[d@DCC] Toronto Sun article...
Chris_Brand at spectrumsignal.com
Thu Apr 15 13:30:34 EDT 2004
Russell wrote :
>Look at the power that the BSA and CAAST have with their so-called
>methodology includes all the machines I have that are FLOSS based (no
>BSA/CAAST member software) as "piracy".
Actually, Russell, although you keep repeating this, I don't believe
that it is actually true. :-)
When I looked at their last report (the one relating piracy levels to
GDP), I'm pretty sure there was something in there where they allowed
for machines running free software.
(Disclaimer - it was a few months ago, and I haven't checked recently)
I'd be happy to be proved wrong, though.
The big fallacy in that one was that while their statistics arguably
"proved" a correlation between piracy rate and GDP, they went on to
assume that the correlation was because a lower piracy rate improved
GDP - with no evidence at all. It is equally possible that a higher
GDP reduces piracy or that something else causes both.
(Another disclaimer - the last time I studied stats was over 10 years
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