The big missing piece of this report – how much did the band end up getting compared to CD sales?
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When Radiohead invited their fans to pay as much – or as little – as they liked for a digital download of their new album, In Rainbows, it was hailed as the beginning of a new era for the struggling record industry.

So what then, was the ultimate value of the ground-breaking album and its test of the constraints of the digital age? Around 2.90, it would seem.

Research revealed yesterday that a mere 38% of people downloading the album were willing to part with anything at all. Two thirds paid only the 45p charge for handling, according to ComScore, a digital measurement group.

During the first 29 days of October, 1.2 million people worldwide visited the In Rainbows site, with a significant percentage of visitors ultimately downloading the album.
It was widely seen as the most high-profile attempt yet to restructure the economics of a music industry struggling with the effects of digital piracy.
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The End of the Internet

November 4, 2007

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You have reached the end of the internet. We hope you have enjoyed your browsing.

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by Al Abut
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Ah, the power of Google search …
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It is a central tenet of creationism that evolutionary biologists are part of a vast conspiracy. Should evidence emerge that runs counter to Darwin’s theories, creationist thinking goes, it is quickly suppressed by the scientific thought police.

Now retired chemist Homer Jacobson may have inadvertently lent the conspiracy theorists a helping hand. The trouble started when Jacobson, formerly at Brooklyn College in New York, did a web search for his own name. Among the top results were creationist websites. They cited a 1955 paper on the origin of life, in which Jacobson discussed the challenges of explaining how the chemical building blocks of life emerged. Creationists say his paper shows that divine intervention must have been involved.

In a letter in this month’s edition of American Scientist, the journal in which the original article appeared, Jacobson retracts two paragraphs from it.
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The group, which includes scientists from institutions in Germany, Brazil, and Switzerland, developed a model for the spread of gossip among students at an American school.
The model uses survey data from more than 90,000 students in 84 schools who were asked about other students they had personal contact with, such as eating lunch or studying. It introduces concrete quantities that define how widely and quickly gossip can spread among students, a segment of the population in which gossip is particularly prevalent.
So if a student has too few or too many friends, the danger of being the subject of a piece of gossip goes up. The optimal number depends on the size of the social network: the larger the network, the larger the optimal number.
When using the student-survey data, the model states that the optimal number of friends a student should have in order to minimize gossip spreading is about six.
“Spreading gossip in social networks” Phys. Rev. E 76, 036117 (2007)
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Drop of water from a hosepipe
Water has been a frequent cause of disputes in Australia, which is in its sixth year of severe drought.
A man has been killed in a fight over watering his lawn in drought-stricken Australia in an apparent case of water rage.
Retired lorry driver Ken Proctor, 66, was using a hose on the front lawn of his house in Sylvania, Sydney, when a man walked past and challenged him about wasting water. The two men began to argue and Mr Proctor turned the hose on the man, soaking him.

A fight broke out and the pensioner was knocked to the ground and punched and kicked before other passers-by, including an off-duty police officer, intervened.

As his distraught wife looked on, Mr Proctor was treated at the scene by ambulance officers but died of cardiac arrest after being taken to hospital.
Garden sprinklers are banned, it is illegal to wash cars with hosepipes and gardens may only be watered on set days. People caught breaching the regulations are fined.
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The Web is Agreement

November 1, 2007

This is a very rich visualization of the many relationships navigated through Web interactions, well worth a closer look.
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The Web is Agreement

A slightly mad poster put together on behalf of Osmosoft for tomorrow’s internal Open Source Awareness Day which Phil has printed out in scary A0. Like all my images, I’ve put this under a CC, so feel free to reproduce it, mash it up, do a better job, whatever!

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