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Is Linux Getting the Shaft?

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| As I recently reported, there is an order of magnitude difference between the
| market share of Linux "out there" in the world, and the market share of LInux
| on Scienceblogs.com and on this very blog. Subsequently, I was trolled by my
| very own brother "... so, when is Luniux going to reach 1% market share?...."
| and this item has come out on ZDNet (which we all know is essentially funded
| by Microsoft, right?): Linux - Still chasing that elusive 1% market share.
|
| [...]
|
| So I went and looked. Here is the description of the database used by the
| Market Share service that everyone seems to rely on:
|
|
| We collect data from the browsers of site visitors to our exclusive
| on-demand network of live stats customers. The data is compiled from
| approximately 160 million visitors per month. The information published
| is an aggregate of the data from this network of hosted website
| statistics. The site unique visitor and referral information is
| summarized on a monthly basis.
|
| WTF?
|
| Is this supposed to be some kind of unbiased sample? But wait, there's
| more...
|
| [More jaw-dropping s*ite]
|
|
| [...]
|
| The complexity of this problem is actually rather large. But I can tell you
| one thing: If you were my graduate student and you came to me with this
| sampling strategy, I'd send you back to kindergarten. (If I had that power.)
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http://scienceblogs.com/gregladen/20...nt=channellink

When dealing with Microsoft and marketing companies, it's dealing with
criminal-minded liars. They use old propaganda techniques. They have always
done it, not just with paid AstroTurfers.


Recent:

Is Microsoft spamming websites to boost its numbers?

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| Microsoft claims that it's all part of a quality control effort, but a rising
| number of web masters is complaining that Microsoft is trying to inflate its
| Live.com traffic delivery by spamming websites.
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http://news.cnet.com/8301-13505_3-9984574-16.html


Related:

Microsoft funding bankrupt Live Search experiment with porn spam

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| Dear reader, please tell me: what do you think of a search engine that steals
| (bandwidth and AdSense revenue), lies, spams away, and is not clever enough
| to stop their criminal activities when they’re caught?
|
| Recently a Live Search rep whined in an interview because so many robots.txt
| files out there block their crawler...
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http://sebastians-pamphlets.com/micr...search-engine/


Microsoft’s Club Live fiasco

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| People were using the macro on more than 3 games at a time, on more than 2
| accounts at a time, why Microsoft didn’t pick up on the fact that in the
| first few days some people had accumulated enough for 3 Zunes each is beyond
| us. Some were lucky, others, not so much.
|
| [...]
|
| So far no one has been banned from using their accounts, which they needed to
| sign up, probably because they did not break any laws, or probably because
| Microsoft didn’t want that hassle and liked their new found traffic.
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http://www.blogthe.net/2007/07/16/mi...b-live-fiasco/


Bots Helped To Boost Microsoft Live Search Gains

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| In a blog post, Compete analyst Steve Willis attributed Microsoft's
| search gains to prizes awarded to users participating in Live Search
| Club, which features games that post queries to Microsoft's search
| engine.
|
| [...]
|
| Microsoft is essentially being DDoSed by thousands of people hundreds
| of times per minute, but they are mistaking this rise in traffic for
| people actually using Live Search."
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http://www.informationweek.com/news/...leID=201001092
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