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Brain Training Games Don't Train Your Brain 151

Stoobalou writes with this excerpt from "A new study has shown that brain training games do little to exercise the grey matter. Millions of people who have been prodding away at their Nintendo DS portable consoles, smug in the knowledge that they are giving their brains a proper work-out, might have to rethink how they are going to stop the contents of their skulls turning into mush."
Data Storage

Submission + - Corsair selling 32GB USB flash drives (

Quicho writes: "Corsair today released its first 32GB USB 2.0 flash drives, the largest and cheapest drives of their kind to date. The two drives, the Voyager and the Survivor, come with AES 256-bit encryption for Windows Vista, XP and 2000 systems only via TrueCrypt open source security software. The drives are compatible with Windows Vista, XP, 2000, ME, Linux 2.4 and later, Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X and can be booted from. The Survivor comes in an industrial-looking aluminum case that the company claims is water resistent up to 200 meters. The Voyager has a colorful, rubber case. The 32GB Flash Voyager will retail for $229.99 and the 32GB Flash Survivor will list for $249.99."

Submission + - Proof That Practice Does Make Perfect (

eldavojohn writes: "Despite earlier studies showing that the early effects of repetition are negative in learning something, researchers at Carnegie Mellon have discovered the mechanism that enforces 'practice makes perfect.' From the article, "Scientists have shown that N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptors are required to initiate synaptic plasticity in this mechanism, a fact that holds true in many areas of the brain. Indeed, it is becoming increasingly clear that these receptors are required for the kind of synaptic strengthening that occurs during learning." They hope that by better understanding this long term learning, they can better understand diseases."

Submission + - Citrix, Microsoft and VMware: Comparing strategies (

virtualization_dork writes: "Many people look at product reviews and research reports when choosing IT platforms. They want a quick "Consumer Reports" answer. Yet when choosing core products, a critical step in evaluating vendors is examining their strategies and approaches, not specific products. So, in this comparison of three virtualization heavyweights, VMware, Citrix and Microsoft, expert Steve Shah looks at their positions more than their products. In the end, buyers should understand the vendors' take on the virtualization market, its direction and the priorities chosen to achieve their goals.

Read his review at"

Data Storage

Submission + - Hitachi releases half-terabyte notebook drive ( 5

Lucas123 writes: "Hitachi has released its Travelstar 5K500 2.5-inch disk drive that has 500GB capacity and spins at 5,400 rpm with a 3Gbit/sec Serial Advanced Technology Attachment interface. At the same time, Asus announced a 1TB laptop that incorporates two 500GB drives. The Asus M70 will be launched at CES next week. It comes optionally equipped with a digital/analog TV tuner and video recording capability. The Hitachi will be available in February for about $350 for a 400GB version and about $400 for a 500GB version."

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