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Japanese Filmcrew Busted Shooting Porno In MickeyD’s!

In News on April 29, 2008 at 8:29 am

pic: miss mcdonald’s journal

Only in Japan…I really cannot see why anyone would find this sort of thing an erotic turn on.  Special sauce and Upsize jokes abound! Mainichi Daily News reports:

McDonald’s customers suspected something amiss when one guy pulled out his whopper. They knew for sure when he began partaking of fur burger. The upshot was four people trying to make an adult movie in a fast food outlet ended up getting arrested, says Friday (5/2).

Arrested in the case earlier this month for indecent exposure and obstruction of business were Kunikazu Ishii, 52, the director, Nahoko Shimada, 21, an actress and dental nurse, and actors Yuya Ochiai, 29, and Makoto Nishizumi.

Saitama Prefectural Police say the four spent about 30 minutes one afternoon in January this year filming an adult movie in the McDonald’s Higashi Matsuyama Itoyokado outlet in Higashi Matsuyama, Saitama Prefecture. They were allegedly caught after another customer called the police and told cops what was supposedly going on.

“(Shimada) came into the restaurant holding hands with Ochiai. But Ochiai didn’t look the type good enough to pick up a woman like her, so I thought something fishy was going on,” a customer in the store at the time of the incident tells Friday. “It was even more suspicious because there was one young woman surrounded by all those much older guys.”

The group apparently took up a corner counter not easily visible to serving staff and went about their purportedly pornographic proclivities.

Ochiai apparently spent the time with his hands up Shimada’s skirt as he displayed his deft handiwork, Ishii did the filming and Nishizumi acted as a barrier and barked out orders to participants — so the cops say, anyway.

The reporter, Ryann Connell, though digs deeper, and gives us all some insight into the hard circumstances of a burgeoning Japan AV starlet’s life.

“Putting the actress’s wages aside, 10 years ago most cheap adult movies had a budget of about 1 million yen, but now that figure is more likely to be 500,000 yen or, in really bad cases, only around 300,000 yen. If you’ve only got 300,000 yen to work with, there’ll be no room to book a studio or hotel room once you’ve rented the filming equipment and paid the guys’ wages. So that’s probably why they filmed in the fast food restaurant.”

Most adult movie actresses are usually the highest paid workers on each flick. Though that was likely to have been the case with this movie, too, starlet Shimada was hardly likely to have been raking in big bucks (at least in cash terms).

“Women acting in these cheap adult flicks usually get paid around 70,000 yen per movie, but some may only get as little as 20,000 yen. Nearly all the women who act in these kinds of movies have a real job and do it as a sideline. There are nurses, stage actresses and members of the Self-Defense Forces,” the associate tells Friday.

“Shimada’s main job was a dental nurse. She only started appearing in a few adult movies from December last year, so she’s basically a complete amateur. Now she’s been arrested, her chosen part-time profession has ended up costing her quite a lot.”

FYI RM1.00 = JPY 33.00 (approx.)  Still more than most people get.

Hackers Target Firefox and Safari. Is IE Safer? Cripes.

In News, Online on April 28, 2008 at 5:39 am

(Pic from Woodsy)

As more users latch on to Firefox and dump IE, it’s not surprising to hear that hackers are increasing their attacks into these alternative browsers. According to a report in the Washington Post, there were more bugs to be patched in Firefox and Safari in April compared to IE, which had none.

Still though, I’d stick to my trusty open-source browser–Firefox 3.0 is on the horizon, and the open-source community is pretty fast at patching these holes compared to Microsoft. Either way, it looks like the love-hate relationship I have with Java Script continues. It’s so necessary, yet can be so evil. Like Mogwais. Except Mogwais aren’t necessary, and this Mogwai-Java analogy sucks.

From The Washington Post:

Many people are switching from Internet Explorer to alternative browsers such as Firefox and Safari. Though that might make them feel more secure, the shift has also opened new doors for bad guys.

Case in point: We have no IE bugs to report this month, but both Firefox and Safari have been hit hard.

So forget the idea that just because you’ve switched to a new browser, you’re magically safer. You may be for a time, but to stay safe with any software, you need to keep current with fixes.

In a somewhat dubious recognition of Firefox’s growing popularity, hackers have focused their attention on it, leading to a rash of newly discovered holes. The folks at Mozilla recently released two Firefox updates in less than six weeks, fixing a total of five critical security vulnerabilities. All five can be exploited by planting a poisoned JavaScript file in a Web site and waiting for you to stumble across it.

Gin, Sitcoms, And The Media Revolution

In Online on April 28, 2008 at 4:25 am

(Pic from lusi)

Leo Laporte’s Twitter feed came in handy last week when he posted Clay Shirky’s speech that he gave at the Web 2.0 Conference at April 23. Clay’s another intelligent writer who’s into the social media revolution, and recently came up with his book, Here Comes Everybody. It describes how the internet has created a collective conscience and “organising without organisation”–a catchphrase to sum up how people are coming together without the help of big companies and concerted efforts.

You can hear an interview with him describing the book on IT Conversations–he can come off as a little too enthusiastic to me about the power of social networking, but I’ll leave it up to you to decide.

Here’s an excerpt from his Web 2.0 speech:

I was recently reminded of some reading I did in college, way back in the last century, by a British historian arguing that the critical technology, for the early phase of the industrial revolution, was gin.

The transformation from rural to urban life was so sudden, and so wrenching, that the only thing society could do to manage was to drink itself into a stupor for a generation. The stories from that era are amazing– there were gin pushcarts working their way through the streets of London. Read the rest of this entry »

Gaff Of The Day: The OGC Logo

In News on April 25, 2008 at 4:42 am

Spend $30,000 on a new logo design, unveil it in a grand fashion, and all it takes is one guy to flip the logo sideways to, erm, cock it up.

From The Telegraph:

The logo, for the Office of Government Commerce, was intended to signify a bold commitment to the body’s aim of “improving value for money by driving up standards and capability in procurement”.

Instead, it has generated howls of mirth and what is likely to be a barrage of teasing emails from mandarins in other departments.

According to insiders, the graphic was already proudly etched on mousemats and pens before it was unveiled for employees, who spotted the clanger within seconds.

Staff have apparently now stripped their office of souvenirs bearing the logo, which could appear on eBay within days.

A spokesman for OGC said: “It is true that it caused a few titters among some staff when viewed on its side, but on consideration we concluded that the effect was generic to the particular combination of the letters OGC – and it is not inappropriate to an organisation that’s looking to have a firm grip on Government spend.”

Geddit?

Malaysia: Home of The Zombie Bots

In News on April 25, 2008 at 4:06 am

Don’t read much of the papers these days, and it was only thanks to my colleagues that I picked up this interesting piece of news that Malaysia ranks as a Top 5 country when it comes to harboring Spam Zombies. “96% of computers in the country are zombie machines,” according to the survey carried out by Symantec, although I can’t shake off the suspicious nature of this scare-tactic headline.

Little details were revealed on how the survey was carried out (“The survey was carried out between July and December last year, involved Symantec setting up two million decoy e-mail accounts worldwide”) so it could be very well rigged in favour of the company. Still, it’s cause for concern.

So protect yourself and surf safe: Get yourself an AVG programme, thrash IE, and get NoScript. Oh, and to understand how Spam Bots are created, TWiT’s programme with Steve Gibson gives you a great explanation without being too techie.

From The Star:

Malaysia is one of the most prolific distributors of spam and propagators of “spam zombies” in the Asia-Pacific region, revealed a recent survey.

It ranks No 5 as a spam distributor, among 29 countries. Topping this list is the Philippines, followed by Vietnam, Sri Lanka, and Laos, according to the survey by security solutions vendor Symantec Corp.

As a propagator of zombie machines, Malaysia is No 7 on the list. Topping it is China, followed by South Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Thailand and Vietnam.

These are PCs that have been compromised by hackers and used to launch spam e-mail, or phishing messages that lure computer users to mistakenly reveal personal information such as credit card details or bank account passwords.

Kannan Velayutham, a consultant for enterprise security at Symantec Malaysia, said the survey showed that 96% of computers in the country are zombie machines.

Because Muxtape Is Just Awesome

In Online on April 25, 2008 at 3:01 am

This is what I mean when I say Twitter is awesome for picking out new trends: read a twitter thread from Veronica Belmont this morning that said: “@kevinrose i’ll see your muxtape and raise you 5 better songs than yours. http://veronica.muxtape.com/”

Through it, I discovered Muxtape, an awesome site where you can upload songs and create your own online mixtape and share with friends. Just launched late March, Muxtape is a lot like the Music Mixes app on Facebook, only much slicker looking–it’s like soooo Web 2.0, man–and so far, there’s little lag in streaming the music through. It does need a freakin’ search engine though. Navigating through it is very random at the moment, but the blog does provide a good guide to the latest music/apps being added.

You can upload up to 12 songs per page, which sounds kinda limited to me, but then again 12 is really the ideal length for most mixtapes anyway (Insert Neil Diamond reference here). Am trying it out as I blog by adding Jerome Kugan’s songs to my muxtape account (Don’t sue me Jerome!).

Wonder if Junkonline will create their own Muxtapes and share it with their readers. They so should. Oh, and in case you’re wondering where to start, Wired magazine gives you a 101 on where to start for Muxtape n00bs. My personal recommendation would be Veronica Belmont’s. Because she’s yummy.

From Wired:

Muxtape, the online mixtape creation service, has been streaming free, user-generated playlists to the masses since its launch in late March.

But for those eager to begin perusing the wares, where to begin? Liner notes and album art are nonexistent, and creator-chosen titles (like “Fat“) often shed little insight into what the playlists contain.

While aesthetically pleasing, the blocky, colorful grid of available muxtapes is no help either. Without any help navigating Muxtape’s nearly 50,000 handmade compilations, it can be a bit daunting to find the right playlist to satisfy your hungry ears.

Rest assured, mux-curious ones. We’ve painstakingly listened to hundreds of the muxology offerings to cook up this field guide to the types of muxtapes you’ll likely run into when you give the service a try.

Introducing: Tongue in Chic

In Online on April 24, 2008 at 6:26 am

I’ve been wondering when Joyce’s shopping project was going to launch, and up comes the invitation to join in the group “Tongue in Chic”, which led me to their spanking new site. Even though I’m a non-shopper (my wardrobe consists of 12 shirts, 2 pairs of jeans, and the many corporate sponsored t-shirts from press events), I’m quite impressed with what Tongue In Chic is doing by tapping into the community’s knowledge of what’s going on in town.

It’s not a new idea, but it’s something KL needs-a one-stop site where shopaholics can go to and find out where the sales are happening, the best places to shop, upcoming shopping events, etc. All that information is currently scattered among the thousands of blogs, and hopefully, Tongue in Chic will grow to be the aggregator of that information.

Congrats Joyce, Adrian, and the rest of the Freeform peeps. Looking forward to see how it progresses.

To give you a better idea on what it is, here’s Joyce to explain it to ya:

Sale.

Did that word just make you tingle or your ears perk up? If it did than you know you’re in the right hands in terms of this site. No, we’re not about sales (though it’s included too).

We’re about being fashion addicts. Eyes always a-scouting for treasures as we’re walking past a store. Inability to possess self-control when prices are slashed. Making annual pilgrimages to Bangkok for cheap vintage finds, Singapore for their legendary sales and Hong Kong to rape their stores.

With such considerable amount of time (and money) spent on appeasing our inexplainable desire to shop and style constantly, people started asking us where, what and how much. We knew some of the answers, but not all!

Oh, and they’ve got a Twitter feed as well–Brilliant! I can imagine someone twitting from a mobile saying “Major warehouse sale at Topshop. Come now!”

How Wired Keeps Relevant

In magazines on April 24, 2008 at 5:54 am

Being a geek, Wired magazine has consistently impressed me with its covers and the type of stories covered in it. In an age where everyone’s running scared of from the competition caused by the web, Wired is one of the few publications that has embraced change, integrating print and web, and using the web to popularize its brand name across the world.

This piece by Market Watch columnist Jon Friedman captures an essence to why Wired has been successful in keeping relevant to its audience–the key question that every publication needs to answer if it’s to survive the hostile world of change. Unlike other tech magazines, Wired has managed to stay on its original course by not focusing on technology, but “how technology is changing the world,” as Chris Anderson puts it.

Focusing on that goal keeps Wired open and relevant to matters regarding pop-culture, business trends, marketing, human-interest stories–everything that technology touches and affects, Wired covers it. It’s a mind-blowingly wide spectrum to choose from, but somehow Anderson has the nuance to pick and choose the right stories to cover–and that’s why he’s such a great editor.

From Market Watch:

Some pundits like to needle Wired Editor Chris Anderson about his image.

“His reputation is that he always has to be the smartest person in the room,” said Valleywag Managing Editor Owen Thomas. “And he usually is.”

I can understand why.

[…]

I especially like the way Wired always stresses originality and creativity, two increasingly hard-to-find qualities in publishing circles these days.

Many editors watch the competition closely and work in a defensive posture. Their primary motivation appears to be NOT missing a story. I wish they’d focus instead on consistently producing quality stuff — on any subject — and zigging when others are zagging. It’s all about serving the readers, and Anderson apparently feels the same way.

[…]

Wired’s image is also distinct among its sister brands at parent company Conde Nast, which publishes such titles as the New Yorker, Glamour and Portfolio.

“I can take the risks and fail in ways that our traditional brands can’t. Our customers will accommodate us,” Anderson said. “Are we the geeks of Conde Nast? Yes. Are we freaks? No.”

Serious magazine readers probably won’t strain too hard to find similarities between Wired and its role model of sorts, the Economist.

“I’m hugely influenced by the Economist’s model: big, relevant, fresh ideas,” said Anderson, who used to work there.

[…]

“You run the risk of going stale if you don’t change things.”

Anderson has been at Wired for seven years, but he is constantly evolving in his role. In 2006, Anderson wrote the well received book “The Long Tail,” which is based on one of his Wired stories on the Internet economy. “Free” will be his next book, focusing on the economics of why $0.00 is the future of business. It will be published next year.

Music 2.0 Tanks.

In News, Online on April 23, 2008 at 10:39 am

Ah, monetization–the Big Answer that still eludes Web 2.0 to this day. Following the news that eBay is going to dump Skype, another “2.0” venture is shutting down within the next couple of weeks, confirming that having tens of thousands of members doesn’t necessarily translate into any form of profit whatsoever.

Gerd Leonard’s idea to free up music while keeping it legal was noble, but it ultimately flopped–it makes me wonder if other sites that run on a similar ad-supported model like RCRDLBL will survive in the long term. As the article in the Register suggests, it was Music 2.0’s goal to be completely legal that proved to be its downfall.

From The Register:

Music’s best-known “futurist” has admitted his latest business idea has flopped and the service will close. Gerd Leonard of “Music 2.0” fame, who popularised the phrase “music flows like water”, has discovered that on the internet, revenue flows like set cement.

His company Sonific, which allows bloggers to embed a widget that plays music, will suspend its service on May 1. The founder blamed “lack of solid revenue modelling” (Translation 2.0: no income).

As a regular keynote speaker, Gerd has been telling the music business what it em>should do for years [2005 interview here], although his focus has more recently switched to telling the TV business what it should do. So we can hear a fair amount of under-the-desk chuckling at Sonific’s hiccup around the music business this evening. But this would be unfair to a generous and big-hearted guy, because Sonific’s failure should be measured against recent “successes”.

Sonific’s concept was a lovely idea, nicely implemented – and best of all, it was completely legal. And that probably sealed its fate.

“It seems that the industry’s major stakeholders still prefer this turf to remain unlicensed rather than to allow real-life, workable and market-based solutions to emerge by working with new companies such as Sonific. This is not the way forward,” wrote Gerd on the Sonific.com site.

Priest Hops On Balloon Ride, Floats Off To Sea

In News on April 23, 2008 at 10:22 am

There are some stories where you’re not sure whether to laugh out loud, or to feel really sad that someone could’ve met their demise in a rather untimely manner. Either way, I’m hoping he’s safe back home real soon.

PS: I laughed first. Then felt really guilty for it. (ah, Catholic Guilt)

From News.com.au:

A CATHOLIC priest who floated away under hundreds of helium balloons in a bid to raise money for his parish is missing off Brazil.

Only pieces of the party balloons have been found by searchers looking for Reverend Adelir Antonio de Carli off the coast of Santa Catarina state, the Associated Press reported.

Mr de Carli, 41, lifted off from the port city of Paranagua yesterday afternoon wearing a helmet, thermal suit and a parachute.

He was reported missing about eight hours later after losing contact with port authority officials, according to the treasurer of his Sao Cristovao parish, Denise Gallas.

Mr de Carli had been trying to break a 19-hour record for flying with balloons to raise money for a spiritual rest-stop for truckers in Paranagua, Brazil’s second-largest port for agricultural products.

A video of Mr de Carli posted on the G1 website of Globo TV showed the smiling 41-year-old priest slipping into a flight suit, being strapped to a seat attached to a huge column green, red, white and yellow balloons, and soaring into the air to the cheers of a crowd.

He soared to an altitude of 6000m then descended to about 2500m for his flight to the city of Dourados, 750km northwest of his parish.But winds pushed him out to sea and Mr de Carli was 50km off the coast when he last contacted Paranagua’s port authority, Ms Gallas said.

Mr de Carli had a GPS device, a satellite phone, a buoyant chair and was an experienced skydiver, she said.

“We are absolutely confident he will be found alive and well, floating somewhere in the ocean,” she said.

Here Comes Everybody: Starbucks Now Listens To Your Ideas

In News, Online on April 23, 2008 at 3:50 am

(Pic from lusi)

Thanks to the internets, consumers have never been more empowered to suggest new ideas and trash out crappy ones. Of course, none of this would have happened if corporate cultures don’t change–the CEOs, CFOs and whatever other COs are getting more receptive to the idea of bottom-up feedback and administration rather than the iron-fisted top-down rule that dominated much of the 20th century.

Starbucks–as expensive and crappy as their coffee is–has taken a leap of faith in opening up an online “suggestion” box of sorts using Salesforce. At MyStarbucksidea, registered coffee fans can now suggest new ideas in a forum-like way, while other people can vote on the idea (like digg) and weed out the stupid ideas like bringing in strippers on Tuesdays (that would be my idea). Starbucks, in return, would take a high-vote suggestion and find ways of implementing it.

Many of the ideas concerned making lines more efficient, such as one suggestion to form a separate line for those asking for “regular brews”. One suggestion that struck me was this:

I never understand why extra milk is the only difference between Vanti and grande drinks. It is expected that there should be an extra shot!!!!!! Most of people don’t even know this “secret”.

The idea is now “Under Review,” and it’s great that Starbucks takes criticisms well and tries to be honest and open about changing the way it does its business rather than defending their practices vehemently. Read the rest of this entry »

Encyclopedia Britannica Goes Online: Free For “Web Publishers”

In News on April 21, 2008 at 9:21 am

Haven’t visited TechCrunch in a while since I’ve been busy caught up in a whole lot of other stories, but this one in particular caught my attention. The Encyclopedia Britannica, a poster-child for the inefficiencies of “print vs. online” and “free vs. paid content” debate has decided to go online, giving full access to “web publishers”, a loose term to describe “bloggers, webmasters, and anyone who writes for the Internet.” Geez, Britannica, that’s A LOT OF PEOPLE.

It’ll be interesting to see how this limited-access model works–it’s not as free as Wikipedia in terms of editorial control and access (normal people have to pay $70 a year to access its content). They’re trying to have some semblance of control, but as TechCrunch alludes, Britannica would benefit by opening up their content and become the New and Trustworthy Wikipedia.

This from TechCrunch:

Encyclopedia Britannica often is used in case studies as a definitive example of how new technology can disrupt a business. Everything was great for the nearly 250 year old privately held company until the Internet came around and a Category Five hurricaned on their parade.

According to Comscore, for every page viewed on Brittanica.com, 184 pages are viewed on Wikipedia (3.8 billion v. 21 million pave views per month). In short, they are a classic example of the Innovator’s Dilemma (see also the Music Industry).

You can purchase the 32 volume Britannica, which has 65,000 articles and 44 million words, for just $1,400. Or you can access it on the web for $70 per year.

And now, you can get access to the online version for free through a new program called Britannica Webshare – provided that you are a “web publisher.” The definition of a web publisher is rather squishy: “This program is intended for people who publish with some regularity on the Internet, be they bloggers, webmasters, or writers. We reserve the right to deny participation to anyone who in our judgment doesn’t qualify.”

Basically, you sign up, tell them about your site URL and a description, and they review it and decide if you’ll get in. I wonder if Facebook, MySpace and Twitter users are eligible? They all certainly “publish with some regularity on the Internet.”

You can try and register yourself as a web-publisher here.

Official: Vista Is Imperfect, Admits Ballmer

In News on April 21, 2008 at 8:01 am

It’s taken Microsoft a while to admit to the massive failings of Windows Vista, but Steve Ballmer has finally caved in last week at the Most Valuable Professionals event in Seattle, saying that it’s “a work in progress”, among other things. It’s a big step for such a hard-ass like Ballmer–admission of failure is not something he takes lightly. Wonder how he’ll take it if he loses the Yahoo! bid?

From The Register:

Speaking at the firm’s annual Most Valuable Professionals event in Seattle yesterday, Big Steve told the gathered crowd that the unloved OS was “a work in progress”. According to reports, he also promised that Microsoft would learn from the mistakes it has made with Vista.

“It’s a very important piece of work. We did a lot of things right and have a lot of things we need to learn from,” said Ballmer. “Certainly, you never want to let five years go between releases.”

He acknowledged that “Vista is bigger than XP”, but he wasn’t referring to the popularity of the product. Instead, he was pinpointing one of the major issues many customers saddled with the product have complained about: performance.

“We have to make sure it doesn’t get bigger still and that the performance and the battery and the compatibility we’re driving on the things that we need to drive hard to improve.”

Yesterday’s admission will be seen by many as poorly timed, coming just weeks after service pack one (SP1) for Vista arrived – well, at least for some customers – in a manual form.

In mid-March Microsoft issued a staggering number of reasons as to why plenty of people would not be able to get their mitts on the service pack. Issues included a number of security products that won’t start up or run on updated desktops thanks to “compatibility problems”.

The Cost of Free News: £17m

In News on April 21, 2008 at 7:11 am

(Pic from The Guardian)

Publishing is not an easy business to be in, and anyone hoping to get into the black within the first year, or for the next four, can just forget it. It’s not a quick-profit scheme, that’s for sure; if you wanna launch a print publication this year, find yourself someone with deep pockets filled with lotsa, lotsa cash.

The news that Rupert Murdoch’s freesheet The London Paper posted losses is hardly any surprise, but it’s got a long way to go before getting back into black. The good news–if you can call it that–is that the remaining established publications in his stable are posting reduced losses, but the numbers are still staggering.

From The Guardian:

The cost of distributing nearly 1 million free evening newspapers in London was revealed yesterday as it emerged that Rupert Murdoch’s freesheet, the London Paper, lost nearly £17m in its first 10 months of publication.

Filings from other parts of Murdoch’s UK newspaper empire showed that the Times almost halved its losses last year, while the Sun and the News of the World saw turnover slip by £20m amid falling sales. According to accounts filed at Companies House, the London Paper recorded a pre-tax loss of £16.8m in the 10 months from its launch in September 2006 to the end of its financial year in June 2007.

Meanwhile, the latest accounts for Times Newspapers, the owner of the Times and Sunday Times, showed that pre-tax losses almost halved last year from £81.8m to £43.9m as the papers took a reduced hit on the cost of redundancies at its printing operations. The costs associated with laying off staff as News International spends £650m moving its printing operations to three new purpose-built plants were down from £31.3m to £6.3m.

Improved circulation revenues and a reduction in costs also contributed to the improving financial picture, while turnover was up £11.1m or 2.5% to £447.2m.

These results draw a line under a costly period for Times Newspapers in which annual losses increased fivefold from £16.3m in 2002 to more than £80m in 2006, as the company swallowed the cost of changing the Times to a tabloid and News International’s printing upgrade.

At News Group Newspapers, the publisher of the Sun and the News of the World, turnover fell by £20m to £623.3m last year as the papers suffered from falling sales and a price-cutting campaign in Scotland, which has since been extended to London and the south-east, with the result that only about 70% of the Sun’s total sale is now at the full rate of 35p.

Porn Industry Going Soft?

In News on April 21, 2008 at 6:52 am

Ah, good ol’ Porn. The Driver of Innovation. The Decider of Formats. The Recession-Proof Industry. You’d think that as more people get depressed from an economic downturn, they’d turn to some sort of comfort, but from the looks of things this year, there is no (*ahem*) hard and fast rule anymore guaranteeing the safety of the industry.

“The porn business has suddenly gone flaccid,” declared Variety last Friday, stating that DVD porn is down between 10% and 30%, depending on which sub-genre you’re looking at. As an aside, there’s another interesting trend picking up that could spell trouble for the industry: Online porn.

Like other old media industries, it seems that porn too could be very well affected with the rise of the internets. Though online porn has web hits to boast, the revenue generated is nowhere near as lucrative compared to the figures garnered from traditional methods. This sounds like a familiar problem.

There’s a lot more to glean from the article, which you can find here. Below’s an extract:

Economists are citing some dire portents of a recession these days, but they’ve missed one indicator I find especially disturbing: The porn business has suddenly gone flaccid.

The drop in porn rentals and sales is worrisome on several fronts: Till now, porn has been a recession-proof business. Further, with the country already in a dispirited mood, the fact that porn has gone limp may indicate a true plunge in consumer confidence.

DVD porn is down between 10% and 30%, depending on which nook and cranny of the business you scrutinize.

[…] Veterans of the porn trade are edgy about the downturn. A generation ago, they recall, when authorities cracked down on “Deep Throat” and closed many of the porn palaces, the country promptly fell into a serious recession. Economists attributed this setback to the ups and downs of energy prices, but porn analysts insist other sorts of fluctuations play a more urgent role in consumer confidence.