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The computer industry's estimate that it loses millions of [#permalink]  18 Aug 2009, 07:25
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The computer industry's estimate that it loses millions of dollars when users illegally copy programs without paying for them is greatly exaggerated. Most of the illegal copying is done by people with no serious interest in the programs. Thus, the loss to the industry is much smaller than estimated because

A.many users who illegally copy programs never find any use for them
B.most of the illegally copied programs would not be purchased even if purchasing them were the only way to obtain them
C.even if the computer industry received all the revenue it claims to be losing, it would still be experiencing financial difficulties
D.the total market value of all illegal copies is low in comparison to the total revenue of the computer industry
E.the number of programs that are frequently copied illegally is low in comparison to the number of programs available for sale
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Re: computer industry [#permalink]  18 Aug 2009, 08:17
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The computer industry's estimate that it loses millions of dollars when users illegally copy programs without paying for them is greatly exaggerated. Most of the illegal copying is done by people with no serious interest in the programs. Thus, the loss to the industry is much smaller than estimated because

A.many users who illegally copy programs never find any use for them

B.most of the illegally copied programs would not be purchased even if purchasing them were the only way to obtain them

C.even if the computer industry received all the revenue it claims to be losing, it would still be experiencing financial difficulties

D.the total market value of all illegal copies is low in comparison to the total revenue of the computer industry

E.the number of programs that are frequently copied illegally is low in comparison to the number of programs available for sale

The part I edited out "points a finger" at B. If I really need some sort of computer software that I can't get without paying, then I'll surely pay for it. If I'm only marginally interested in it, then I might just ignore it.

Arguments for eliminating the rest:

A. doesn't matter if they do or do not use them, the idea is that piracy is still there

C. financial difficulties are not relevant here; the fact that piracy means losses is

D. while that may be true, but, again, the companies would still experience losses

E. similar to E
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Re: computer industry [#permalink]  18 Aug 2009, 08:25
I would go for E.. Option (B) would cause losses to the industry but the conclusion states that the loss to the industry is much smaller..and option (E) states that number of programs (illegal) are slow compared to those put up for sale.
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Re: computer industry [#permalink]  18 Aug 2009, 10:16
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I would go for E.. Option (B) would cause losses to the industry but the conclusion states that the loss to the industry is much smaller..and option (E) states that number of programs (illegal) are slow compared to those put up for sale.

number of programs copied illegally and number of programs for sale is irrelevant, if it is low or high, anyway there is loss due to piracy, the answer we need is which explains that the actual loss to the industry due to piracy is much less than estimated loss...

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Re: computer industry [#permalink]  18 Aug 2009, 10:22
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crejoc wrote:
The computer industry's estimate that it loses millions of dollars when users illegally copy programs without paying for them is greatly exaggerated. Most of the illegal copying is done by . Thus, the loss to the industry is much smaller than estimated because

A.many users who illegally copy programs never find any use for them

B.most of the illegally copied programs would not be purchased even if purchasing them were the only way to obtain them

The part I edited out "points a finger" at B. If I really need some sort of computer software that I can't get without paying, then I'll surely pay for it. If I'm only marginally interested in it, then I might just ignore it.

A.many users who illegally copy programs never find any use for them
people with no serious interest in the programs isn't this pointing bolded in A, For me A and B are so close ..
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Re: computer industry [#permalink]  18 Aug 2009, 10:46
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crejoc wrote:
The computer industry's estimate that it loses millions of dollars when users illegally copy programs without paying for them is greatly exaggerated. Most of the illegal copying is done by people with no serious interest in the programs. Thus, the loss to the industry is much smaller than estimated because

A.many users who illegally copy programs never find any use for them

B.most of the illegally copied programs would not be purchased even if purchasing them were the only way to obtain them

I agree with B

I got it now, A is stating what is needed indirectly, and B states directly, as we are finding the actual loss in money, not purchasing them will decrease the estimated loss. I agree with B.
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Re: computer industry [#permalink]  18 Aug 2009, 16:45
I will go with B
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Re: computer industry [#permalink]  18 Aug 2009, 23:29
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B.

A does not link to \$ as much as B does.
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Re: computer industry [#permalink]  19 Aug 2009, 01:12
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Most of the illegal copying is done by people with no serious interest in the programs. Thus, the loss to the industry is much smaller than estimated because

A.many users who illegally copy programs never find any use for them

B.most of the illegally copied programs would not be purchased even if purchasing them were the only way to obtain them

OA later after discussion..

E is irrevelant with the premise (bold part) just two choices are agree with bold part. If most of the illegally copied programs would not be purchased because the users have no or little interest with these programs they just copy to try them. So the answer is B
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Re: computer industry [#permalink]  19 Aug 2009, 06:09
OA: B
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Re: computer industry [#permalink]  14 Sep 2009, 04:07
B is a no-brainer.

Author states "millions of dollars", an absolute value, not a relative amount. Therefore, even if the pirated copies were only .0001% of revenues, E would still be wrong.

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Re: computer industry [#permalink]  14 Sep 2009, 05:31
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Wow good question

would go with E wats the OA
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Re: computer industry [#permalink]  05 Oct 2009, 22:48
imo- B,
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Re: computer industry [#permalink]  22 Oct 2011, 03:34
author fail to mentioned THE so called O.A.----B
I have seen this in my old LSAT tests. B is superior than A ,Because we need to justify that piracy actually cause little bit of harm.........If one don't buy ,If there is no piracy then this is true that companies are exaggerating their financial loses by piracy .

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Re: computer industry [#permalink]  22 Oct 2011, 05:50
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The computer industry's estimate that it loses millions of dollars when users illegally copy programs without paying for them is greatly exaggerated. Most of the illegal copying is done by people with no serious interest in the programs. Thus, the loss to the industry is much smaller than estimated because

A.many users who illegally copy programs never find any use for them

B.most of the illegally copied programs would not be purchased even if purchasing them were the only way to obtain them

C.even if the computer industry received all the revenue it claims to be losing, it would still be experiencing financial difficulties

D.the total market value of all illegal copies is low in comparison to the total revenue of the computer industry

E.the number of programs that are frequently copied illegally is low in comparison to the number of programs available for sale

OA later after discussion..

This is "explain the argument question"
Let's do it by POE -
(A) - The word "never", makes this option too extreme. Incorrect.
(B) - Nothing wrong in it. Let's hold on to it.
(C) - This answer choice talks about "financial difficulties" of computer industry and does not explain why the losses claimed are exaggerated. Incorrect.
(D) - This answer option compares "the total market value of all illegal copies" to " the total revenue of the computer industry" and does not explain why the losses claimed are exaggerated. Incorrect.
(E) - This answer option compares "the number of programs that are frequently copied illegally is low" to " the number of programs available for sale" and does not explain why the losses claimed are exaggerated. Incorrect.

(B) wins by POE.
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Re: computer industry [#permalink]  22 Oct 2011, 05:57
Its B
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Re: The computer industry's estimate that it loses millions of [#permalink]  29 Jan 2012, 21:08
The computer industry's estimate that it loses millions of dollars when users illegally copy programs without paying for them is greatly exaggerated. Most of the illegal copying is done by people with no serious interest in the programs. Thus, the loss to the industry is much smaller than estimated because

A.many users who illegally copy programs never find any use for them even if users doesn't use copied program, that doesn't rule out the possibility of lost revenue due to copying of program.

B.most of the illegally copied programs would not be purchased even if purchasing them were the only way to obtain them this options ends the alternate possibility that user might have bought the software program if he/she hasn't copied it. IMO Correct answer

C.even if the computer industry received all the revenue it claims to be losing, it would still be experiencing financial difficulties : stimulus talk about missing revenue because of illegal copying of program, it has nothing to do with situation after regaining this missing revenue

D.the total market value of all illegal copies is low in comparison to the total revenue of the computer industry out of scope ... argument is concerned with estimated loss of revenue due to copying, it has nothing to do with its relative amt wrt total revenue

E.the number of programs that are frequently copied illegally is low in comparison to the number of programs available for sale out of scope
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Re: The computer industry's estimate that it loses millions of [#permalink]  30 Jan 2012, 07:26
option B is the best .
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Re: The computer industry's estimate that it loses millions of [#permalink]  03 Feb 2012, 03:33
+1 B
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Re: The computer industry's estimate that it loses millions of [#permalink]  15 May 2013, 05:16
I was stuck between B and D... Both answer choices are attractive options...
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