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At 9:47 AM -0400 9/3/02, Maciejewski, Thomas wrote:

>So if someone is biased or would likely to have a bias towards one solution
>is an important bit of information.

Yes, it would be. So far we don't have that bit of information. 
There's no evidence presented that the author of the article in 
question is in any way biased. There's no evidence that they're paid 
for the specific purpose of presenting their viewpoint. There are 
some claims that the author of the article is wrong, but that's a 
very different point to make.

>Like if you talked to an oracle sales person and to a Sybase sales person
>about what is the best data solution you would hear two entirely different

We're not talking about salespeople here. While Oracle and Sybase 
salespeople might give very different and very biased opinions on an 
issue of databases, there are also many people with strong opinions 
on these databases who are not paid to push one or the other and who 
are not biased. A --> B does not imply B --> A. One should not assume 
that just because someone reaches a different conclusion than you do, 
that they are therefore biased, no matter how sure you are that 
you're right. That leads to sloppy arguments and bad decision making.

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