The 404 662: Where dude, where's my remote fart app? (podcast)

Today we're talking about which dance moves attract the most women, the REAL stuff white people like according to OKCupid, and Apple's new App Store guidelines!


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Since Jeff is obligated to stay away from technology today, we're inviting fan favorites Molly Wood and Caroline McCarthy to fill in, which means today's show is exceptionally positive and hate-free! But first, a segment on actual tech news, which I believe is a first for our show.

In a statement issued Thursday morning, Apple says they've taken developer feedback to heart and relaxed restrictions placed on applications allowed in their App Store. The new review guidelines address user privacy, duplicated applications, offensive content, and the growing number of fart apps--seriously, they explicitly say "no more fart apps."

The guidelines even go so far as to quote a Supreme Court Justice in response to what constitutes crossing the line--Apple says "you'll know it when you see it." Clearly Steve Jobs doesn't listen to The 404 Podcast.

Until now, Apple has been nebulous about what is acceptable and what is not. According to Apple, about 90 percent of rejected apps are due to technical issues and bugs and 10 percent are turned away due to privacy breaches and inappropriate content--hence the statement re: fart apps.

Alternatively, if you don't want Apple vetting what apps you run on your phone, we recommending checking out Google Android smartphones that let you run all the fart apps your heart desires.

Hey, dudes, if you ever doubted the science behind good dance moves, researchers and psychologists at Northumbria University in the U.K. just issued a study using 3D motion capture to map the rhythmic dancing of 19 sorry volunteers.

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The results of the study were shown to 35 women to determine the sexual attraction associated to eight specific body movements including the neck, trunk, left shoulder, left wrist, and the speed of movement in the right knee. They also generated two videos to illustrate good dancing and bad dancing.

According to their findings, the good doctor believes that the majority of good dance qualities were influenced the most by various movements in the neck and trunk section of the male body. In other words: don't be a stiff dancer; fluid movements and confidence seem to be the No. 1 attraction according to Molly and Caroline, and as it turns out, Wilson and I obviously have a lot to learn!

Finally, we turn our attention to the real stuff white people like, at least according to data aggregated from profile information on the popular online dating site OKCupid.com. We should note that this information is based on 526,000 randomly selected OkCupid users and absolutely does not reflect our personal opinions.

That said, the study presents compelling information about both sexes and their respective ethnicities. For example, white women tend to lean toward escapist hobbies like bonfires, boating, horseback riding, and thunderstorms, despite living in largely metropolitan cities. In contrast, Asian men typically choose "simple" as an accurate self-description and specifically state their exact country of origin, as opposed to just writing "Asian." Not surprisingly, Asian men also list "software developer," "mechanical engineer," and "surfing the Net" as common hobbies. Guilty as charged, I suppose.

Tune in to hear the rest of OkCupid's observations, with some of our own thrown in for good measure. And our apologies to everyone that got a "voice mail full" message yesterday--the line is cleared, so feel free to leave us a voice mail at 1-866-404-CNET (2638) for a chance to make it on our show!

Episode 662

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