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Comment Re:I'm not French (Score 1) 98

There is some hope that this whole surveillance may start crumbling because the French are much more likely to take it more seriously, fish out that old, trusted and may be a little rusted Guillotine to behead Hollande.

I have to disappoint you: I currently live in France, and the revelation about the French state spying on its citizens get hardly any airtime. No one cares here. They are too busy with good-old-fashioned politics with faces attached to issues.

Comment Re:Not the first study of this sort (Score 1) 160

There's been other similar prior work. For example, there's evidence that gamers can quickly allocate their attention in an efficient fashion. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2680769/ and that gamers have faster reaction times for a large variety of tasks http://cdp.sagepub.com/content/18/6/321.short.

Indeed, I'd have modded you up if I'd have mod points.

This study is yet another one showing these effects, but is by far not the first. The effects of video-game playing, in particular action video-game playing, on various part of the decision making process have been studied extensively. The whole research was kicked off by the publication of

Green, C.S. & Bavelier, D. (2003). Action video games modify visual selective attention. Nature, 423, 534-537

with more publications related to that topic available on the lab page of Daphne Bavelier.

Disclaimer: I was working in the same department as the above-mentioned lab some years ago

Comment Re:The French would disagree (Score 1) 473

The French would disagree with this. They have single handedly foisted on the world ever longer copyrights since the 19th century. I don't know why the French are this way, but given that they have invented croissants, mayonaisse and champagne, I'm inclined to believe them.

You shouldn't love them too much for their croissants, as those were blatantly copied from the Austrians, who created the croissant's predecessor, known as the 'Kipferl', which - after being introduced by a Viennese into the Parisian society - was copied by French 'viennoiseries' and became the croissant. Luckily - for them - intellectual property protection wasn't going havoc in the 1830s, yet.

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