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Comment: Re:won't treat REAL ADHD (Score 1) 124

by yurnotsoeviltwin (#26435655) Attached to: Treating ADHD With Games

That's not true, and I can tell you this from first hand experience using neurofeedback. I have ADD (clinically diagnosed) and have been taking treatment with first Straterra and then Adderall for some time now, and I was actually a part of some of the earlier testing of this exact system (the SMART system). When I was using it, it was somewhat buggy - the helmet with the sensors had some conductivity issues, and the hardware was incredibly annoying - but I still definitely reaped benefits from it. The brain is a marvelous thing, and claiming that anything about it can only be changed through one type of intervention (chemical) is pretty naïve.

I personally found that the Need for Speed series worked well with the SMART system, as did other racing games, because the system was able to modify the responsiveness of the accelerator in relation to my level of concentration. Honestly I didn't even like doing it that much because I get bored with racing games - I'm much more of a First Person Shooter or strategy game type of guy, but those don't work with the SMART system very well. I've learned now how to force my brain into that state, and now I only take my Adderall at certain times, like finals week. I stopped using the system when I left for college four years ago because, frankly, I didn't want to be "that kid" who sits in his dorm with a contraption attached to his head as an experimental treatment, but now that I'm about to graduate and get my own place I might look into what advances they've made in the technology and pick it back up again. Maybe eventually game developers will include support for systems like this in their games, so that more genres will work with it - rather than just turning the level of input from the X button up and down, the system could directly modify the rate of unit production in a strategy game or the speed at which your character heals in an FPS.

Why Apple Should Acquire AMD 340

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the what-else-do-you-do-with-mad-ipod-money dept.
slashdotLIKES writes "CoolTechZone.com columnist Gundeep Hora has a new column up that discusses why Apple should acquire AMD and how both companies would be a good fit for each other. From the article, "After private equity groups, let's look at a more strategic acquisition. For that, Apple is the best bet. Yes, I know it sounds way too radical to be taken seriously. However, Apple could drop Intel altogether and adopt AMD for its Macintosh PCs. Sure, the transition is going to take sometime, and it would probably make Apple announce a brand new line of PCs. However, it will be well worth it. We know Steve Jobs is ruthless when it comes to making interesting deals with powerful companies. This makes AMD a perfect match. Obviously Intel isn't going to be too delighted, but other companies don't bother Jobs. We all know he's the type of executive who crafts deals on his own terms. If Intel wants to be associated with Apple, then they won't really have much of a choice."
Programming

+ - Next Generation of source code search engines

Submitted by calumtdalek
calumtdalek (983493) writes "The source code search engine market has seen quite a few developments in the recent past, with google launching its own source code search engine recently. Now another company, All The Code, is entering the competition, with a new way of ranking results. According to the faq, it "considers the relation between code" rather than the traditional single project view used by its predecessors like koders & google codesearch. I wonder if this technique will be adopted by the other industry players?"
Television

+ - NFL won't let church show S*per B*wl

Submitted by bdonalds
bdonalds (989355) writes "INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The NFL has nixed a church's plans to use a wall projector to show the Colts-Bears Super Bowl game, saying it would violate copyright laws.

NFL officials spotted a promotion of Fall Creek Baptist Church's "Super Bowl Bash" on the church Web site last week and overnighted a letter to the pastor demanding the party be canceled, the church said."
Google

+ - New Yorker on Google Books

Submitted by
jefu
jefu writes "The New Yorker (Feb 2) has a story on Google Books (an attempt to index every book around) and its legal problems involving copyright. Interestingly, the conclusion seems to be that Google might settle the lawsuits brought against it, and by doing so, make it more difficult for others who want to do similar things. One good quote : "The suits that are filed are a business negotiation that happens to be going on in the courts.""
United States

Feds Check Credit Reports Without a Subpoena 290

Posted by kdawson
from the thanks-Patriot-Act dept.
An anonymous reader points out that, by using National Security Letters, the FBI and other agencies can legally pull your credit report. The letters have been used by the FBI (mostly) but in some cases by the CIA and Defense Department. From the article: "'These statutory tools may provide key leads for counterintelligence and counterterrorism investigations,' Whitman said. 'Because these are requests for information rather than court orders, a DOD request under the NSL statutes cannot be compelled absent court involvement.'" Recipients of the letters, banks and credit bureaus, usually hand over the requested information voluntarily. A posting at tothecenter.com quotes the Vice President on the use of the letters: "It's perfectly legitimate activity. There's nothing wrong or illegal with it. It doesn't violate people's civil rights... The Defense Department gets involved because we've got hundreds of bases inside the United States that are potential terrorist targets."

Why Gaming Sucks On Linux 357

Posted by Zonk
from the penguins-without-joysticks dept.
lseltzer writes "Efforts have been made to improve the situation, but things have actually gotten worse for gaming on Linux rather than better. If you're a gamer you're just plain better off running Windows and dual-booting (or VMing) between the two operating systems than hoping your games will run in Cedega or some such product." From the article: "So where does all of this leave Linux gamers? One word: Windows. Yep, you read that right. If you're a gamer, do yourself a favor and just buy a copy of Windows and set up a dual-boot system. Why bother to torture yourself with the headaches presented by Linux gaming? Why should you continually not have the games you want to play? Why settle for half-assed solutions that might or might not run the games you crave so desperately?"

Texas to Provide Online 'Bordercams' 730

Posted by Zonk
from the where-do-I-live-now dept.
Dr_Barnowl writes "The BBC reports that Texas intends to erect a network of online webcams at its border to Mexico. The intention is apparently to use viewers as a kind of distributed processing network, with a free phone number to report border-jumpers." From the article: "'A stronger border is what Americans want and it's what our security demands and that is what Texas is going to deliver,' Mr Perry said. The cameras will cost $5m (£2.7m) to install and will be trained on sections of the 1,000-mile (1,600km) border known to be favoured by illegal immigrants " Hey, it's working for Britain, right?

MySpace Makes it to Top 10 Internet Sites 344

Posted by CowboyNeal
from the emo-teens-have-spoken dept.
prostoalex writes "Nielsen//NetRatings Top 10 is a monthly rating of top 10 Internet destinations. Generally dominated by Yahoo!, Microsoft, Google, AOL, eBay and similar major destinations, the list had a newcomer in March of this year. MySpace.com is 10th most visited Web site, losing to #9 Real.com only by 600,000 unique visits per month."

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