Originally Posted by Sketcha
I think you're right.
No one has refuted the points made here about the Amir/codec debacle. I believe the point is made. No need to...
Nobody's refuting it simply because we want peace. But if you want me to address it, I certainly will, and hopefully I can do it in a non-inflammatory way.
The fact is, there is a small group of people that have an unhealthy obsession with Amir. He is their white whale, and they are pursuing him to the end's of the earth with their smear campaign. To them, no matter what Amir does, it's always seen as duplicitous and deceitful.
It's not just that they characterize him this way, it's far more than that. They have an anti-Amir filter that colors their world view. But it's important to note that every time they feed their obsession, they believe they are doing the right thing. I think it's important to point out they they truly believe what they are doing is right. Further, these are not bad people, some of them I have a great deal of respect for. But they have a severe anti-Amir bias that distorts everything they think about what Amir writes.
In this instance, a person asked Amir to compare codecs. So he writes a rather long and technical response, pointing out the difference between codecs, and why he thinks his codec is at an advantage.
During the course of that long and technical explanation, he appears to have misstated one of the technical differences. He said that AVC can't do 1 pixel something-or-another, when he should have said that a compressionist can't force
AVC to do 1 pixel something-or-another. So there is a difference between the codecs, but his explanation wasn't 100% accurate.
Now the people with the anti-Amir world view, (again, some of which I highly respect), they see this as a sure sign of treachery. They believe it's impossible for him to have simply misspoke here. If he didn't get every single detail right in an off the cuff technical discussion of the two codecs, its a sure sign that Amir is lying.
Other people look at this and think it was a detail that wasn't exactly correct, but that's understandable considering how technical the discussion is. At any rate, why would he post something he knew not to be true, when he knew that other experts were reading it? Even if you don't think he is honest, surely you think he is smart. Why would he set himself up like that?
The most likely answer is that it wasn't a big deal, he made a small misstatement, and someone else corrected it. Now if you are predisposed to assassinate Amir's character, you won't view the event this way. If you are a bit more objective, you can see that is the most likely explanation.
This example, to me, is more about the Amir stalkers than it is about Amir. I can easily see how a person discussing something so complex as the difference between codecs could make a misstatement. So that doesn't surprise me. What is more interesting is the reaction to it.
Once again, I want to point out that these people that are obsessed with Amir, they are not bad people. Many of them I otherwise respect. But their focus on Amir, and the distorted way they interpret everything he does, it just isn't healthy.