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New York Culls Sex Offenders From the Online Gaming Ranks

December 20th, 2012 12:53 admin View Comments

Crime

SternisheFan writes with a story at PC Mag that New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has announced that more than 2000 registered sex offenders have been kicked off various online gaming platforms, in an cooperative effort involving both the state and various gaming companies. From that article: “Earlier this year, the accounts of 3,500 additional offenders were removed from platforms operated by Microsoft, Apple, Blizzard Entertainment, Electronic Arts, Disney Interactive Media Group, and Warner Brothers. New York State’s Electronic Securing and Targeting of Online Predators Act (e-STOP) law requires convicted sex offenders to register all of their email addresses, screen names, and other Internet identifiers with the state. Schneiderman’s office then makes that information available to certain websites so they can make sure that their communities were not being used by predators. Operation: Game Over, however, is the first time e-STOP has been applied to online gaming platforms, he said. Since many online gaming platforms let users send messages to other players anonymously, it’s unsafe to have convicted offenders using these services, Schneiderman said.”

Source: New York Culls Sex Offenders From the Online Gaming Ranks

Indian School Textbook Says Meat-Eaters Lie and Commit Sex Crimes

November 16th, 2012 11:13 admin View Comments

Education

another random user writes with bad news from the BBC for anybody who enjoys a hamburger now and again: Meat-eaters ‘easily cheat, lie, forget promises and commit sex crimes,’ according to a controversial school textbook available in India. New Healthway, a book on hygiene and health aimed at 11 and 12 year-olds, is printed by one of India’s leading publishers. ‘This is poisonous for children,’ Janaki Rajan of the Faculty of Education at Jamia Millia University in Delhi told the BBC. ‘The government has the power to take action, but they are washing their hands of it,’ she said. ‘The strongest argument that meat is not essential food is the fact that the Creator of this Universe did not include meat in the original diet for Adam and Eve. He gave them fruits, nuts and vegetables,’ reads a chapter entitled Do We Need Flesh Food? The chapter details the ‘benefits’ of a vegetarian diet and goes on to list ‘some of the characteristics’ found among non-vegetarians. ‘They easily cheat, tell lies, forget promises, they are dishonest and tell bad words, steal, fight and turn to violence and commit sex crimes,’ it says.”

Source: Indian School Textbook Says Meat-Eaters Lie and Commit Sex Crimes

DNA Analysis Probes the End of Human-Neanderthal Sex

October 7th, 2012 10:01 admin View Comments

Earth

An anonymous reader writes “Modern Europeans may have interbred with Neanderthals as recently as 37,000 years ago, after modern humans with advanced stone tools expanded out of Africa, according to a new study. In an attempt to understand why the Neanderthals are more closely related to people from outside of Africa, researchers from Harvard and the Max Planck Institute estimated that while the last sex between Neanderthals and modern humans may have occurred 37,000 to 86,000 years ago, it is most likely that it occurred 47,000 to 65,000 years ago.”

Source: DNA Analysis Probes the End of Human-Neanderthal Sex

Australian Sex Party May Sue Google Over Ad Refusal

July 20th, 2012 07:18 admin View Comments

Australia

New submitter niftydude writes “Australian newspaper The Age is carrying the story: The Australian Sex Party has threatened Google with legal action after the search engine refused to run its ads on the eve of tomorrow’s Melbourne by-election. It comes after Sex Party ads were blocked by Google at the last federal election because the company — which is typically opposed to censorship — perceived the text as too racy (the ads were reinstated by Google the day before the election). Sex Party candidate Fiona Patten said this time the search giant said it would not approve her ads ‘because we have a donate button on our page and we’re not a charity.’ Don’t all political parties allow donations? Is google imposing it’s own sense of morality onto Australian politics?”

Source: Australian Sex Party May Sue Google Over Ad Refusal

A Girl’s Guide to Sex with Dogs

May 16th, 2012 05:26 admin View Comments

My name is Jamie, and I am not ashamed to say that I enjoy having sex with dogs (and I’ve been doing it since I was 14!), I am totally “normal” in almost all respects: I’m 28 and live in Los Angeles. I have a boyfriend who is pretty good in bed and I have a great job as a graphic artist. But I’ve found that dogs can actually be better and more satisfying lovers than either men or women! I know that sounds weird, and a lot of you will be shocked by this, but thousands of women and girls worldwide agree with me, and, by all indications, more women are discovering this secret every day. Women have been having sex with animals for centuries, and I wholeheartedly recommend it to any woman who wants to experience what is possibly the most intense and electrifying sexual experience there is.

Source: A Girl’s Guide to Sex with Dogs

[STUDY] Jonesing For A Retweet: Twitter Harder To Resist Than Cigarettes And Booze

February 4th, 2012 02:15 admin View Comments

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A new study suggests that people are more likely to give into the urge to check email and their Twitter account than they are to smoke cigarettes or drink alcohol. While the study headed by Wilhelm Hofmann of Chicago University’s Booth Business School was limited in size, covering just 205 people between the ages of 18 and 85, it seems to confirm what many of us have suspected for years.

“Desires for media may be comparatively harder to resist because of their high availability and also because it feels like it does not ‘cost much’ to engage in these activities, even though one wants to resist,” Hofmann told the Guardian.

The study was primarily focused on willpower as opposed to addiction, and the moments when people were forced to resist urges to partake in an activity or deal with conflicting urges, such as the urge to sleep and the urge to stay out socializing. Sleep and sex generally trumped other urges, but checking media and work were generally put ahead of socializing and shopping urges.

“Modern life is a welter of assorted desires marked by frequent conflict and resistance, the latter with uneven success,” Hofmann said.

The study found that resistance to all urges declined as the day wore on, and that people seem to do a better job of resisting the urge to smoke or drink than many may have thought, given the addictive nature of both.

“With cigarettes and alcohol there are more costs – long-term as well as monetary – and the opportunity may not always be the right one,” Hofmann said. “So, even though giving in to media desires is certainly less consequential, the frequent use may still ‘steal’ a lot of people’s time.”

Photo courtesy of ShutterStock.

Source: [STUDY] Jonesing For A Retweet: Twitter Harder To Resist Than Cigarettes And Booze

Amateur Food Porn Has Got To Stop

January 27th, 2012 01:00 admin View Comments

foodporn4.jpg“We eat with our eyes,” Iliana Regan told me, “and then it travels to our brain, and we love the sensation of the taste and the hot. I think it does a lot for the senses.” Pretty steamy, right? Food is sexy. There can be no doubt. But just like sex, it’s not always pretty. And in food and sex alike, humans love to take pictures.

There are laws about the sex part, but food is not censored in our society. The temptation is strong in the smartphone age to share our daily deeds with the world. It makes them less mundane. Meals are miraculous, really. Food is sacred. It gives life. But the rest of us on the Internet aren’t at the table with you. We can’t taste how good it is. Sometimes, if the light’s not quite right, or you’re too close up, what feels really good to you might look really gross to us.

RWW’s Curt Hopkins: “Good lord, man. That’s the slop pail from a Burmese hospital.”

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This is just intended as a friendly tip. We would never presume to dictate what kinds of fun are or are not allowed. We just have some… let’s call them aesthetic concerns about the lack of aesthetic concern sometimes sorely needed before posting a photo of food. It’s food, remember? It’s supposed to look delicious. It may taste delicious, but your Instagram followers, who don’t get to taste it, might lose their appetites if you’re not careful.

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Food porn can be exceedingly pleasant. Professional photographers with solid equipment can make even everyday meals look irresistible. The website FoodPornDaily features one new shot every day, and they’re invariably good enough to make you say “MMMMMMmmmmmmm.” Iliana Regan has talented photographers capture the food she creates, and her images are lovely.

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But a smartphone sensor won’t always do it justice, and Instagram filters tend to turn things very brown. Just something to keep in mind.

“All pictures of food on social media look like the street next to a major university on Sunday morning.”
 - Curt Hopkins

“The key is good post-processing,” says ReadWriteWeb webmaster Jared Smith, “and not just slapping an Instagram filter on. This digs to a deeper issue. Instagram has introduced a lot of people to photography that otherwise probably wouldn’t participate. They get into the filters and the like.”

“Punk as fuck,” replies production editor Curt Hopkins. “And I like that. EXCEPT FOR FOOD.”

“There have been amateur photos of everything from crimes being committed to mountains to ladies to flowers that have been lovely, arresting, striking,” Hopkins says. “But there has not been one single amateur picture of food on a social media site that does not look like a pile of grey-beige recycled meatloaf. This includes lobster and cake.”

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Joe ‘Zonker’ Brockmeier has an important counterpoint. “You put them in your feed,” he reminds us. “You followed them.”

“I unfollow people for this all the time,” I reply, “but there are some people whose tastes I mostly like, or who are my friends, and I don’t want to miss out on their lives.”

“It’s like getting gross-rolled.”
 - John Paul Titlow

“You have to take the good and bad, then,” Brockmeier says. “Just saying – if a friend of mine is like ‘I don’t like cat pictures, stop posting them to Facebook,’ my response is, ‘You can unfriend me if you want. This is my feed. I’ll post whatever makes me happy.’ Now, if the cat pic is my cat licking herself, you might have a more valid criticism.”

What we are responding to here is the photo-culinary equivalent of cats licking their butts. The Web is a wonderful place to share photos. Lord knows there are enough ways to do it. But before you tweet your breakfast, take a look at the photo. Savor it. Then ask yourself, “Does this look good enough to eat?”

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Feel free to agree or disagree in the comments.

Disclosure: Iliana Regan is the creator of the Chicago underground supper club One Sister, for which ReadWriteWeb’s Alicia Eler has done some social media consulting in the past.

Lead photo by Iliana Regan

Photo 2 by Jon Mitchell

Photo 3 by Simon Mayo, found in Twitter’s top image search results for “stroganoff”

Photo 4 (the good one) by Jennifer Moran

Photo 5 by Joel Sierra, found in Twitter’s top image search results for “sushi”

Photo 6 by Nabila Huda

Source: Amateur Food Porn Has Got To Stop

Facebook a Factor in a Third of UK Divorces

January 2nd, 2012 01:04 admin View Comments

Facebook

hypnosec writes with an excerpt from an IT Pro Portal article: “A recent survey conducted by a UK based divorce website disclosed that 33 percent of behavior divorce petitions filed cite Facebook as a cause for filling for divorce in 2011. In 2009 this figure was 20 per cent. 5000 people were surveyed by Divorce-Online, the UK divorce website, during 2009 and 2011 covering Facebook as a means to check behavior of spouse with the opposite sex and spouses using the social networking platform to comment about their exes post the separation. Three reasons that came out on the top for listing Facebook in divorce petition were inappropriate messages sent to the opposite sex, posting nasty comments about exes, and friends on Facebook reporting about spouse’s behavior.”

Source: Facebook a Factor in a Third of UK Divorces

Facebook a Factor in a Third of UK Divorces

January 2nd, 2012 01:04 admin View Comments

Facebook

hypnosec writes with an excerpt from an IT Pro Portal article: “A recent survey conducted by a UK based divorce website disclosed that 33 percent of behavior divorce petitions filed cite Facebook as a cause for filing for divorce in 2011. In 2009 this figure was 20 per cent. 5000 people were surveyed by Divorce-Online, the UK divorce website, during 2009 and 2011 covering Facebook as a means to check behavior of spouse with the opposite sex and spouses using the social networking platform to comment about their exes post the separation. Three reasons that came out on the top for listing Facebook in divorce petition were inappropriate messages sent to the opposite sex, posting nasty comments about exes, and friends on Facebook reporting about spouse’s behavior.”

Source: Facebook a Factor in a Third of UK Divorces

Blue vs. Pink: What Role Does Gender Play In Mobile Phone Usage?

November 30th, 2011 11:30 admin View Comments

gender-cake-150.jpgA new study by Compete shows that women are adopting smartphones more quickly than men. In 2011, women outnumbered men in a study of smartphone owners by gender. This goes directly against findings in 2010, at which point there were more male than female smartphone owners. Of the types of activities done on smartphones, female-identified smartphone owners were more interested in sending text messages, accessing social networks, playing games, sharing photos and videos, conducting financial transactions and shopping online than their male counterparts. A greater percentage of men surveyed were more interested in streaming content (movies/TV) and making dinner reservations than female smartphone owners.

Of course, this study falls into the same space that all gender-specific studies from big research firms do. It conflates sex (biological and physiological characteristics that define men and women) and gender (socially constructed roles, behaviors, activities and attributes that a given society considers appropriate for men and women). These definitions of sex and gender are from the World Health Organization.

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This study sees a clear distinction between “male” and “female,” and asserts that boys will be boys, and girls will be girls. It seems to de-emphasize gender-neutral phone features like sending text messages, access to social networks, long battery life and camera/video which score about the same across gender lines.

What if marketers thought more about the Kinsey scale and variations in gender instead of going by the same old hum-drum heteronormative model that conflates gender and sex?

For example, what about people who identify sex-wise as “female” but, if you asked them about their gender, they would respond with “boy” or “male”? How about people whose sex is male, but their gender is located more in the “girl” or “female” side of the gender spectrum? And how about folks who don’t see themselves in either realm? This study chooses to ignore them. Perhaps those concepts are too difficult for traditional marketers to grasp. If you want to go by a “two-gender” system, you’ll still find the results to this study fascinating and indicative of a much scarier trend: That we’re still living in the 1950′s.

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What women really want more than their male counterparts, it says, is personal email access and pre-installed games. These results are in line with a study earlier this year from Flurry, which found that mobile gamers are more heavily female (53%) than traditional gamers (40% female).

Male smartphone owners are apparently most interested in fast Internet browsing, WiFi, speakerphone, touchscreen, high screen quality, GPS, music players, ability to search contents of the phone, QWERTY keyboard, memory card slot, ability to run more than one app at a time, integrated app store, access to 4G network and access to corporate email.

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Basically, the study suggests that women want to use their smartphones for fun and personal use while men are busy conducting business on their phones. By these standards, it looks like things haven’t changed a bit since the 1950s.

What is study data like this being used for? Helping marketers create hypergendered products. The study goes on to discuss the gendered nature of Android (crazy red-eyed robot caters to people whose gender is more “male” or “boy,” if we’re going by the two-gendered system that this study works off of) in contrast with the new Verizon HTC Rhyme phone, which was released in September 2011 and is supposed to cater specifically to women. How does it do this? With a “charm call indicator which dangles from your purse and lights up when you get a call or text message.” So boys get the fierce, all-powerful robot from Hell and women get a dangly light-up purse toy trinket?

What marketers are really missing here is the difference between sex and gender, and how gender variance and a move away from the “two-gender” system can be used to make gendered actually marketing work.

Source: Blue vs. Pink: What Role Does Gender Play In Mobile Phone Usage?

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