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Brain Stimulation For Entertainment? 88

Posted by Soulskill
from the volunteer-your-neighbors-as-guinea-pigs dept.
An anonymous reader writes: Transcranial magnetic stimulation has been used for years to diagnose and treat neural disorders such as stroke, Alzheimer's, and depression. Soon the medical technique could be applied to virtual reality and entertainment. Neuroscientist Jeffrey Zacks writes, "it's quite likely that some kind of electromagnetic brain stimulation for entertainment will become practical in the not-too-distant future." Imagine an interactive movie where special effects are enhanced by zapping parts of the brain from outside to make the action more vivid. Before brain stimulation makes it to the masses, however, it has plenty of technical and safety hurdles to overcome.

Comment: Re:HDD endurance? (Score 1) 125

by rthille (#48533357) Attached to: Consumer-Grade SSDs Survive Two Petabytes of Writes

Partly it depends on whether you care about being able to write a certain amount of data, or rewrite the blocks the same number of times...

Most consumers of hard-drive services care about how much data they can safely store and retrieve and the speed & cost of the device, not how many times they can rewrite a flash block before it fails...

Comment: Re: DMCA (Defamation) (Score 5, Informative) 245

by rthille (#48366267) Attached to: ISPs Removing Their Customers' Email Encryption

The headline is wrong. The ISP is removing the mail server's announcement that it supports STARTTLS, and your mail client/server sends your email unencrypted.
The solution to that is using SMTPS on 465, where encryption is presumed, not negotiated. But that was deprecated soon after the RFC came out in favor of TLS. It's almost like someone was thinking ahead and wanted the internet to be less secure:

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