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+ - Neurofeedback at Home: Is it possible? 1

Submitted by sker
sker (467551) writes "Mind hackers, self-help junkies, even regular people have heard wild promises of the power of neurofeedback — namely the process of watching a visual representation of your own brain's activity to influence what your brain is doing. Folks are using it to cure ADHD, PTSD, or even to supposedly improve mindfulness meditation. Previously the sole domain of costly hospital and research equipment, the necessary EEG equipment is making its way into the home. From newagey Deepak Chopra-endorsed kits to the for-engineers-only OpenEEG project, the options are rapidly getting unwieldy for curious bystanders to make sense of. Have you had experience with EEG or neurofeedback at home? Do you have advice?"

Comment: SItes Don't Want it (Score 2) 446

by sker (#40755671) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's Holding Up Single Sign-On?
Seems like most of the replies here suggest that users don't really want it. Maybe Slashdot users dont want it, but seems to me another reason is that sites don't want it If the purpose of a login was to confirm my identity, more sites would make this easier. The purpose of a login is to shackle you to a site. This is why even if you see a "Login with Twitter" "Login with Facebook" button and try to use it, you're immediately required to "link" your Twitter or FB account to the "app" of that site. They don't give a damn what your identity is, they need more than just a confirmation of that, they need your permission to make you part of their social media reach. Now, there are ways to make this all happen with a good SSO, of course, but that's technically harder to implement, and there will often be some "business requirement" for some crucial piece of valuable personal info that happens to not provided in whatever SSO, and so the managers will push for a custom sign-on. Facebook is getting close though. For better or for worse.

Comment: Re:Hate it. (Score 2) 353

by sker (#39032823) Attached to: Mozart and Bach Handel Subway Station Crime
I agree. Also, I hate the color yellow. Why should I be subjected to the color yellow at the edge of the platform? I'd stay away from the edge even if it weren't yellow, thus having any yellow in the station is an unreasonable and unfair imposition on my rights. I am sure there are other people who would avoid the edge of the platform sans a yellow edge, thus validating my point.

Comment: Re:I'm having a hard time seeing infringement (Score 1) 222

by sker (#28671493) Attached to: Obama Photog Says "You're Both Wrong" To AP & Fairey

>> "It's my assertion that the unique features which make a photograph have been almost entirely removed - transformed into an image which could very well be found to be nearly identical to a frame of a TV clip of the same - or even another - speaking engagement the (now) President has given over the last 2 years."

If that's true then it should have been easy for Fairey to find some pubic domain image to use. If I take someone else's code for something I could have written but didn't feel like it, that's potentially bogus. If I then disavow any knowledge of the original coder until pressed,(as Fairey did) that's pretty dishonest. There existed a system where Fairey could have licensed the image if he wanted. He didn't bother. He didn't want to share any credit. If the original photograph contributed nothing at all to the final piece, then it never needed to be used in the first place. It's clear to me that *something* of the original photo remains in the final piece -- and as such the original photographer deserves *something* for it. Be it credit, a fee or whatever.

Comment: Re:I'm having a hard time seeing infringement (Score 2, Interesting) 222

by sker (#28671403) Attached to: Obama Photog Says "You're Both Wrong" To AP & Fairey

>>Yes, the photograph is copyright, but the content - Obama looking up in a button down shirt and a tie - is so generic as to be reduced to almost "factual" information when translated into the poster.

If that's truly the case, then why would Fairey have needed to use the photo at all? If it is generic, why did he use it? Why wouldn't he use his magic artist skillz to create some equally lifelike pose without anyone else's photo? I understand the majority of Slashdot doesn't view photography as a creative art with any intrinsic value. But, if the photo has no value then don't use it. If the original photo adds nothing at all to the "essence" of the final work then Fairey shouldn't have needed it in the first place.

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The new CD, Think Tank, from Blur is getting demolished in most reviews. The general theme in those reviews is that Damon Albarn has gone off the deep end of megalomania and left Blur with an unfocused dance-rock experiment on knob-twiddling.

It's all true but I like it anyway. It has sounds that I'm not hearing anywhere else.

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