The USA is, after all, right there, speaks the same language, has a compatible culture, and is 10x our size.

But we still manage to keep a lot of talent here - where the budgets are a bit smaller. And despite THAT, we still are known for our kids' programming and occasionally a comedy or drama that rises to the top and goes international.

And you have to remember we are a BIT different, and cultural differences will affect how you interpret what you're watching. There's stuff Canadians can't wait to have return between new episodes that most Americans would probably turn off at any time.

And finally, you have American shows produced in Canada for the financial advantage. Sometimes they're good, sometimes they're crap... but they're not OURS regardless.

So... maybe the best answer to your question is, 'Mostly but not necessarily'.

Comment Given more people stream now than ever... (Score 2) 193

I predict a decline in American television will result in an uptick in streaming and piracy of foreign content... and there are a few Canadian shows that do well in the American market that might get a boost in the traditional distribution arena.

There are plenty of English-language productions out there. The UK, Canada, and Australia could take the opportunity to grab a bigger piece of the market from the USA.

Comment Re:Stop supporting this shit (Score 1) 86

>But shouldn't there be a line in the sand?

Yes. But I think this one is more of a 'espouse opinion whenever the opportunity comes up, encourage people to write their rep (or even better, their preferred candidate in the next election cycle) and then vote' type situation than a 'grab the pitchforks and torches' one.

> I suppose I should just leave my family behind, go buy a Hummer, and spend the rest of my days eating double-cheeseburgers and partying with hookers and blow.

If I can occasionally visit my family, go buy an airplane, and spend the rest of my days eating filet mignon and partying with hookers and alcohol... I could be convinced!

Comment Scheduling - It depends! (Score 1) 214

If the problem is well-defined and the developers have worked on similar projects before, they can probably give fairly accurate estimates on how long it will take. Mostly with mid-sized projects, I've found, because any delay is disproportionately large in a tiny project, and large projects are more likely to have significant managerial interference after the project goals were supposed to be set in stone.

If you're looking as something novel, then estimating the required time becomes more of a dark art. You simply don't know what issues will come up that you've never encountered before (and therefore you also don't know how difficult they will be to code around) when you're in unknown territory. Sure, if the problem is well-defined and the project manager successfully resists scope creep, this can be limited, but it can never be eliminated. Eventually, the UAT group is going to identify a problem that wasn't on the coder's radar, and then delays begin.

I usually double my gut feeling then inevitably have a few instances where I'm under stress trying to keep to that when something's gone wrong. Dark art.

Comment Re:Stop supporting this shit (Score 1) 86

>Distractionball is only there to keep your mind off of what the elites are really doing, anyway

Lemmie tell you something - LIFE is a distraction. One after another until you're dead. You just hope you get enough interesting distractions along the way that you mostly enjoy your time among the living.

If being a sports fan works for someone to the point they surrender their wallet to the media companies and their privacy to the government (and media companies...), well, OK. I'd like everyone to have the same priorities I do, but as long as they're not putting a gun to my head I'm pretty much OK with them doing whatever the hell they want.

In 100 years we're all going to be dead anyway; let the rabble have their circuses. They're probably having more fun than we are and good for them. The elites, for all the power they wield and riches they have, will ALSO be dead. And believe it or not, they don't enjoy life significantly more than anyone who has their basic needs met. Humans are discontented by nature.

Now, you find one of the elite doing something that messes with your personal path to happiness, yeah, you rally the troops and storm the castle. Other than that, you're just wasting your valuable time on Earth worrying about them when you should be worrying about yourself.

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