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Re: Statistics on non-free usage

On Mon, Jan 12, 2004 at 11:26:59AM +1100, Craig Sanders wrote:
> > Oh c'mon.  Just because I made a mistake doesn't mean that I'm
> > dishonest.  After all, you are the one that said your package has "0
> > entries in popcon"[1], then tried to change it to "used"[2] once I had
> > shown you to be incorrect (knowing full well that "used" is a different
> > category in popcon), then said that I gave the "impression" that nobody
> > was installing your packages, even when my own figures showed some of
> > them were installed on 3% of the machines.  This is being honest how.
> well, frankly, your use of percentages was a little dishonest to say the least,
> as it let you round-off many packages to '0'.

I had no idea what the results would be before running the program, and
did not alter it to adjust those results later.  You have no basis to
know whether I was being dishonest or not.

Moreover, right from the start I said that they were percentages.  I
also published the code used to generate this for public inspection and
analysis, with a complete change history.  It includes the specific
popcon file I used (so that the results can be validated even after the
next popcon update, and so that they can be compared to popcon before
the next update).

> you should have given actual numbers, and let people calculate the percentages

The actual numbers are already in popcon.  Implementing "cat" would
probably not have helped much here.

> partly your fault for not being more clear or providing column headings that
> indicated percentages).   i guess other readers might have missed that too.

Quite possible; though using this as a basis for assuming I am being
dishonest is quite a leap indeed.

> in any case, you have shown yourself to be dishonest on numerous occasions in
> this long and tortuous argument.  you have no care for truth, or honour - you
> will utter any lie in the name of your cause.

Which is interesting statement, since you have yet to describe even one
such occasion.

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