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Submission + - Overestimates of the cost of illegal downloading (guardian.co.uk)

fruey writes: "Ben Goldacre, well known for lambasting bad science, looks at figures from a recent article in Britain's most read daily newspaper, the Sun.

MORE than 7 million Brits use illegal downloading sites that cost the economy billions of pounds, government advisers said today. Researchers found more than a million people using a download site in ONE day and estimated that in a year they would use £120bn worth of material

If you make up grossly exaggerated figures — "that's £175 a week or £8,750 a year potentially not being spent by millions of people. Is this really lost revenue for the economy?" — how can you then be taken seriously about the impact of illegal downloading? And when will people just accept that you can't put a price on lost revenue for intangible goods?"

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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.

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