So, with today's banter with Neil McRae on twitter I did finally get :-
"stats aren't facts though - I wish they where sometimes! :)"
Now I wonder. If they are not facts, what the hell are they?
Of course stats are facts. We have facts like "At time X we sent 100 LCP echos and received 97 replies". That is a stat, and a fact. An absolute irrefutable fact. These "stats" are the raw data from the tests done. The facts we start with to try and make sense of the stats.
Forecasts are not facts. Some of the interpretation from stats are not facts.
But really, Neil, stats are facts, hard solid facts, and if you don't know that then, well, we have a problem
I am also accused of bullying BT on the whole congestion issue. Fair point, but if Neil would like to tell me the correct (and effective) way to get BT to take such issues seriously, I'll be more than happy to do that instead.
Update: Neil has hidden and/or deleted his tweets. Ones where he said BT customer services would agree with anything to keep me happy, where he said it was appropriate to call me stupid, where he says stats aren't facts. Oh well.