Summer Reruns For Tech Stories?

from the haven't-we-read-this-before? dept

Summer time is when things are supposed to slow down. People go on vacation (or skip work to go to the beach) and television goes into summer reruns. Of course, we didn't realize that tech news had the opportunity to go into summer reruns as well -- but apparently it happens (hey, we're likely to be guilty of it as well sometimes). Two separate stories recently hit the wires that are likely to get some attention for their "going against conventional wisdom" storylines. First, a study claiming that women dig technology more than diamonds (and shoes). The other one is that, for all the moaning about how email is killing the Post Office, the internet is actually helping to save the USPS thanks to all that e-commerce shopping that requires physical goods to be shipped places. Both stories are interesting, and fun reads... but both have been written before. It's been nearly four years since we first spotted a chicks dig gadgets more than diamonds story, though at least this one is based on what appears to be a new (if repetitive) study. However, it was just a year ago that we wrote about the internet saving the Post Office -- and both of those pieces originated from the NY Times. There's nothing wrong with these new versions of the story, though it doesn't seem like either one adds much new from the older articles. However, if the story's been written before, is it really accurate to position either one as going "against conventional wisdom?"


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    Chicks are Dumb, Incl. Me, Aug 2nd, 2006 @ 3:30am

    Mike is FUNNY!

    I like his sense of humor.

    The study was done by OXYGEN. Another example of how we women conduct faulty studies, and men who place themselves in a female environment in hopes of getting laid.

    They all want diamonds, those liars. They don't care about the diamond cartel. They just want to impress anything, even an anonymous survey.

    Not all women.

     

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    Alpharocker, Aug 2nd, 2006 @ 4:10am

    *EVERYONE IS GUILTY

    Top 2 stories on slashdot this morning:
    Internet Usage Boosts Post Office Revenue
    Tech Replaces Diamonds As Girl's Best Friend
    Summertiiiiime, and writing tech news is eeeeeasyyyyyyy.

     

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    Q, Aug 2nd, 2006 @ 7:03am

    The survey about women is dumb.

    I'm sorry, but the survey that says women want more 'tech' stuff is dumb.

    The one survey, asked 1,400 women and 700 men. If this is a survey about women and tech gadgets, why are the asking men? It's a known fact that men know nothing about women. Hell, women don't know anything about women.

    I liked this line a lot: The study found over the next five years women see themselves increasing their activities in six tech areas: digital cameras, cell phones, e-mail, camera phones, text messaging and instant messaging.

    Oh wow, I bet a large majority of the worlds population will be increasing their activities in the same way. GG.

    This is just trying to make women seem smarter in the 'tech' world then they really are.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 2nd, 2006 @ 7:38am

    so I dont have to get my girlfriend a diamond ring, just an ipod? shipped by USPS?

     

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    Riddelin, Aug 2nd, 2006 @ 7:57am

    How many Anonymous Cowards are there? At first I thought it was always the same person, but now I'm not sure.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 2nd, 2006 @ 8:43am

    its anyone that doens't type in a name

     

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    Sanguine Dream, Aug 2nd, 2006 @ 8:51am

    Re: The survey about women is dumb.


    I liked this line a lot: The study found over the next five years women see themselves increasing their activities in six tech areas: digital cameras, cell phones, e-mail, camera phones, text messaging and instant messaging.


    Someone had to conduct a study to figure out women like to talk and take pictures? Was this study done by men or women?

    It's lull in tech news. No big deal. When you focus on just facet of the news there will be lulls. In time flat we will b arguing over telcos, the hypocricy of big business and government, and file sharing all over again.

     

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    Celes, Aug 2nd, 2006 @ 9:05am

    Re:

    I would've gotten engaged if my now-husband had offered me an iPod.

    I'm not sure about the shipping, though... proposals seem to be one of those things better done in person. ^_^

     

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    Whatever he said, Aug 2nd, 2006 @ 10:01am

    diamonds or ipods...

    Any woman who won't marry without a diamond isn't worth it. Why do they want it? So they have something valuable to pawn when they dump your ass for some guy who can buy a bigger one. Or maybe they just want to brag about all the little african kids who died mining it. Take your pick.

     

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    loikll, Aug 2nd, 2006 @ 2:50pm

    Of course women use "technology devices" (wonder what their definition inlcudes - Toasters? Curling Irons?). Women don't live in caves after all. Congrats Oxygen.

    They just don't do so until after men have created them and have been using them for awhile. Because, you know, it's men that invent things.

     

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    Maneesha, Aug 2nd, 2006 @ 11:07pm

    No ways!

    I challenge anybody worth his true salt doing this piece of research! Instead of quasi-intellectualizing & asking whether you would take a D necklace or a Plasma TV, put the things in front of women and then let’s see. (FYI - I am a woman too!)

    Owning and desiring are two different ball games all together.

     

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