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Comment Re:Supplements to improve memory (Score 1) 207

Ginko's been claimed to be memory loss/dementia preventing. Mixed bag there on the research (some research indicating so, some not...)- but they DO know it has an impact on healthy individuals by boosting attentiveness considerably through it's ability to inhibit norepinephrine uptake. I'd say it'd help in remembering things because of that aspect.

Would you have a reference, regarding Gingko having an impact on healthy citizens? I've done some research in the past and found no study saying that.

The Internet

Submission + - Data Retention Act passed in Norway (aftenposten.no)

An anonymous reader writes: On Monday, the Data Retention Act of the European Union was passed in the Norwegian Parliament with a narrow majority of 89 votes against 80. The Act mandates telecoms and other providers to save all traffic data about all (mobile) phone calls made and and all email sent for at least six months, so that it will be available to the police in case it is needed for an investiagion. The debate preceeding the vote lasted for ten hours, and representative Tine Skei Grande of Venstre made her final remarks with a quote from Star Wars — "So this is how liberty dies... with thunderous applause.".

Submission + - Private copying shouldn't exist (telegraph.co.uk) 1

dredwerker writes: EU's new copyright leader doesn't believe private copying should exist.

"Martin-Prat has worked for the European Commission before and will be returning from a stint in charge of the legal department of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry.

Yes, Europe has put a record industry lobbyist in charge of the department that will oversee the future of copyright in Europe."
The Daily Telegraph

I didn't see the original furore over the Brennan home cd ripping machine but I can't believe they banned the advert for it. I can't believe the music industry would even want to disallow this. Most people who have this would have their own cds IMHO.

Java

Submission + - Guardian.co.uk Switching from Java to Scala (infoq.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Scala, a functional style programming language that runs on the Java Virtual Machine,
is becoming more mainstream. Twitter uses Scala to develop much of the back-end
code since they found that Ruby
lacked some things that were needed to write reliable, high performance code.
More recently, the team behind guardian.co.uk which, according to its editor,
has the second highest readership of any on-line news site after the New York
Times, is gradually switching
from Java to Scala, starting with the Content API, which provides a mechanism
for selecting and collecting Guardian content.

Games

Submission + - Ryzom Now Free To Play (ryzom.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Less than one year after becoming open-source, Ryzom moves from a 21 day trial period to being free to play. Ryzom is a science-fantasy MMORPG with good graphics (don't trust the screenshots), an original setting, class-less progression and actually interesting crafting and harvesting systems. It has clients for Windows, Mac OS X and GNU/Linux.

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