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Sebastian Anthony, Extreme Tech, Foc.us: The First commercial tDCS headset that lets you safely overclock your brain, here. We could use this in the Dillon basketball game to play the Princeton JV team – it’ll be like a Flowers for Algernon deal in enhanced basketball abilities. Not a word to Gary Shteyngart.

To give its full name, tDCS stands for transcranial direct current stimulation. Transcranial simply means that the direct current (i.e. from a battery rather than the AC mains) is passed across a region of your brain. In the case of the Foc.us, the direct current passes between the cathode and anode, which are placed over your prefrontal cortex. Basically, by pumping electrons into your brain, your neurons, which communicate via spikes of electricity, become more excitable. This means that they can fire more quickly, improving your reaction time. Furthermore, when you remove the current, your neurons are imbued with additional neuroplasticity — in other words, they more readily make new connections, improving your ability to learn new skills.

Charles Arthur, The Guardian, How low-paid workers at ‘click-farms; create appearance of online popularity, here. Pink I only solicits 100% free range clicks/likes/follows.

How much do you like courgettes? According to one Facebook page devoted to them, hundreds of people find them delightful enough to click the “like” button – even with dozens of other pages about courgettes to choose from.

There’s just one problem: the liking was fake, done by a team of low-paid workers in Dhaka, Bangladesh, whose boss demanded just $15 per thousand “likes” at his “click farm”. Workers punching the keys might be on a three-shift system, and be paid as little as $120 a year.

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