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When Your Side is Wrong

Convincing, eloquent, but wrong

I started to write a very different article.

Last week I read a brilliantly written, carefully reasoned, cleverly illustrated article giving a new (and obvious in retrospect) reason why the world should immediately adopt the technology I favor.

Unfortunately, a tiny bit of checking suggests that a key number in their story is simply wrong.

With what I find in the literature to be the correct number, it is still a compelling argument but an argument for the other side.

What to do?

This hadn’t happened to me before.

I privately sent the author a note explaining that the number seemed wrong to me and that asked for a citation.

That much is easy.

But what do I do if he doesn’t answer? Or answers that indeed his number was wrong but won’t retract?

I don’t know.

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Written by Russell Brand

Russell has started three successful companies, one of which helped agencies of the federal government become very early adopters of open source software, long before that term was coined. His first project saved The American taxpayer 250 million dollars. In his work within federal agency, he was often called, “the arbiter of truth,” facilitating historically hostile groups and factions to effectively work together towards common goals


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