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Submission + - THE financial crisis has claimed another victim — POLE DANCERS. (

An anonymous reader writes: There has been a dramatic slump in the acrobatic quality of the lithe ladies who populate clubs across the country as a result of venues trying to keep revenues up.

Pole dancers are self-employed and pay club bosses for the chance to perform — and make a healthy profit.

And clubs desperate for cash have lowered the bar, giving women the chance to dance regardless of expertise.

Industry veterans are angry about the trend.

One said: “You'd see a girl who wasn't very pretty, couldn't dance, had a c*** outfit making a lot more money than you because she was there to make money, not to enjoy herself and be creative.”

Sociologists Teela Sanders and Kate Hardy, from the University of Leeds, found standards had plummeted since the financial crisis in 2008.

Dr Sanders, whose team surveyed 200 dancers, said some have “never even used a pole”.

She said: “There's been a real change. The aesthetics of the dancers has overtaken, as well as the skills of flirting and chatting."


Submission + - Google's Starcraft-Inspired Easter Egg Game Is Actually Fun (

casac8 writes: "Google's latest Easter egg is a pretty fun game based on the dominating "Zerg Rush" strategy many of us know and fear from Starcraft. Basically, the Easter egg takes over your screen and you have to fight hundred of little O's in order to save your search results. And if you lose, there's a big surprise at the end, which only true Starcraft fans will really understand, but everyone can appreciate. This article has the details:"

Submission + - IT Not Included In Rapture (

An anonymous reader writes: Uni Prof post FAQ for students Re: The Rapture.
Q: If my computer crashes and my printer breaks and there is no email on account of the rapture, will I be able to get an extension on the paper?
A: Everyone in tech and IT departments is of Satan’s party, so the internet, your computer, and your printer should continue to work the way they always have: sporadically.


Submission + - Android beats Blackberry to become the most used O (

vinujadhv writes: "Android is now officially the most used smartphone operating system in America. The growth of this platform is really stunning considering that it didn’t even exist about 27 months ago. Our sources say that about 31.2% or one third users in US were using Android OS in the month of January. This is more than 30.4% of the US smartphone users who were using BlackBerry devices made by RIM or Research in Motion, in January."

Submission + - China Defends its IP Practices: We Paid Up (

hackingbear writes: Countering accusations that China's high-speed rail technologies are knock-offs, the head of China's Intellectual Property Administration said in a conference (Google translate; the original is here) that "We bought technologies from German, Japan, France, and Canada. We paid up. It is perfectly legal. We then innovate on top of them like most other inventions in the world. Why is that pirating?" He cited China's ability, the world's first, to build high speed in (high) mountain area as an example of the additional innovations.
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Submission + - EA's Medal of Honor as Taliban Recruiting Tool? (

donniebaseball23 writes: There's been a boatload of controversy surrounding EA's pending Medal of Honor reboot. The game's multiplayer mode will enable gamers to take the side of the Taliban if they choose and fight against U.S. military. EA CEO John Riccitiello has blamed the media for making a bigger deal out of this situation than it really is, but GameStop won't be selling Medal of Honor at any stores located on military bases because of the game's sensitive subject matter. And now IndustryGamers has just heard from one of the members of the military's Special Operations Forces (the very group depicted in EA's game) who's a bit concerned that the Taliban could use Medal of Honor to its advantage.

In a special feature gauging the reaction of Special Ops Forces, the solider by the name of Justin said, "The Taliban will use this game as a recruiting tool. If you are thinking about a reason to hate this game, I just gave you the only reason that makes sense to me. Every time they make the news for claiming a bomb or whatnot, even if they didn’t do it, you are giving the Taliban un-needed press. Adding them to this game is a small victory for them as they are now recognized as a legitimate fighting force."


Apple To Issue a 'Fix' For iPhone 4 Reception Perception 534

Lisandro and several other readers let us know that Apple has just released a statement addressing the signal issues a lot of users are having with their iPhone 4. They claim to have discovered the cause for the drop in bars, which is "both simple and surprising" — a wrong formula used to calculate how many bars are displayed for a given signal strength. "Upon investigation, we were stunned to find that the formula we use to calculate how many bars of signal strength to display is totally wrong. ... we sometimes display 4 bars when we should be displaying as few as 2 bars. Users observing a drop of several bars when they grip their iPhone in a certain way are most likely in an area with very weak signal strength, but they don’t know it because we are erroneously displaying 4 or 5 bars. Their big drop in bars is because their high bars were never real in the first place. ... We will issue a free software update within a few weeks that incorporates the corrected formula. Since this mistake has been present since the original iPhone, this software update will also be available for the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 3G." Wired notes that there is still a signal drop when the iPhone 4 is gripped in particular ways.

Submission + - Buy Bad Code Offsets (

j1mmy writes: If carbon credits aren't your thing, but open source is, consider buying "bad code offsets". The proceeds fund various open-source projects such as PostgreSQL, Apache, and jQuery.

"Dead" Facebook User Gets Better Screenshot-sm 14

Two9A writes "With the recent introduction of memorial accounts on Facebook, the potential arises for hilarity and abuse. Simon Thulbourn's Facebook page has been marked as 'in memorial' on the word of a report submitted by one of his friends; unfortunately, the closest the report gets to Simon is that the funeral service in question was officiated by 'Revd. Simon Thorburn,' which seems to be enough for Facebook to mark an unrelated user's profile as dead. Questions have previously been raised about the standard of proof required by Facebook for this service; it seems that those questions were pertinent, if the lax attention paid to these reports by Facebook staff continues."

Schwarzenegger Flips Off Lawmakers 5

An anonymous reader writes "Here is something for idle to chew on. California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is ticked off. He’s tired of signing bills that don’t address the pet causes he deems important. So when another unworthy bill crossed his desk recently for signing — addressing funding issues for the Port of San Francisco — the guv vetoed it and sent lawmakers a little note saying why. Only the note said a little more than lawmakers were expecting. A shortcut to the letter supposedly sent by the Govenator can be found here. If you are still stumped, this should clear it up. I have to admit, I never expected him to be this clever."

Submission + - US woman sends over $400K to scammers (

wiedzmin writes: Anybody who has an email account is familiar with the "Nigerian" scam emails, promising you "guaranteed" millions of dollars in return for a "small payment"... Bruce Schneier posts in his blog a story published by TimesOnline about an Oregon woman that has accumulated a huge debt in order to send over $400,000 to scammers. After taking out a mortgage on the family home and a lien out on the family car to continue sending the payments, she still "doesn't think she's a sucker or an easy mark". Perhaps there is a kind soul out there that will help her eliminate her debt... for a small payment :)

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