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Comment Re:Little Confused (Score 3, Informative) 269

If you read the actual this press release describes ( http://arxiv.org/abs/1007.2327v2 ), it explains that the "Top Publishers" usually try to promote the URLs of their own websites. This can be done by adding the URL to the filenames in the torrents (such as HarryPotter-slashdot.org.avi ) or in the metadata on the portal. The publisher makes profit from ads or subscriptions to the site they own, not from ads on the indexing sites.

The 100 p2p users basically refers to 100 unique IPs that were responsible for creating and initially seeding the torrents; they aren't necessarily related to the people who actually first provide the content.

They acknowledge that some of the publishers were altruistic people who published legitimate files without trying to promote other sites, but these individuals were less prolific than the ones promoting other sites or distributing fake content.

It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - Dutch Man Builds Ark

Shifty Jim writes: "Johan Huibers, a Dutch creationist and contractor, has built a full-sized biblical ark in Schagen, Netherlands. From the article:
"Reckoning by the old biblical measurements, Johan's fully functional ark is 150 cubits long, 30 cubits high and 20 cubits wide. That's two-thirds the length of a football field and as high as a three-story house. Life-size models of giraffes, elephants, lions, crocodiles, zebras, bison and other animals greet visitors as they arrive in the main hold."
Designed by his wife and built mostly by Johan himself using modern tools, construction on the ark began in May 2005. Now he's just keeping his eyes peeled for some serious precipitation."

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