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View Diary: TANG Typewriter [URGENT]: Is it the Composer? (99 comments)

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  •  No, (none)
    I'd like some verification first.  This stuff is tricky; the more sets of eyes, the better.
    •  Any concern that we're doing the wingnuts' work? (none)
      We've demonstrated pretty clearly that there's no way you can definitively say MS Word produced the CBS memos. And CBS has stated the same thing. At this point, I'm not sure that it's beneficial to emphasize that we're devoting a lot of time and energy trying to PROVE that a typewriter from that time could produce an exact match. The documents are old photocopies, so the match won't be exact in any case.

      It is, as you have pointed out, a needle-in-a-haystack effort, and I have serious doubts that there is time before Nov. 2 to really settle it anyway. But this could lead to claims such as: "They couldn't find an exact match! It's a forgery!"

      I say, let them prove that no typewriter could have done it. The burden of proof should be on the accusers.

      I'm going to go watch some football now :)

      •  Not really worried. (none)
        If we can prove the typewriter, that would be definitive.  We've already demonstrated that their own Word demonstration was, for lack of a better word, brick stupid.  We don't need to find the exact typewriter, but wouldn't it be nice if we did?

        If we can't get this settled in the next day or two, it'll be meaningless, and we should let it drop.  If there are any real journalists left in the world, they're descending on IBM headquarters like locusts right now, and we should know soon.

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