Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Snail mail spam

Isn't the spam you receive at home in your snail mail box annoying? And even more annoying when it is something misleading (like a service warranty for your car, coming from a company with what appears to be no name - the result being that the only name you see on the letter is the name of your car). And most annoying, stock tip letters claiming to not be attempting to influence you to buying a stock, yet they most obviously are. It would be worth coming up with a response to that... even if it were to get the SEC involved.

It is a completely different topic, but this /. postingreminded me of the same thing:
Appending "Of course, correlation doesn't prove causality." to the end of an article strongly implying causality in every sense, doesn't absolve the reporter from the false conclusions he/she implies throughout the rest of the article.

That the correlation was run at ALL implies that someone was 'looking for something' - suspect 1. The layer upon layer of dependent statistics leading to a very authoritative-sounding "the likelihood that this is a concidence is 7%" makes it sound very scientific and accurate - suspect 2

Sorry, this is FUD passed off as news supported by phony statistics.


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