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I'd heard of Benford's Law before, but it was a timely reminder. There are quite a few banks of data that it would be good to test, not least open source community download/member/commit stats...
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It's common to assume that Russia or China must be the source of most spam, but it continues to be the dubious distinction of the United States to saturate the world's in-boxes with detritus. If they'd put as much effort into stemming spamming and scamming as thay have into getting us all to sell our rights down the river at ACTA we'd all be in much better shape.
This link recently saved by webmink on April 29, 2010
While all industry consortium figures need to be treated with scepticism, it's good to see the technology industry fighting back against the well-funded astroturfing of statistics by the media lobby. This report from CCIA is of course funded by vested interests too but it puts on the table the idea that it's not "music & movie professionals versus pirate thief scum kids" as the media lobby has been framing it, but rather "niche media market vs much larger and more diverse 'fair use economy'".
This link recently saved by webmink on April 14, 2010
Good to see this fact, which many of us have known for ages, finally showing up officially. Of course, the ACTA folks (like the DeBill people) will carry on acting as if the opposite is true and acting to "protect the creative industry". But that's because they are representative only of industry stakeholders and not of the commons and the really important stakeholder that benefits from it - us.
This link recently saved by webmink on March 17, 2010
Carlo's useful first attempt to use the available data to try to discern the effects of choice of license on open source projects. Of course, what we really need is a multi-factor scorecard rather than this license fixation, but it's the best we have right now.