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Brain Stimulation For Entertainment? 87

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:The Pirate Bay (Score 1) 301

by kamapuaa (#48607013) Attached to: The Pirate Bay Responds To Raid

That's not how copyright works and I ask you to disclose that law. Anyway, Guardians of the Galaxy is less than $20 for a DVD, less than an hour's work for most people here, and is the mostly popular thing getting pirated. I seriously doubt you can stretch any law to mean "things have to be really cheap, like maybe just a buck or two, or you can take it without paying."

Comment: Re:Silly backwards lobbyists and authorities (Score 2) 251

by kamapuaa (#48565521) Attached to: Peter Sunde: the Pirate Bay Should Stay Down

Piracy promotes ideas, innovation, allows good things to spread

I'd link to pirate bay if it wasn't down...they showed the top downloads and literally every single one was a commercial movie or game or TV show from a major publisher. The exact same sort of thing that is popular without piracy, only now you don't have to pay for that copy of "Guardians of the Galaxy."

Comment: Re:Very cool. (Score 1) 127

by kamapuaa (#48550379) Attached to: Samsung SSD 850 EVO 32-Layer 3D V-NAND-Based SSD Tested

I don't know, I have a second browser and a second office suite and some old-school games and some programming tools and some translation tools and still have like 12 gigs left. If I want to watch downloaded videos I stream them from my desktop computer. 32 GB is fine if you're not using it for modern games or to house all your media.

Comment: Re:Very cool. (Score 1) 127

by kamapuaa (#48549379) Attached to: Samsung SSD 850 EVO 32-Layer 3D V-NAND-Based SSD Tested

Not quite 15", but the HP stream is a $230 14" laptop with a 32 GB ssd. Windows, office, and the various bundled apps take up about 15 gigs of that. I have the 12" version and speed is fine, you just can't use it for games, and if you want to keep a large collection of music or pictures (or whatever) you need an external drive or SD card.

Comment: What the fuck? (Score 1) 398

by kamapuaa (#48547205) Attached to: Displaced IT Workers Being Silenced

What would these fired workers possibly say, that these theoretical severance packages don't allow?' "I had a job, and then I lost it," or something to that effect? Big deal, that wouldn't make it to the front page of the Times or even Slashdot. And isn't there some kind of communication tool out there, which allows people to anonymously relate something that happened to them, and then have it widely distributed by computer?

Sure, losing a job to an H1B worker is no fun. This post is imagining something sinister is being hidden in severance packages, but leaves the sinister happening so vague as to meaningless. Either say what it is or shut up.

Comment: Re:Surely, that's no pun (Score 2) 156

by kamapuaa (#48537321) Attached to: Chinese Government Moves To Crack Down On Puns

Lion-Eating Poet in the Stone Den is from the early 1910s, meaning it pre-dates pinyin by 50 years. It does look especially stupid in pinyin, but the joke works just as well for theoretical Chinese people who aren't aware of roman characters at all - making puns of words with different tones is very, very common.

I'd need to see a little more background than this article gives, because (as the article does state), puns are just a basic part of Chinese culture. This is probably just an over-interpretation of some vague proclamation given by some no-name politician, aimed at stopping Internet users from posting pictures of crabs wearing wristwatches.

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