The microblog: 2020.12.06 21:30:05

2020.12.06 21:30:05 (1335682948654194688) from Daniel J. Bernstein, replying to "Chris Jefferson (@Azumanga)" (1335679376403394563):

Example of a talk where I shredded a paper (DMR) that promoted a cryptosystem (McEliece) that I've put lots of work into: As for KN, the experiment seems to have been conducted properly, but the authors then massively misrepresented what they had measured.


2020.12.06 17:12:44 (1335618184083173376) from Daniel J. Bernstein:

New blog post "Optimizing for the wrong metric, part 1: Microsoft Word": This is a review of "An Efficiency Comparison of Document Preparation Systems Used in Academic Research and Development" by Knauff and Nejasmic. #latex #word #efficiency #metrics

2020.12.06 21:15:53 (1335679376403394563) from "Chris Jefferson (@Azumanga)":

While this paper isn't perfect, most papers aren't. I think the experiment they ran was reasonable. Out of interest, do you think you would pick over the paper so much if it had said LaTeX was superior (Genuine question, not sarcastic).