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P2P downloads hardly affect sales, according to a report that the EU paid but not published

‘ P2P downloads hardly affect sales ‘- is this statement true? For the last few years the entertainment industry worldwide was continuously accusing  the P2P sites to have their sales  reduced remarkably.

In response to that we have seen some strict actions from the law enforcement agencies too. Finally, the European Commission spent 360,000 euros on a report to find out how it affected the music, books, movies and video games industries. But after spending that money they decided not to make it known . Because, possibly  the results they were throwing were not what they expected.

But finally the report has come to light, thanks to Julia Reda . A member of the German Pirate Party. It concludes that P2P downloads are not really a problem for sales of copyrighted content. Rather, in some cases like video games, downloads called illegal downloads often affect positively.P2P downloadsIn May 2015, the European Commission commissioned Dutch firm Ecory. Ecory was responsible to measure the impact of P2P downloads for several months. This research has resulted in a report of 304 page. Now, if the report has finally come to light that is because the Euro-parliamentary Julia Reda published it on personal blog .

“Overall, the results do not show strong statistical evidence of sales turnover for online copyright infringement,” the report concludes. “That does not necessarily mean that piracy has no effect. But only that statistical analysis does not prove reliably enough that there is an effect.”

Most surprising of all is, one of the latest findings points to an important fact. That is, the more you download a person the less impact you have on the industry . This, according to those responsible for the study, could explain why downloads have less and less impact on legal sales of copyrighted content. People just get more and more.

The Conclusion of the Report

The report requested by Europe begins by saying that in 2014, 51% of adults and 72% of European minors had illegally downloaded or reproduced creative content,  Comparing to the other four European countries , Poland and Spain got  “the highest piracy rates”.

The findings with respect to the total effects of online copyright infringement on legal transactions are found in section 7.7 of the report. It says that the only thing that stands out is the section of films and series . This indicates , simply that copyright infringements “are much more likely to have negative effects than positive.”

The worst part is taken by the large movietigraphic blockbusters, which have a displacement rate of 40%. This means that  four films are taken less legally.for every 10 films that are consumed in violation of copyright,

As far as the music industry is concerned, the movement rate estimated by the studio is zero. They say in the report that the movement of physical sales is offset by the positive effect on live concerts of streaming that violate copyright. Come on, P2P music downloads encourage people to go to the concerts of listening artists according to this report.
In the world of video games the effects of downloads that violate copyright is positive according to the report. Since free games are only affected by downloads. In fact, including free games, for every 100 online copyright infringements you get 24 extra legal transactions .

According to the study, may be due to the fact that players end up hooked to games that are download through P2P networks. Also, willing to pay for that game in exchange for having extra levels or bonuses . It seems like the format to offer downloadable content with the official copies of the games is working.

Those responsible for the report warn that the margins of error in their results are quite large due to the difficulty of obtaining data. But that go in the same direction of other studies that have also indicated that the impact of the downloads is minimal in the purchases of original material. What’s more, the more you download a person the less it affects the official sales.

“For the sub sample of respondents with large volumes of pirated content (more than 20 CDs, movies, books or games) it is estimated that the rates of displacement are zero, ” says the study. “And for the sub sample of respondents with smaller numbers the rates of displacement are generally larger and less insignificant.”

And this is precisely the relationship, by those responsible for the study believe that the impact of discharges is lower than in previous studies carried out by other companies. The reason why travel rates seem to have declined in recent years. This is simply because people are downloading more and more.

The study also has other interesting points. Such as, how much users are willing to pay for their legal content. Also, which are the details of the impact of the downloads in each of the sections. As we say the study has been discarded by Europe. But its results are certainly interesting for the debate around the impact of the downloads.

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Microsoft is profiling the future of Linux

Microsoft is profiling Linux with a goal of developing this operating system. I have tried to put some light on this topic in the below article:

The use of a Bash console within Windows 10 was already a utopia a few years ago. But it is that Microsoft’s love of Linux and Open Source continues to grow.

It carried on the process with the arrival of joint certifications or with the arrival of Ubuntu (and OpenSuSE, and Fedora) and the Windows Store. But there is a last minute surprise. That is, Microsoft is recruiting many Linux kernel developers with a particular goal: the evolution of this operating system.

Microsoft is profiling Linux
Microsoft is profiling Linux

Microsoft is in Open Source Talent Search and Capture Mode

It is true that, right at this moment Microsoft lags behind those who contribute most to the progress of Linux . It is ranked 47 of the top contributors to the kernel according to the list run by The Linux Foundation . But that could change in the short run .

Microsoft is profiling the next generation of Linux. In order to do this, they are recruiting plenty of Linux kernel developers everyday to do the same job from Redmond. Paul Shilovsky, Matthew Wilcox, or Stephen Hemminger (the person who criticized Microsoft in 2009) already comprised part of a team of 12 people. They are all working on developing different features of kernel.

It was pinpointed by Greg Kroah-Hartman that, one of the senior managers of Linux kernel hierarchy, explained that these developers “are contributing in various areas of the kernel (memory management, basic code structures, network infrastructure) of CIFS files and of course many contributions to make Linux work better on your Hyper-V systems . ”

Microsoft as Risk for Open Source 

Why is Microsoft doing all this? Obvious: platforms like Azure have long welcomed Linux. So getting this operating system to work optimally on your cloud platform could be the key factor. It might help to win over other alternatives from different companies. Such as, Amazon, Google or IBM.

Certainly here could appear the logical doubts of a company that for almost two decades denied the validity of the Open Source proposals. Although it seems logical to think that Microsoft is interested in helping to improve Linux in the areas that it is interested in. But, that could conflict with the future that the community would want Linux to address.

Microsoft is profiling Linux for future. But, the truth is that in the end the development of the Linux kernel is no longer in the hands of independent developers . On top of that, now companies like Intel, AMD, IBM or Google have hired a large number of developers . No wonder they, profile Linux in the image of those who they are hiring them.

However, it should be noted that the Linux kernel’s own development philosophy is headed by Linus Torvalds or legendary maintainers as the aforementioned Kroah-Hartman. Both they and others in development have long been clear about where Linux has to go. So, it does not seem that the involvement of Microsoft or other large players can severely affect Linux bases.

Meanwhile, yes, we continue to be surprised by the involvement of Microsoft in Linux and Open Source. That rhythm does not seem, because as they pointed out in Infoworld,- the world has turned upside down and it seems that ” pigs can fly .”

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Root the mobile: so you can customize it to measure

Root the mobile: so you can customize it to measure’- in this article, I am going to tell you what rooting is for. Rooting is a process that offers more freedom to the user for doing things in the Operating System. But is complex and involves many risks.

Root the mobile, means:

Rooting is the process of gaining total access to everything in the operating system and those permissions allow you to change it all. Root, can be called the superuser. Our Android devices use Linux permissions and file-system ownership. We are an user when we log in and we are allowed to do certain things according to our user permissions. Root is also an user. The difference is the root user (superuser) has total access to do anything to any particular file at any place in the system. For an example, uninstalling application forced on us by the developers or the sellers. Also, things we are unwilling to do can put our Android programs in a corrupted state. But, when we are doing things with superuser permissions, we have the power to change anything.

root the mobile
root the mobile

Process of Rooting

The mobiles leave the factory with an installed configuration. Also, have an operating system in a combination that the manufacturer has tailor made and with great care. In theory, this marriage is best suited to exploit to the maximum what the terminal offers. But, this is defended Apple layer with its iPhone,. It is an armored mobile with limited configuration options by the user. On the other hand Android, when it comes to customizing the platform, it gives something more of a broad sleeve to the user. However, both platforms touch the same ceiling in the customization range: the one determined by the manufacturer.

However, the bravest can penetrate into warmer waters by rooting. A process by which superuser permissions are acquired to access the deepest part of the mobile and configure it at will. Thanks to this process, we can remove programs from the system. Also, we can install customized versions of the operating system (known as ROMS). The concept of rooting essentially refers to Android devices. Although iPhone owners will find some comfort in the familiar jailbreak. But, both are not exactly the same. The big question is why rooter a device?

Functions on demand

Those who defend rooting explain that they get more personalization of the equipment eliminating unnecessary programs and adding functions à la carte. Carrying out this procedure allows the user to remove from the game known as bloatware or software that arrives preinstalled in the device. Already  occupying space and resources. This is one of the most critical that has been done by certain manufacturers and operators. Those who make a root will be able to choose better performance of the processor. They can force the machinery in certain situations or to slow it down saving battery. This procedure also allows to make total backups of the device. Nevertheless, for lovers of the exclusive, an extreme personalization of the device.

However, this procedure is risky.  On the one hand, it is most likely that the warranty of the terminal is lost and on the other, it runs the risk of damaging it definitively. In addition, it is not a procedure available to anyone: “We lose security”, explains Fernando Álvarez del Vayo, editor in chief of El Androide Libre . He also points out that this is a practice in disuse. “As Google improves its system and devices its features the need to make root access to an Android mobile, or a tablet, it decreases a lot.” The root it would recommend, in this way, advanced users and driven by a real need to do so. Something increasingly less given the evolution of Android devices.

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