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Discussion on Article:
Prescott: The Last of the Mohicans? (Pentium 4: from Willamette to Prescott). Part II
This has to be one of the worst written articles I have ever tried to read. It should have been achievable with 25% of the words after adding a few diagrams and animations. You may have done the research, have the understanding in your head and written a lot in the article but it was mostly repeated double talk repeated (deliberate repetition and bad grammar). They say a picture is worth a thousand words. You kept choosing to write the thousand words instead of a graphical method (table, diagram, cartoon strip, animation).
Sometimes you have to leave it for a day or two and have a few other people read it before publication. I work for a medical research unit. Medical articles we submit to journals wouldn’t even be sent to the external reviews if they were written like this. We have had over 80 refereed articles published in recognised journals alone over the past 15 years (plus more in many other types of publication and presentation of research).
Sorry about being so negative but it was just so painful. All the article achieves is a lousy attempt at boosting advert viewing. Yes, I could understand what you were talking about, but I felt there should be a better way to explain it. I myself am not perfect. I work with other staff who do the writing and I look after the IT side (databases, website, programming, desktop support, servers etc.).
- pictures: we need some pictures!
- there's just too much text!
- *where's the proof*? If this stuff is undocumented, then the majority of it has just got to be guessed at, right? Not trying to undermine an article which took a year to make, but I mean, come on! One mistake in the analysis of the architecture could easily lead you in the wrong direction. Then to 'compensate' for going in the wrong direction you've gotta think up more an more extravagant ways of explaining certain behaviours...
Does anyone else think this?
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