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Medicine

Brain Surgery Linked To Sensation of Spirituality 380

the3stars writes "'Removing part of the brain can induce inner peace, according to researchers from Italy. Their study provides the strongest evidence to date that spiritual thinking arises in, or is limited by, specific brain areas. This raises a number of interesting issues about spirituality, among them whether or not people can be born with a strong propensity towards spirituality and also whether it can be acquired through head trauma." One critic's quoted response: "It's important to recognize that the whole study is based on changes in one self-report measure, which is a coarse measure that includes some strange items."
The Internet

Submission + - Our Pogoplug is now our web server! (azalearss.com)

JetCityOrange writes: "AzaleaRSS.com is the one of the first web sites hosted on a Pogoplug, the incredibly small Linux appliance from CloudEngines. The Pogoplug is a mere 4" x 2.5" x 2" and ours runs Linux, Nginx, and PHP. www.AzaleaRSS.com/Pogoplug/

It lives in the offices of Azalea Software [Seattle WA] alongside a Thinkpad hosting JetCityOrange's Lava Lite webcam and a Mac running Vidalia a.k.a. Tor. The Pogoplug is in good company.

AzaleaRSS is a free RSS editor written for Microsoft Excel 2003 and Excel 2007. The RSS 2.0 files it creates are the basis for feeds, podcasts, and webcasts. AzaleaRSS.com is a resource with information on the RSS spec, how to create RSS feeds from Google Calendars, YouTube channels, Flickr accounts and more. RSS is a powerful web publishing technique and AzaleaRSS strives to spread the word."

Power

Submission + - YouTube Username Dispute

An anonymous reader writes: Hi there, I am user NativeInstruments in the YouTube community. I have received a request from the head of public relations of Native Instruments gmbh to handover the account because they would like to open their own channel. I asked what I could expect for my trouble. He has offered me $500 and threatened legal action if I do not respond by this sunday because they want to open the channel ASAP. So my questions to the slashdot community are mostly; is this what YouTube and communities are about? Are there any potential legal actions that can be taken against me? Are there examples of YouTube or Google accomodating corporate interest over individuals? Should I just give them the account? Any advice is appreciated since I value slashdot contributors' insight highly. Thank you!
Editorial

Submission + - How To Pass a Silicon Valley Software Interview

An anonymous reader writes: Googler Paul Tyma tells what he looks for when interviewing people — at Google and his own startup. He gives a specific question that most interviewees get wrong, but his mom got right! Some of this is common sense, but it's definitely a good read if you're interviewing for hardcore software engineering positions.
Music

Submission + - Cary Sherman Works for FELF, not RIAA

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: "I was reading the article entitled "Students 'worst customers' : RIAA", in which Cary Sherman of the RIAA explains that the reason he has stepped up his campaign against college students is that, while they used to be among the record labels' best customers, college students are now its worst customers. I.e. he thinks suing them will make them better customers. This made me wonder whether Mr. Sherman is really working for the RIAA, or is instead a secret agent for the FELF (Full Employment for Lawyers Foundation)."
Software

Submission + - Ergonomic Software Eliminates Mouse Clicking

ThinSkin writes: "GentleMouse is an ergonomic software program that eliminates the need to click the mouse by translating cursor movements into mouse actions, providing an easy way to perform mouse actions without manually pressing buttons or scrolling. ExtremeTech's review of the GentleMouse provides an in-depth look of this unusual software and was quite pleased with its "intuitive interface, execution, and software options" but the software "cannot overcome issues in certain apps where clicking a mouse is essential, such as when gaming or designing graphics." Here's a video tutorial of the GentleMouse in action."
User Journal

Journal Journal: Prefab backyard dome cabin

I've had a longstanding fascination with icosahedrons. While I don't want the hassle of building a full geodesic dome, using metal connector plates I'm pre-fabbing a small cabin in the backyard of my rental house. And of course, being a photo blog kinda guy it's all on my web site: www.jetcityorange.com/Dome

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