Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 24th Oct 2011 22:37 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes Considering the polarising topic of software patents and related IP litigation is coming up a lot lately, I felt the need to write a few words on this thing called 'bias'. This word is being thrown around a lot, but I get the feeling many people are unclear as to what, exactly, it means. Because contrary to popular opinion, there's nothing wrong with being being biased. In fact, there's no such thing as unbiased blogging (or even unbiased journalism).
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Well, not so fast
by Tractor on Tue 25th Oct 2011 11:33 UTC
Tractor
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2006-08-18

The famous "everybody is biased" shouldn't be branded as an excuse to become as much biaised as one see fit.
"Nothing is perfect", yes, is that reason enough to be as worst as possible ? That's just too easy as an excuse.

Everybody know that there is no white, there is no black, but there are a lot of different greys. Are they all the same grey then ? Certainly not. I can see a difference between light grey and dark grey.

No-one is perfectly "impartial", but trying to be unbiased "as much as possible" gives credit to one's comment. A fully biased report, on the other hand, has simply zero value. It is even detrimental to the thesis being defended.

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