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Researchers Claim To Be Able To Determine Political Leaning By How Messy You Are Screenshot-sm 592

According to a study to be published in The Journal of Political Psychology, you can tell someone's political affiliation by looking at the condition of their offices and bedrooms. Conservatives tend to be neat and liberals love a mess. Researchers found that the bedrooms and offices of liberals tend to be colorful and full of books about travel, ethnicity, feminism and music, along with music CDs covering folk, classic and modern rock, as well as art supplies, movie tickets and travel memorabilia. Their conservative contemporaries, on the other hand, tend to surround themselves with calendars, postage stamps, laundry baskets, irons and sewing materials. Their bedrooms and offices are well lit and decorated with sports paraphernalia and flags — especially American ones. Sam Gosling, an associate professor of psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, says these room cues are "behavioral residue." The findings are just the latest in a series of recent attempts to unearth politics in personality, the brain and DNA. I, for one, support a woman's right to clean.

20 Hours a Month Reading Privacy Policies 161

Barence sends word of research out of Carnegie Mellon University calling for changes in the way Web sites present privacy policies. The researchers, one of whom is an EFF board member, calculated how long it would take the average user to read through the privacy policies of the sites visited in a year. The answer: 200 hours, at a hypothetical cost to the US economy of $365 billion, more than half the financial bailout package. Every year. The researchers propose that, if the industry can't make privacy policies easier to read or skim, then federal intervention may be needed. This resulted in the predictable cry of outrage from online executives. Here's the study (PDF).

Submission + - What Movie Technology Do You Yearn For?

An anonymous reader writes: is running a great feature about movie technology it wants made now, including light cycles from Tron, the Transporter from Star Trek and the hoverboard from Back to The Future Part II. "Watching Michael J Fox ride a hoverboard in Back to The Future Part II inspired a whole generation. It's 'supposed' to come to market in 2015 and we sincerely hope it does, because the Segway just doesn't do it for us." If you could choose any movie technology to become a reality, what would it be and why?

There is very little future in being right when your boss is wrong.