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Submission + - Belief in God Can Improve Mental Health Outcomes ( 2

Hatta writes: According to researchers from Harvard Medical School, belief in god is correlated with improved outcomes of treatment for depression:

In the study, published in the current issue of Journal of Affective Disorders, researchers comment that people with a moderate to high level of belief in a higher power do significantly better in short-term psychiatric treatment than those without.

"Belief was associated with not only improved psychological well-being, but decreases in depression and intention to self-harm," says David H. Rosmarin, Ph.D., an instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

This raises interesting questions. Does this support the concept of depressive realism? If the association is found to be causal, would it be ethical for a psychiatrist to prescribe religion?


Submission + - A plea for XBMC on Allwinner A10 (

Hatta writes: OpenElec contributor j1nx has made a public plea to Allwinner to release the source code to the CedarX video libraries for their A10 board behind devices like the mele a1000. Opening this software would make a fully free sub-$100 set top box a reality. Says j1nx: We want to have a better linux CedarX library and we might want have hardware decoding support within the brand new XBMC Android version. They don’t have to do it them self, they only have to provide the proper people (they know who) the proper tools (they know which tools).

Submission + - Chriss Dodd attempts to bribe Barack Obama ( 1

Hatta writes: Hollywood's top lobbyist and former Sen. Chris Dodd is threatening to cut off campaign funds to President Obama's re-election effort because of anger over the White House appearing to side with tech companies in a bitter fight over anti-piracy legislation.

In an exclusive interview with Fox News, Dodd fired off a warning to Obama — his former Senate Democratic colleague in this election year — "don't take us for granted."

"Candidly, those who count on quote 'Hollywood' for support need to understand that this industry is watching very carefully who's going to stand up for them when their job is at stake," Dodd told Fox News. "Don't ask me to write a check for you when you think your job is at risk and then don't pay any attention to me when my job is at stake."


Submission + - Capcom announces unreplayable game ( 3

Hatta writes: Resident Evil: Mercenaries 3D for the Nintendo 3DS will be an experience that can be completed once per customer. Using a single, unwipable save slot Capcom ensures that a second hand customer gets a second rate experience. If you buy this game used, you will be stuck with the previous owner's progress, unable to start the game fresh.

Submission + - Disorderly conduct online (

Hatta writes: A teenager who posted a demeaning list of female classmates on Facebook has been arrested for disorderly conduct. Is this an appropriate response to online harassment, or a threat to free speech?

Submission + - Flash carts deemed legal by French court (

Hatta writes: From MaxConsole: Nintendo has today lost a major court case against the Divineo group in the main court of Paris. Nintendo originally took the group to court over DS flash carts, however the judge today has ruled against Nintendo and suggested that they are purposely locking out developers from their consoles and things should be more like Windows where ANYONE can develop any application if they wish to.

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