While we’re talking about the CBC…


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Alan on October 22, 2003 - 23:12 Permalink

I don’t know why it is “crazy and deluded” if it is still possibly a true story — your criticism is with methodology not results. You should stick to more accuracte languange — like “crappy and boneheaded”.

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Peter Rukavina on October 22, 2003 - 23:20 Permalink

Delude: “To lead from truth or into error; to mislead the mind or judgment of; to beguile; to impose on; to dupe; to make a fool of.” Crazy: “Characterized by weakness or feebleness; decrepit; broken; falling to decay; shaky; unsafe.” We have no way of accurately telling, short of a door-to-door search, how big or small the software piracy problem is on Prince Edward Island. To suggest otherwise — in other words to do what the CAAST is doing through its faulty research — is to seek to delude the public with broken, self-serving research. In my experience, I have found Islanders to be generally honest about software license issues, more so than my experience in other provinces; would I hold up my experience as an accurate reflection of the general situation? No. That would be crazy and deluded.

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Alan on October 22, 2003 - 23:44 Permalink

As the truth is not established we can’t be diverted by delusion you are closer with crazy. Next time I’m in province, I’ll have some St. Augustine moonshine down at the bootlegger and have a good think about what you’ve said.

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jamie on October 23, 2003 - 04:53 Permalink

Perhaps CAAST can settle this for once and for all:

Just get US NSA to give over all carnivore/crawling records and for Aliant/Eastlink/ISN to provide records of all file transactions over their networks…

I still have a perception that the majority of computers (internet linked, or not) on PEI are in gov’t offices and not in people’s homes.

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Oliver B on October 23, 2003 - 05:06 Permalink

I have no problem with “crazy and deluded.” The delusion is that the truth has been established—which is what the producers, purveyors and uncritical consumers of the study results believe. The craziness was in the formulation and application of a method that was, a priori, incapable of establishing the truth. Or for “truth” substitute “high confidence statistic.”

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Alan on October 23, 2003 - 12:55 Permalink

Well I was poking DJ P Ruk (he’s always wanted a nickname) with a stick up there but, you know, you can solve this easily with the “Reinvented Register You Licence” campaign send in your receipts for software licences back to 2000 and disprove the allegation. PEI is small enough to at least disprove statistically and probably could come near to absolute confirmation.

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Wayne on October 23, 2003 - 16:43 Permalink

Should we be (Islanders)required to prove our innocence to balance a lack of journalistic integredy caused by sensational reporting in the news? Hmm, what about innocent until proven guilty?

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Peter Rukavina on October 23, 2003 - 19:57 Permalink

Wayne says it better than I could have.

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Alan on October 23, 2003 - 20:32 Permalink

It also avoids any actual resolution and we’ll have the all the fun when we heard about next year and the year after and the year after…

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Wayne on October 23, 2003 - 20:54 Permalink

…unless someday, some idealistic, enterprising young lawyer sees an opportunity to challenge the alligation under laws that protects us all from slander…

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Alan on October 23, 2003 - 21:01 Permalink

Young!!! You’ve won me over, Wayne. So wuddya think of this study? [I think there’s a relationship between the two but I just can’t put my finger on it…]

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Wayne on October 23, 2003 - 21:10 Permalink

Bah, humbug! Another example of a think-tank probably funded with Liberal grants and nothing to do but bash Maritimers. Probably comes out of Quebec, where all the budget surplus money goes. I hope CBC Charlottetown does not read that article…