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O\'Reilly: no fact checking in c|net commentary piece

updated 01:25 pm EST, Sat January 17, 2004

O\'Reilly takes on c|net

O'Reilly's Alan Graham, documenting the Virginia Tech Apple Supercomputer Cluster, : "The c|net piece was nothing but spurious speculation and Mac bashing from a publisher who has a history of negative press about the Apple platform. Shame on anyone who assumes that this solution cannot be duplicated again with less money than competitive solutions, and shame on c|net for implying that this was all a worthless exercise and corporate clients would be smart to seek their solutions from a more reliable hardware company."




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  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    about time

    someone stood up to C|net and their Apple smashing. I am still hopping mad about this c***. So, when they grow this cluster to being the number one supercomputer in the world, will they then get the props? I doubt it. I take some solice in the fact that if you aren't on top, then you aren't worth bashing, so they are doing something right!

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    Excellent

    Good for Alan! More people stand up for the truth.

    Paul Thurrott has no business publishing articles - he clearly does not have the objectivity, nor the knowledge to advise the general public on any technology. Perhaps Paul should seek a job in Microsoft's marketing department, although I doubt even they would want him.

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    What a surprise.

    C|Net is the most biased, least credible internet news source, ever.

    They give the most negative slant possible to positive Apple news, and if that proves too hard they more or less completely fabricate negative things.

    And then they run an article about how viruses cost businesses 55 BILLION DOLLARS in 2003, *without* mentioning "Microsoft" or "Windows" in the article text.

    One day they'll go too far even for Apple to ignore, and hopefully Apple Legal will unload on them for it.

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    Alan Graham

    Thanks Alan, Enjoyed your article about the facts concerning the third fastest SUPERCOMPUTER on earth. Al Moser

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    smart

    corporate clients would be smart to seek their NEWS solutions from a more reliable SITE

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    The Media

    Guys,

    No point in getting all worked up. I am a Mac user but why so much passion. If you were a shareholder, maybe. If it was your baby, great. But who cares - the media is corrupt. And all corporate interests have one goal. So unless you get paid to be a cheerleader, focus your efforts on worthier pursuits.

    This media slam with Apple is no different than the 'media illusion' about the Atkins-diet being rich in bacon/eggs and nothing more. It's an example of people with great influence not performing basic research or READING the most obvious thing they should be reading - the book.

    It's really sad. Trust no one and only trust yourself based on lots of research.

    Apple never made me any money - I buy their goods at the depreciated rate because I can't handle price premium for the sake of image.

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    Seriously...

    Asking C|Net about supercomputing is like asking Britney Spears about music.

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    A suggestion:

    If everyone reading this who thinks c|net does an overall bad job covering Apple and in particular that Paul Thurott is a biased, unprofessional hack with rather obvious ties to MS would just CUT AND PASTE the O'Reilly article into a letter to the editor with the subject "This speaks for me" I think they'd get the message PRETTY DAMN QUICK. Feel free to flood their message boards with it as well.

    A little civil disobedience can go a long way ...

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    OK, so I"m not alone

    OK, so I"m not alone in thinking c|net is one big propaganda organ for Intel; a large stakeholder in c|net.

    " ... they run an article about how viruses cost businesses 55 BILLION DOLLARS in 2003, *without* mentioning "Microsoft" or "Windows" in the article text." Well said!

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    Re: The Media

    Ok...I am a stockholder, so I will get worked up...To often I see these interenet "News" sites write a commentary that too any people take to heart as fact. Normally I don't pay much heed to what C|Net saws, but this particualr commentary was by far the worst. The writer of that commentary had nothing he said correct. Only the total advertised cost of the machines. C|Net seems to be taking more and more liberty at what they are writing, proving that so many think that if they have a web presence that they have all of the answers.

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