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Why does Michelle Thatcher have a job?

Working for Cnet? I recall the completely uneducated article about Firefox that she dreamed up on a bender one night, but the cake is her recent article on "featherweight" notebooks.

The qualification for such a notebook is that it weighs under 4 pounds. And then she lists the IBM X32, and RIGHT ON THE SPECS SHEET it is listed at 5.5 pounds.

It baffles me that someone of such incompetence could have a nice, wonderful cushy job working for one of the premier websites on the internet. That's not an excusable mistake when you have a position of "assistant editor."

Completely unacceptable.

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In reply to: Why does Michelle Thatcher have a job?

Everyone makes mistakes. You should try checking out I was banned from the site following a little correction of the administrator/moderators.

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Agreed, but still. Four pounds.... 5.5..... isn't even CLOSE. If you make a LIVING doing reviews for products, and you can't even make a simple categorization of them using your own qualifications.... I have a problem with that.

I knew that someone was up in the article before I even read the specs, because I know without even thinking about it that an X32 is not an ultraportable, or even close. It's a mid-size laptop. Does that make me a geek? Yes. But if you're going to be reviewing products for such a huge website, there is no excuse for making such blatant errors.

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Mistakes are made all the time.

In reply to: Blah.

Could they have included a bigger battery in the demo unit? It sometimes isn't clear what the demo unit is since it's an unit that goes to review and they don't send production units all the time but from a review pool of products.

Thanks for the heads up, but why trust mag/other reviews when you can go right to and get the specs.


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And here you paid good money to read her article.

In reply to: Blah.

Oh, wait, no you didn't. You could consider cutting her some slack.

I fail to see what's the purpose of this thread. Just to badmouth a CNet editor? What good does that do anybody? What result would you like to see come of this thread? Seriously . . . I'm curious.

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