The microblog: 2020.12.06 18:53:09

2020.12.06 18:53:09 (1335643453728858113) from Daniel J. Bernstein, replying to "Paul Wouters (@letoams)" (1335641563465191424):

The sentence is a first-hand report of my observations of what the interns were doing. You're in denial of the report. Your argument for this denial is that the report implies that the interns had "a fundamental lack" of "basic word processing knowledge". Did I get that straight?

2020.12.06 19:05:37 (1335646591890276352) from Daniel J. Bernstein:

I guess next you'll claim that questions like were faked by the Chinese to make Word look bad, since clearly no real user could have such a "fundamental lack" of "basic word processing knowledge". Why blame the users when we can deny that the users exist?


2020.12.06 18:27:51 (1335637087006072834) from Daniel J. Bernstein, replying to "Ric “el pony esponjoso” (@fluffypony)" (1335634039118688258):

Or maybe they had no idea how to auto-number within the format of that document (non-indented numbered paragraphs), or how to auto-number anything. I didn't ask. Anyway, I'm missing how these assessments of intern competence are supposed to be disputing something in my blog post.

2020.12.06 18:33:55 (1335638614198214656) from "Brian Smith (@BRIAN_____)":

I think most readers would react to that intro with the thought “The author doesn’t understand even basic things about MS Word, or is highly biased. I should be extra skeptical of everything that follows.”

2020.12.06 18:40:23 (1335640244587118594) from Daniel J. Bernstein, replying to "Brian Smith (@BRIAN_____)" (1335638614198214656):

You've suggested multiple times now that you've identified some sort of error in the blog post. Can you please quote the first sentence that you're disputing, and say why you don't think the sentence is correct?

2020.12.06 18:45:38 (1335641563465191424) from "Paul Wouters (@letoams)":

The line in question would be "The intern used a mouse to select the original 3 on the screen, then typed 4,". It shows a fundamental lack of knowledge of basic word processing knowledge going back to like Word Perfect 4.2