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Recap (Re: Keynote/Boardwatch Internet Backbone Index A better test!!!)
From: "J.D. Falk" <jdfalk () priori net>
Date: Tue, 1 Jul 1997 08:29:20 -0700

        (As always, speaking only for myself.)

On Jul 1, "Sean M. Doran" <smd () clock org> wrote: 

Such reactions are pure marketing: we can't admit that
maybe there is some way we could improve things or some
set of things our network doesn't do well because that
would hurt our product image.

        I dunno...from what I saw on here, most of the people who
        were giving Jack a really hard time weren't even measured
        in that study.

        From what I saw, the most consistent problem that people
        pointed out was that what Jack said the story was measuring
        and what it actually measured were two different things.

        IMHO, Jack made the problem /much/ worse by trying to
        defend it without paying much attention to the arguments
        presented -- he had already made up his mind as to what
        kind of response he'd get (angry from "losers," supportive
        from "winners"), and did not seem to really notice when
        the actual ratio of response was different.

        This strikes me as exceedingly poor journalism (and a fairly
        dumb thing to do in and of itself).  So, while I would love
        to help /somebody/ get better statistics on this kind of
        stuff, it seems (based on his actions here as well as some
        of his articles and editorials) that Jack is not enough of
        an objective journalist to do such a study in a thorough
        and scientific manner.

        Hopefully somebody else will...and by the way, Jack, I'd be
        quite happy for you to prove me wrong in the meantime.

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