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Interview With the Founder of a Video Game Rehab Clinic 59

Posted by Soulskill
from the real-medicine dept.
Ten Ton Hammer has posted the transcript from an interview with Dr. Hilarie Cash, co-founder of the "reSTART Internet Addiction Recovery Program," a relatively new clinic that deals with adults who feel that they are addicted to video games. The interview contains some.. interesting nuggets of wisdom. If you want to avoid addiction, you'd better spend less than two hours per day on online entertainment! The good news is that she doesn't recommend beating people. "When people come, they come for 45 days. It is only for adults; patients must be 18 or older. When they first come, they come for a minimum 2 days to be interviewed and to interview us, because we don't want anyone there who doesn't want to be there. So if they decide they want to be there then they stay for 45 days or longer if they choose. During that time they don't have access to the internet. The idea is that it takes at least 30 days for the brain to make some adjustments it needs to make to get over this addiction, so the brain can begin to rewire back to normal. During that time we are helping them look at why they got addicted, what motivated their addiction and we're assessing to see what skills they are lacking so they can be successful in their adult lives. We try to make a good start at helping to build those skills."

Comment: Re:is it really that bad? (Score 1) 316

by Steeltalon (#30387752) Attached to: The Star Wars Christmas Special Still Exists

Well, you tell me... How bad is Bea Arthur singing and dancing with Roadian Bounty Hunters?

I remember the Ewok movies and, yes, they were horrible (like having the Ewok language as english but backwards). This is a variety special, though, featuring Bea Arthur, Art Carney, and Jefferson Starship.

On the bright side, it also has the cartoon introduction of Boba Fett, but that's the only redeeming quality.

Comment: Re:Here we go again (Score 3, Insightful) 190

by Steeltalon (#29683437) Attached to: IBM Faces DOJ Antitrust Inquiry On Mainframes

What are you talking about?

The Mainframe market had competition. Up until around 2000 Fujitsu/Amdahl and Hitachi both had Mainframe systems (the so called Plug Compatible Manufacturers). They decided to bail out of the market because they didn't see enough profit in them. Since that point, the mainframe has had constant competition from smaller systems. This investigation is nothing short of ridiculous.


+ - Most Extreme Gamma-ray Blast Yet detected-> 4

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Matt_dk writes "The first gamma-ray burst to be seen in high-resolution from NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope is one for the record books. The blast had the greatest total energy, the fastest motions and the highest-energy initial emissions ever seen. Gamma-ray bursts are the universe's most luminous explosions. Astronomers believe most occur when exotic massive stars run out of nuclear fuel. As a star's core collapses into a black hole, jets of material — powered by processes not yet fully understood — blast outward at nearly the speed of light. The jets bore all the way through the collapsing star and continue into space, where they interact with gas previously shed by the star and generate bright afterglows that fade with time."
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+ - LG giving in to Microsoft Linux Claims->

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Steeltalon writes "It seems that LG, famed South Korean electronics company who makes everything from cell phones, to Monitors, to washing machines, and who makes significant use of Linux in many of its products, has decided to cave in to Microsoft patent claims. They've now struck a deal with MS that protects them in exchange for MS gaining access to LG patented technology that is "more valuable than the Microsoft technology claimed to be part of Linux". First Novell, now LG. What next?"
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