The Science of Journalism

If I Had My Way
One Man's Opinion -- for what it's worth.


To: Margaret Sullivan - public@nytimes.com

Cc: Doug Skoglund - skoglund@turbousa.com

From: Doug Skoglund - skoglund@pdmsb.com

Date: 28 Jun 2014 11:00 pm CDT

Subject: 2014019 - It's All About Egos - IV

Well, well, well -- little by little -- The New York Times is beginning to understand -- You have been had!!

Impossible, you say -- you are The New York Times -- the grand old lady -- or something or other.  

I will tell you something -- and I don't get any pleasure with this; however, you people in the media have got to be the dumbest people in the whole wide world. I am not certain about the root cause -- so I will go with the part about egos.

You apparently don't understand the tools that you are working with -- and you have no desire to learn -- and your stupidity is costing you a fortune and increasing my costs in the process.

And you get insulted when somebody tries to help -- whew!!

I assume that you understand that the computer is a machine that manipulates bytes, a digital representation of a character, those things you are now looking at. The word "at" is two bytes.

Gail Collins recently published a blog page entitled, "The Eggs and Us", a package of 57,942 bytes. Since I enjoy her writings, I wrote a little program to clean out the unnecessary garbage so that I can file her opinion in my database -- 6484 bytes equals 11.19%, or 88.81% garbage, overhead, whatever??

Your cost of operation is a function of your byte output, storage costs, handling costs, shipping costs -- all are dependent upon quantity of bytes shipped, how far and at what speed. And your actual cost are higher because they contain some pretty rich profits for the tube owners.

Now if that isn't dumb -- I don't know what is.

Don't you think that it might be wise to investigate other alternatives??

To be continued (I hope) 

Doug Skoglund skoglund@pdmsb.com

I don't provide for comments since that is a system designed to control the communication process -- I do provide an e-mail address!! (Please put a [MYWAY] in your title to get my attention)

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