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Comment Re:I don't think so (Score 1) 194

Good point, I think that boomers (and niche sites that sell for pennies / give stuff away) are the long tail, and that is absent from classic retailers - even Amazon.

There is a good point about how Amazon do have a lot of stuff that just doesn't sell at all though. People still flock to what is popular, basically.

Comment Re:Clueless (Score 1) 194

I'm not sure. I think that what it is saying is that, rather than being able to sell low volumes of stuff that you couldn't sell before, in fact you can't. You'll actually just sell a bit more of the stuff you sold very low volumes (or you didn't stock) before, but there's no magic new stuff that sells at low volume on the net.

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Submission + - The Long Tail isn't longer than it was before (newscientist.com)

fruey writes: "Apparently the Long Tail theory does not hold up to statistical analysis of internet buying.

The tail is indeed getting longer, but isn't growing fat with choice. Instead it is getting both flatter and thinner, filled with ever more products that sell few or no copies.

You are still likely to download and to buy what your peers are into, because of the Harry Potter effect."

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Submission + - Free the fonts!

An anonymous reader writes: Web pages are limited to using a few fonts issued by Microsoft a decade ago — this is Microsoft's forgotten monopoly. CSS describes how to link to font files from web pages, but no browser support this for common TrueType files. In an article on Alistapart Håkon Wium Lie, the father of CSS, argues that the time is right for web fonts. Truetype files are freely available, the TrueType format is universally supported, and the first implemenatation (Prince) has arrived. Demos provided.

Submission + - Why is shopping for a cell phone so horrible? 1

botkiller writes: "In shopping around for a new cell phone plan, I'm finding how incredibly painful the process of cell phone shopping truly is. Cell companies all have convoluted data plans, no clear explanation of what you get with any type of plan, and on top of this, are actually charging instant messaging per message, as if it's text messaging! Is there any way to shop for a smartphone and plan out there that doesn't kill my wallet and make me rip my hair out?"

Submission + - Finding someone using Social Networking (blobfisk.com)

BlobFisk writes: "A memory card was found in Portugal filled with photos. These were not your normal holiday snaps, they looked like photos for a stop motion animation film or an art project. An experiment was begun to see if the owner of the memory card could be found (and reunited with his/her lost property) using the power of social networkings. So, the story was submitted to Digg and quickly made the home page and generated lots of discussion. Can the owner be found this way? Can Digg and other types of online story sharing generated enough momentum to find someone with no further clues other than a country and two example photos from the card?"
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Submission + - Wireless networks self-nterference hits bandwidth

RockDoctor writes: In what may come as an unwelcome shock to people at the "cutting edge" of kewl technology (also known as the "bleeding edge", for reasons that will become obvious), Network Computing is carrying a report on the problems of interference between overlapping wireless networks. It came as no surprise to me to discover that (FTFA) a wireless manufacturer who I had never heard of suffered a 50% degradation in performance when working overlapped with a wireless network from market leader Cisco. It also came as no surprise to hear that the performance of the market leader [quote]cratered[quote]. I don't know the ins and outs of the technical aspects of bandwidth contention algorithms, or if one or other contender is adhering to or deviating from the standards. But since I ran the apartment with CAT5 cable about 5 years ago, I can't say that I particularly care either. Certainly, this degree of clashing and conflict between different hardware and software vendors is no surprise. Wireless may have benefits in some circumstances, but it's certainly not the universal solution some vendors would have customers think.

Submission + - Earth Bacteria Hitch A Ride To The Stars

An anonymous reader writes: Space.com has an article on how old rocket stages are carrying bacteria from Earth to interstellar space. The four upper rocket stages were used to boost deep space probes Voyager 1, Voyager 2, Pioneer 10 and New Horizons. The spacecraft were sterilized, but the rocket stages were not, and they now carry the bacteria of the engineers who handled them. If the rocket stages hit a habitable planet, and the bacteria survive the journey, they would be able to reproduce and colonize the planet.

Submission + - BBC White Paper Claims HD Over Freeview

Kelten Miynos writes: According to CNet, the BBC have written a white paper in which they claim it's possible to double the available Freeview TV bandwidth by using some clever technologies. "Doubling the space would mean we could easily have HD channels on Freeview, although everyone would need to buy a new receiver and aerial to pick them up. The key to all this is something called MIMO, which stands for multiple-input multiple-output. MIMO works using two transmitters, and two receivers. The two transmitters mean the two sets of data — sent on the same frequency — will arrive at the receivers at different times. Different arrival times are what allow the receiver to differentiate between the two separate signals and subsequently decode them."

Submission + - Solar powered car attempts to break record

Snowdon writes: "Jaycar Sunswift III today started on its 4000km across the Australian outback, in an attempt to beat the 8.5 day record from Perth to Sydney. The team expects to complete the journey in 6 days, depending on the weather. It is a seriously innovative machine, with the aerodynamic design iteratively optimised on 80 CS lab computers over three months, custom-built carbon-fibre wheels, chassis, suspension and steering components, and custom-built power electronics and telemetry/control systems (components of which presently use Linux, but will soon run Iguana/Wombat). It is the result of several years' work by both undergraduate and postgraduate students at UNSW. Keep track of the team's progress by visiting www.sunswift.com."

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