Study Investigates Variability In Men's Recall Of Sexual Cues

There should be an image here!Even if a woman is perfectly clear in expressing sexual interest or rejection, young men vary in their ability to remember the cues, a new University of Iowa study shows.

Overall, college-age men were quite good at recalling whether their female peers — in this case, represented through photos — showed interest. Their memories were especially sharp if the model happened to be good looking, dressed more provocatively, and conveyed interest through an inviting expression or posture.

But as researchers examined variations in sexual-cue recall, they found two noteworthy correlations: men with a history of more frequent serious relationships did a better job remembering the cues, while men who scored higher on a sexual aggression survey performed worse.

“Tracking and remembering a partner’s emotions may play a role in the initiation and maintenance of a serious romantic relationship,” said lead author Teresa Treat, a psychologist in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. “Likewise, misremembering a woman’s level of sexual interest could prompt some men to make unwanted sexual advances and become frustrated when a woman doesn’t respond as anticipated.”

Published this month in the journal Applied Cognitive Psychology, the study by Treat and colleagues at Indiana University involved 232 men with an average age of 19. The men viewed full-body photos of models who varied in attractiveness, attire and whether they were expressing interest. A short time later, the men were presented with the previously viewed photos, along with new photos of the same women communicating the opposite cue. They were asked which exact photos they’d seen before.

Researchers relied on extensive rating data from undergraduate men and women to determine level of attractiveness, provocativeness of dress, and whether each model’s body language indicated sexual interest or rejection — for example, a “come hither” gaze versus a scowl. The men completed surveys about their relationship history and the level to which they endorsed sexually aggressive attitudes.

It’s important to note, Treat says, that misremembering a woman’s cue is not an excuse for an unwanted advance. Department of Justice statistics show that nearly one in four women experience an attempted or completed rape in college, and the goal of this type of research is to develop better prevention strategies.

“Finding that risk for sexual aggression is associated with processing patterns in no way minimizes the responsibility of potential perpetrators to attend to potential victims’ interest levels and consent cues,” she said. “But if we can better understand how women’s cues might be misinterpreted, we’ll be better able to address the difficulties of some young men that can result in such negative consequences.”

While the study suggests that there may be a link between memory for women’s sexual interest and both positive and negative sexual experiences, the long-term significance of the findings depends on whether memory proves to play a causal role in the experiences, and whether the link remains when the cues of sexual interest are presented in a more lifelike manner. It’s also important to remember that numerous factors other than memory for a partner’s emotions can affect young adults’ sexual experiences.

“In this study, the information young men had about the women was restricted to a photo,” Treat said. “In the real world, they’d be able to see how the woman responds. We’ll need to see whether similar patterns emerge when men receive more information on women, perhaps through video or audio, or in structured interactions.”

[Photo above by Chad Miller / CC BY-ND 2.0]

Jennifer Brown @ University of Iowa – Health Science


Why Were The AT&T, iPad Hackers Ignored By Reuters And Other News Media?

While everyone on the Internet — journalists, bloggers, TV news and other media — were falling all over themselves to report about the hacking of AT&T and the Apple iPad, there was another story playing out behind the scenes that is now coming to light. It is being alleged by the hackers that they had sent the same information to Reuters, News Corp, The Washington Post, and The San Francisco Chronicle — all ignored the story.

If the allegations are true, it makes one wonder why these agencies did not report the hacking?

An article over at Forbes states:

“I disclosed this to other press organizations first (ones who had iPad users affected by the breach, lol) and was ignored,” writes Weev in an email. “Gawker found out and ran with it immediately.”

To prove it, Weev sent Forbes copies of emails sent to press at Reuters, News Corp, The Washington Post and The San Francisco Chronicle. The veracity of the emails has not been confirmed, but each has a timestamp dating back to Sunday night.

One of the purported emails is included at the bottom of this post. For privacy, some information has been redacted but it was addressed to 11 Reuters email addresses, including [email protected] and [email protected]

Asked if Gawker paid for the scoop, Weev said the publication did not provide remuneration. “we did a benefit analysis and decided they could take our story viral the fastest,” he writes in an email.

For those who love any story that may show a conspiracy to repress the news, this could turn out to be more important than the hack itself. It does make one wonder if the news is being filtered to us by these agencies.

I believe that we can agree upon the fact that the news is and has been ‘shaded’ by certain groups for their own agenda and that we do not always get the correct interpretation of what actually happened.

So what do you think? Conspiracy or mistake? You decide.

Comments welcome.

Source – Forbes

Vonage Was On The Verge Of Bankruptcy – Can It Save Itself?

Vonage is on the ropes according to an article at Forbes and is trying to reinvent itself as a mobile phone carrier. During the past decade or so, Vonage offered landline service via VoIP at a reasonable rate when compared to teleco’s who were pricing their services at over double the Vonage rate. But that was then and this is now and the landscape has changed. Cable companies began to offer their own VoIP service and are taking customers away from Vonage by bundling services at a lower price.

Vonage, according to one article, was on the verge of bankruptcy before getting an injection of funds:

The problem: In a way that it didn’t in its early days, Vonage finds itself competing with cable companies that offer cheap Internet calling plans bundled with television and Internet services. Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Cox Communications all boast bigger Internet calling businesses than Vonage, which has 2.5 million customers, according to research firm IDC. “There will always be a market for really cheap voice [service],” says Paul Brodsky, an analyst with research firm TeleGeography. “Making money on really cheap voice is another issue.”

In late December Vonage began offering an application called Vonage World Mobile that allows users to make unlimited international calls on their mobile phones. That’s also $25 a month, or $15 for customers who also subscribe to the home Vonage World service.

Instead of tying customers to their home phones, as Vonage used to, these new services will be offered as applications that can be downloaded to a variety of devices, from netbooks to smart phones. Vonage is also working to enable video calling, as competitor Skype currently does, and is considering partnering with social networking, dating and videogaming sites to provide calling services for members.

One trend in Vonage’s favor: More people are giving up their landlines and going wireless. “If VoIP growth is going to come from anywhere, it will be from mobile,” says IDC analyst Irene Berlinsky.

I am a Vonage user and did not realize that the company was have serious financial issues. It makes one wonder if people will want to use the Vonage mobile services when others are already offering steep discounts on cell phone and cell phone plans.

I know that Walmart has their new offerings of $30 and $40 a month cell plans that are low price leaders and which Vonage will have to compete against. Whether or not people will continue to use Vonage or just switch over to cell phones completely remains to be seen.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Source – Forbes

Can Using Facebook Be Hazardous To Your Marriage?

Some researchers in the UK believe that Facebook can be hazardous to married people. They cite the fact that one in five people who are currently filing for divorce are citing Facebook as the cause of the breakup. It seems that some are actually having virtual love affairs on Facebook with people they have not actually met. Suspicious spouses are also searching the Facebook site looking for evidence of flirting and even online affairs.

According to one source it states:

“The most common reason seemed to be people having inappropriate sexual chats with people they were not supposed to.”

Flirty emails and messages found on Facebook pages are increasingly being cited as evidence of unreasonable behavior.

Computer firms have even cashed in by developing software allowing suspicious spouses to electronically spy on someone’s online activities.

One 35-year-old woman even discovered her husband was divorcing her via Facebook.

Last year a 28-year-old woman ended her marriage after discovering her husband had been having a virtual affair with someone in cyberspace he had never met.

Amy Taylor 28, split from David Pollard after discovering he was sleeping with an escort in the game Second Life, a virtual world where people reinvent themselves.

I personally find this ridiculous. These people shouldn’t be married in the first place. Obviously they do not love each other, but if they do, have no respect for their spouse or themselves. How can anyone have a cyber relationship with someone? What’s next, cyber sex?

Comments welcome.


AP and Google Butting Heads

According to an article over at Forbes, the chief of the AP is making threat towards Google to cut off their copy, soon. The AP has been around for about 163 years or so and has held the newspaper companies hostage by limited the news that can be printed. In the digital age, with television, radio, satellite communication is the AP even still needed?

Maybe I am just naive, but aren’t there other ways to get the news besides the AP? Does modern communications today need an old system of news reporting? According to Forbes it states:

The AP and Google have been debating content and compensation issues for months. In an interview with Forbes on Wednesday, Curley warned that if Google doesn’t strike the right deal with the AP soon, “They will not get our copy going forward.”

The threat follows Rupert Murdoch’s accusation earlier this month that Google is committing copyright thievery when it borrows material from news stories to assemble search rankings. A few days later, the AP weighed in with a similar charge–though it did not mention Google–announcing a content protection initiative and threatening legal and legislative action against news aggregators.

The AP, a 163-year-old cooperative owned by news organizations, won’t discuss its talks with Google, but plans to create landing pages and Web-based “news maps” directing users to original AP stories (and away from secondary sources who post material “borrowed” from the AP). To do this, the AP needs Google’s help. Most likely that means Google creating search protocols similar to those created from the licensing deal the AP inked with Google in 2006.

I must admit that I do not know all of the ins and outs of news reporting, but I do know that Google is the primary search engine on the Internet. One would think they would be setting the terms and not AP when it comes to Internet reporting.

If the AP had their way we would all still be riding trains and airplanes would be outlawed. Isn’t it time that these corporate greed mongers be put in their place?

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Forbes article is here.

Need A Job? Move To Texas!

Over at Forbes they have an article, actually a grouping of articles, in which they have selected towns throughout America that are ‘the best cities for jobs.’ According to the Forbes stats, eight of the top 20 towns are located in the state of Texas. The article covers various factors on why Texas is a prime candidate for those seeking employment.

In the article it states that:

The top of the complete ranking–which, for ease, we have broken down into the two smaller lists, of the best big and small cities for jobs–is dominated by one state: Texas. The Lone Star State may have lost a powerful advocate in Washington, but it’s home to a remarkable eight of the top 20 cities on our list–including No. 1-ranked Odessa, a small city in the state’s northwestern region. Further, the top five large metropolitan areas for job growth–Austin, Houston, San Antonio, Ft. Worth and Dallas–are all in Texas’ “urban triangle.”

The reasons for the state’s relative success are varied. A healthy energy industry is certainly one cause. Many Texas high-fliers, including Odessa, Longview, Dallas and Houston, are home to energy companies that employ hordes of people–and usually at fairly high salaries for both blue- and white-collar workers. In some places, these spurts represent a huge reversal from the late 1990s. Take Odessa’s remarkable 5.5% job growth in 2008, which followed a period of growth well under 1% from 1998 to 2002.

So in a time of economic uncertainty it is good to see that some areas have not been hit hard by the recession. Texas appears to be on the rebound and jobs appear plentiful. So if you are one of the millions of unemployed, Texas may be the opportunity you need to find work.

Comments welcome.


When It Comes To Vista, Who Do You Believe?

You gotta love it! When it comes to Microsoft’s operating system Vista, the beat goes on and on. No sooner do you think that everything is settling down and that the two Vista camps [love it – hate it] have disappeared, up jumps the devil once again. But this time the game and comparisons are different.

Over at the Inquirer, they have an article based on some secret sauce stuff [a memo], that Intel has no intention of ever using Vista.The mighty chip maker it alleges has no inclination on using a broken OS. That has gotta hurt the boys up in Redmond. It also states that:

When a company as tech savvy as Intel, with full source code access and having written several large chunks of the OS, says get stuffed, you know you have a problem. Well, everyone knows MS has a problem, but it is nice to see it codified in such a black and white way though. Reassuring, like a warm cup of tea, or a public kick to the corporate crown jewels.

The real question is what are they going to use? The official answer is ‘nothing yet’, the one where they try not to offend is ‘likely Windows 7’, delivered with a pained smile. Since that is shaping up to be Me II SP1a, I am not sure Intel will bite there either unless they suddenly develop a GPU that can run it in that time frame.

And then this:

In the end, you have Intel flipping MS the bird, and telling them what they already know, Vista in undeployable by anyone with a grain of common sense. The impressive thing is that it just might lead to a waving off of MS entirely, they are the underdog for the next round of upgrades.

OUCH! That has to sting as well. I thought Intel and Microsoft were good buds.

Andrian Kingsley-Hughes has a different take on Vista. He now believe that Vista is ready for prime time. With SP1 and the latest fixes & patches that Microsoft has pumped out, that Vista is finally a …….. well here is what he says:

It’s my believe that Windows Vista is about as stable and reliable as
it’s going to be, and in my experience, Vista is as robust as XP, if
not more so. Yes, it took time (maybe more time than it should) but the
reliability is now there.

If Vista is as stable and reliable as XP is, than why is Intel reluctant to employ it?

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Inquirer source.

Adrian Kingleys-Hughes source.

Microsoft Will Help Deliver A Better Linux – So Says Linspire CEO

I must admit when I read the title of a recent newsletter by CEO and President of Linspire, Kevin Carmony, I was somewhat surprised. He even states in his newsletter that some readers may be shocked by the title ‘Microsoft Will Help Deliver A Better Linux’. OK. So this is what he says:

The title of this week’s Linspire Letter will perhaps surprise many of you, but I can assure you, it’s quite true. Let me explain…

As most of you know, Linspire has a long tradition of working with hundreds of software developers and vendors, both opensource and commercial, in order to bringas many choices as possibleto our users. For example, in our efforts to provide a “better” Linux, earlier this year we announced our partnership with Ubuntu, leveraging their exceptional work with open source Linux. We have also entered into agreements with dozens of commercial companies to offer our users choices with proprietary software, codecs and drivers. Linspire has always offered as many choices as possible, and then we let the user decide which software options are right for them.

Today, Linspire announced our latest partnership, one with Microsoft, to bring even more choices to desktop Linux users, and together, offer a “better” Linux experience. Just as Steve Jobs announced in 1997 that “the era of setting this up as a competition between Apple and Microsoft is over,” I too believe it’s time for Linux to do the same. Rather than isolating Linux, I believe we need to understand, as Apple did in 1997, that Linux exists in an ecosystem and must work with and interoperate within that ecosystem. As unpopular as it may appear to some, Linspire is willing to take a lead in this effort. Some people booed Steve Jobs back in 1997, but if you trace the history of his announcement, I think it was an incredibly smart move for both Microsoft and Apple, issuing in a new era for both.

Though I respect Mr. Carmonys view point, it seems to me that this is like putting the cat in with the canary. When we were kids we all knew the kid who loved to throw sand in other peoples faces while playing in the sandbox. Microsoft reminds me of that kid. Though Apple and Linux may want to play well with others, MS doesn’t have a reputation of doing this. I wish Lispire well in their venture. But I personally do not think this will benefit Linspire but Microsoft will reap the benefits for years to come.

What do you think? Will this relationship work?

Comments welcome.

[tags]linspire, microsoft, ubuntu, carmony, relationship,  [/tags]

Complete article here.

Google Calendar – The Gateway PIM

He uses a Linux notebook, she prefers the Apple iBook. They both utilize Google Calendar to keep their days straight throughout an otherwise hectic lifestyle.

It’s great, seems like only yesterday my girlfriend balked at the very idea of using PIM (personal information manager) of any kind. Then recently I asked her to create a Google Calendar so that I could receive SMS alerts to her work schedule changes.

You know something, considering that I am not really a fan of many things that Google does, I have to admit that its calendar is a smooth way to sneak someone into the world of PIM usage. In short, I think that she is totally hooked. And something else that has struck me on a positive note with Google Calendar is the fact that I can stay up to date on whatever is happening in my girlfriend’s life, all from the same calender.

Look, it’s not like I am saying that using a PIM to keep track of your significant other’s day is the best way to keep your relationship on track. But it sure beats the heck out of trying to run around looking up everyone’s schedules on some random sticky-notes, that’s for sure. Google Calendar – who would have thought?
[tags]Google Calendar, sticky-notes, relationship, personal information manager, PIM[/tags]

What's Love Got to Do with It?

I’m a nice guy – really. A little silly at times, but at heart – I’m a nice guy. Ponzi packed most of our clothes for the trip to Vancouver. In her race to stuff at least 60lbs of random junk into the suitcase, she forgot to pack a change of underwear. This discovery was made yesterday morning, and she wasn’t sure what to do. I stepped up to the plate and offered a pair of my boxer briefs, knowing full well that I wouldn’t have a change of underwear for the next day. My Green Lantern Underoos fit her well enough – and she was able to purchase new underwear for herself after lunch (although they were out of Wonder Woman Underoos at the store). This begs the question: what underwear am I wearing today (if any)?

And just in case I don’t have time (or I forget), I’ve gotta tell you about our two mornings at the Hampton Inn. You know they have a free continental breakfast? Yesterday, I thought I would help us get a head start by aquiring comestibles whilst Ponzi was applying her face (though she looks just as beautiful without it, truly). As a diligent person would do, I asked her what she might want. “You know what I like” was the response I received. Fair enough. I’d have to grab everything I found in the hopes that she’d like one or two of the items. So, this morning, when we were ready to check out and take our suitcase to the car, it was her turn to get the foods. Unlike Ponzi, I told her exactly what I wanted – and underscored it as we were leaving the room, so as not to introduce frustration when she arrived at the breakfast bar. I asked for a bagel with four cream cheeses (the packets are very small). She got mad at me at that point – my clarification for understanding was completely misinterpreted. No matter, she knew what I wanted and wasn’t forced to play the “you know what I want” game (which oh-so-many men fail).
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