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Videogame publishers to fans: Oi, freetard! STOP RESURRECTING our dead titles online

El Reg - Sat, 11/04/2015 - 2:00pm
Bunfight over EFF's call for a DMCA exemption

Google-sponsored "digital rights" group the Electronic Frontier Foundation has urged the US Copyright Office to allow players to be exempt from DMCA takedowns when they modify and then upload abandoned games online.…

New Google Boards Added To Coreboot

Phoronix - Sat, 11/04/2015 - 1:31pm
There's some new Google motherboards added to upstream Coreboot...

Cannabis Smoking Makes Students Less Likely To Pass University Courses

Slashdot - Sat, 11/04/2015 - 1:29pm
Bruce66423 writes: A large scale European study shows that students who were unable to buy cannabis legally were 5% more likely to pass their University courses. Below-average students with no legal access to pot were 7.6% more likely to pass their courses, and the effect was five times more pronounced when dealing with courses involving math. One of the study's authors said, "We think this newfound effect on productivity from a change in legal access to cannabis is not negligible and should be, at least in the short run, politically relevant for any societal drug legalization and prohibition decision-making. In the bigger picture, our findings also indicate that soft drug consumption behavior is affected by their legal accessibility, which has not been causally demonstrated before. ... Considering the massive impact on cognitive performance high levels of THC have, I think it is reasonable to at least inform young users much more on consequences of consuming such products as compared with that of having a beer or pure vodka."

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What a time to be alive ... hard and floppy disk drives play Nirvana's <i>Smells Like Teen Spirit</i>

El Reg - Sat, 11/04/2015 - 12:42pm
With the led lights out, it's less dangerous

Vid  Dead Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain must surely be turning in his grave at the latest cover of the band's huge hit song Smells Like Teen Spirit, which the Seattle grunge god had famously loathed.…

Being Overweight Reduces Dementia Risk

Slashdot - Sat, 11/04/2015 - 12:28pm
jones_supa writes Being overweight cuts the risk of dementia, according to the largest and most precise investigation into the relationship (abstract). The researchers were surprised by the findings, which run contrary to current health advice. The team at Oxon Epidemiology and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine analyzed medical records from 2 million people aged 55 on average, for up to two decades. Their most conservative analysis showed underweight people had a 39% greater risk of dementia compared with being a normal healthy weight. But those who were overweight had an 18% reduction in dementia, and the figure was 24% reduction for the obese. Any explanation for the protective effect is distinctly lacking. There are some ideas that vitamin D and E deficiencies contribute to dementia and they may be less common in those eating more. Be it any way, let's still not forget that heart disease, stroke, diabetes, some cancers and other diseases are all linked to a bigger waistline. Maybe being slightly overweight is the optimum to strike, if the recent study is to be followed.

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