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Comment 10 lbs = 10 marathons* (Score 1) 202

Calorie deficit trumps exercise, strictly for weight loss. (Exercise has obviously has other benefits.)

For example, your 500 calorie/day deficit results in a 3,500 calories deficit in one week to lose one pound. For a 200-lb individual, it takes about 3,500 calories to run a marathon. Want to lose ten pounds? Diet for 10 weeks, or run 10 marathons.* Your choice.

(It's not that simple, since your body doesn't just tap into fat reserves unconditionally. Your body will also adjust your metabolism based on changes to caloric intake. But at a crude level this isn't far off.)

Submission + - US Judge Throws Out Cell Phone 'Stingray' Evidence (

An anonymous reader writes: For the first time, a federal judge has suppressed evidence obtained without a warrant by U.S. law enforcement using a stingray, a surveillance device that can trick suspects' cell phones into revealing their locations. U.S. District Judge William Pauley in Manhattan on Tuesday ruled that defendant Raymond Lambis' rights were violated when the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration used such a device without a warrant to find his Washington Heights apartment. Stingrays, also known as "cell site simulators," mimic cell phone towers in order to force cell phones in the area to transmit "pings" back to the devices, enabling law enforcement to track a suspect's phone and pinpoint its location. The DEA had used a stingray to identify Lambis' apartment as the most likely location of a cell phone identified during a drug-trafficking probe. Pauley said doing so constituted an unreasonable search. The ruling marked the first time a federal judge had suppressed evidence obtained using a stingray, according to the American Civil Liberties Union, which like other privacy advocacy groups has criticized law enforcement's use of such devices. "Absent a search warrant, the government may not turn a citizen's cell phone into a tracking device," Pauley wrote.

Submission + - NHK to begin 8k test broadcasts in August

AmiMoJo writes: NHK, Japan's national broadcaster, has decided to skip over 4k entirely and go straight to 8k broadcasts, starting on the 1st of August. (Japanese site, English site with some details). 8k "Super Hi-Vision" delivers 7680x4320 pixels, 16x that of standard HD, at 120Hz progressive scan and 12 bit colour. Sound is 22 channel surround. Initial broadcasts are on satellite channels, with a full service due in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Submission + - Planet with 3 suns found (

drunken_boxer777 writes: A team of astronomers at ESO recently discovered the first known planet to orbit a triple star system. Despite the fact that it is "around 580 degrees Celsius and an estimated mass of four Jupiter masses, it is also one of the coldest and least massive directly-imaged exoplanets." The press release makes certain to add a pop culture touch, by noting that "Luke Skywalker's home planet, Tatooine, in the Star Wars saga, was a strange world with two suns in the sky".

For some reason, they chose the name "HD 131399Ab" for the planet. My vote would have been for "Tathreeine".

Comment Re:Hang on (Score 5, Informative) 289

He wasn't extradited for his claim about Hillary's server. He was extradited for:

In the United States, Lazar is charged in a nine-count indictment with three counts of wire fraud, three counts of gaining unauthorized access to protected computers, and one count each of aggravated identity theft, cyberstalking and obstruction of justice. ... Lazar hacked into the email and social media accounts of high-profile victims, including a family member of two former U.S. presidents, a former U.S. Cabinet member, a former member of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff and a former presidential advisor. After gaining unauthorized access to their accounts, Lazar publicly released his victims’ private email correspondence, medical and financial information and personal photographs. The indictment also alleges that in July 2013 and August 2013, Lazar impersonated a victim after compromising the victim’s account.

Check the timeline. He claimed to have hacked Hillary's server in May. The DOJ press release above is dated April 1, meaning he was already extradited before making the claim. So they still have a number of charges to investigate.

Comment Re:But the Paris attackers DIDNT use encryption (Score 1) 110

You know, I got excited that there was evidence for neutrinos interacting with food. It boggled my mind, so I followed your link.

That is a very different use of the word "flavor" than I am used to. Great disappointment will be my companion for the next few minutes.

Comment Surprising? No, and yes (Score 1) 62

While a lot of Slashdotters might see the summary and say, "Duh!", it is a largely unexplored area of biology. Since "Biology" literally means "the study of life", it shouldn't be surprising that not too much time is spent on what happens after death.

A simple explanation for some of the changes in gene expression probably relates to the fact that the organs are no longer working together to keep the organism alive. Furthermore, cells within an organism are in competition for the increasingly scarce resources (oxygen since lungs aren't inhaling, heart isn't circulating blood, and nutrition as well), and activate stress genes.

As for the genes involved in cancer, well, a simplified view of a cancerous cell is a cell that has lost it's ability to communicate with it's neighbors. Not something that is needed if you are going to compete with them.

Comment Conspiracy theory? (Score 0) 634

I'm not one for conspiracy theories, but other Slashdotters have pointed out a few things that seem individually seem plausible, and paint an interesting picture. EU politics is not my expertise, and I would be delighted if someone more learned refuted this:

- UKIP et al. don't really want to leave, but want to appeal to their base and jockey for power
- Cameron holds the referendum to placate the conservatives and possibly win favor, believing it won't go the way of "exit"
- The vote results in "exit" winning
- Cameron and Exit leaders discuss "how do we stop this?"
- A deal is struck: Exit leaders/conservatives will take the heat for the UK not leaving the EU, despite the referendum, but want the PM spot
- Cameron resigns before triggering Article 50
- Exit leaders/conservatives rise to power and win the PM spot, but do not invoke Article 50
- Half the populace is pissed, but about half the people are happy with not leaving
- The whole thing blows over and the populace forgets, distracted by bread and circuses

Comment Re:About your sig... [OT] (Score 1) 214

One hurdle that would need to be overcome is the speed at which your quantum wave function were manipulated. Every living cell of your body contains thousands of enzymes catalyzing hundreds, thousands, or even millions of reactions per second. Failure to suspend, or nearly suspend, molecular and atomic motion prior to manipulating the quantum wave function would result in massive cellular disruption, not just in enzymatic activity, but structurally, as proteins would undergo conformational changes if a binding partner were not present. Basically, the quantum wave function of each particle would probably need to be manipulated in synchrony.

Now, if that was implied in your post, then carry on. IANAQP, but I was a biologist.

Comment Re:Why conceal it? (Score 5, Insightful) 740

You clearly don't work in medicine, healthcare, the pharma industry, or even understand how drugs work. I also suspect that you've had very basic instruction in biology. I get tired of hearing "pharma companies only make drugs that address symptoms so they can keep selling you drugs." I think you are conflating "disease treatment" and "cure". Most drugs are disease treatments, since permanent cures are not possible (at this time) for the vast majority of diseases. But, e.g., there were recent market approvals of 3 actual cures for hepatitis C.

Drugs are developed to have a mechanism of action that directly addresses underlying disease. When it costs in excess of $1 billion and 10 years to bring a drug to market, you don't waste time on something that you have no idea how it works. Never mind that FDA and every other health regulatory agency in the world frowns upon pharma companies saying "we have no idea how it works, but it does, so just approve it." You make sure you are targeting the molecular and cellular causes of the disease. The drugs drastically reduce the severity of the disease. This manifests in a reduction in symptoms. The average person sees it as "the drugs only treat symptoms, I still have the disease", but what is actually happening is the drug is treating the disease and reducing its severity and a reduction or disappearance of symptoms is really just a side effect of treating the disease.

TL;DR: "Treatment" and "cure" are not the same, and "cure" is often not possible at this time. So should pharma companies not bother?

Comment Could have been... (Score 1) 186

Steve Buscemi did an interview about a location shoot at a prison. He remarked that the warden even gave permission for some of the inmates to be extras. Steve said that the prisoners were all excited to meet him and they all told him that Con Air was there favorite movie, Garland Greene was their favorite character, and that Con Air was shown fairly often on movie night. He expressed his disbelief that they'd ever show that in a prison.

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