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Comment: Re:I want the same question answered clearly (Score 3, Interesting) 251

by Benwick (#49753959) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's the Best Dumb Phone?

I got a Samsung in the Ukraine for about $10 US at a phone stand in a mall. Once I figured out how to get it into English instead of Cyrillic, it became the most practical phone for travel that I've ever found. The screen is just old one-color LCD with a backlight. The battery lasts for weeks on a good charge. It sends old fashioned texts and makes phone calls with better sound quality than the fancy Android I use now. And I never have to deal with the whole phone "locking" thing US carriers have, I can just buy a new cheap SIM card wherever I travel.

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+ - The Church of Kopimism is officially recognized by->

Submitted by SgtChaireBourne
SgtChaireBourne writes: Just before Christmas, Sweden became the first country to officially recognize the Church of Kopimism as a religious organization, founded in 2010. It took the Church three tries before succeeding in becoming recognized. The Church holds that information is holy and copying is a sacrament and the value multiplies through copying. Therefore, copying is central for the organization and its members. "Being recognized by the state of Sweden is a large step for all of kopimi. Hopefully, this is one step towards the day when we can live out our faith without fear of persecution," said Isak Gerson, spiritual leader of the Church.
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+ - Deep-brain stimulation fixes depression long term->

Submitted by ananyo
ananyo writes: Deep depression that fails to respond to any other form of therapy can be moderated or reversed by stimulation of areas deep inside the brain. Now the first placebo-controlled study of this procedure shows that these responses can be maintained in the long term.
Neurologist Helen Mayberg at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, followed ten patients with major depressive disorder and seven with bipolar disorder, or manic depression, after an electrode device was implanted in the subcallosal cingulate white matter of their brains and the area continuously stimulated.
All but one of twelve patients who reached the two-year point in the study had completely shed their depression or had only mild symptoms.

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Comment: Re:Adult Gaming? Hah! (Score 1) 343

by Benwick (#27927649) Attached to: On the Advent of Controversial Video Games

Go beat the straw man for a while...

There's plenty of academic, philosophical, and artistic critique of video games out there. The field changes so quickly for technological reasons that the articles (when focusing on a particular game or games) suffer from rapid obsolescence. Nevertheless they exist.

Interactive fiction (e.g. text adventures, remember Infocom?) was a hot topic in the academic world in the early 1980s. As the consumption of video games has increased, so has the academic analysis/criticism. I'm not going to provide a bibliography here since Google, Lexis/Nexis, etc. will make it fairly easy.

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