Useless Metrics From the Village

AmJoe

I assume most folks reading here are aware that Speaker Pelosi and the House released their version of the combined Health Care bill yesterday. I can only laugh at what is passing for "analysis" of this bill. I think the folks at Ye Olde House of Mulch for Brains (h/t Mr Pierce) though have the Republican talking points down pat.

We can start with the headline (via Yahoo):

1,990 Pages at $2.2M per word

Wow. $2.2M per word tells us a lot about the bill doesn’t it? Well not really but let’s see if there’s some further analysis here:

It runs more pages than War and Peace, has nearly five times as many words as the Torah, and its tables of contents alone run far longer than this story.

Oh yeah, that helps a lot doesn’t it?

“Death” and “taxes” are both in there, but “death panel” is not.

Republicans aide said a print-out of the bill weighs more than 19 pounds and stands nearly nine inches tall.

North Carolina Republican Rep. Patrick McHenry, 34 years old and a few inches taller than 5 feet, said the bill could act as a ”booster seat.”

V-e-r-y insightful statements there, huh?

Now my chosen career filed is something called Software Quality Assurance. A strong component of SQA activities is collecting various metrics in an attempt to quantify the progress in Software Development and Engineering. One primary difficulty is determining which metrics will provide the most information to people to know what is happening. When Ye Olde House of Mulch for Brains (and Republicans and Mornin’ Joe) all use metrics like these, the term FAIL is far too kind.

Useless waste of time is the nicest statement I can make for this gibberish.

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