The Grey Lady gets caught, yet again, on the Dvorak keyboard myth, hook, line, and sinker:
How we became stuck with the Qwerty is a matter of debate, but some historians point to a national typing-speed competition in the late 1880s. Unlike the other contestant, the winner had memorized the key positions, in part, the story goes, because they made no sense. The Dvorak Simplified Keyboard, invented in 1932, is objectively superior, so much so that, in the 1940s, the United States Navy determined that it was worth retraining its typists. As the evolutionary biologist and science historian Stephen Jay Gould (whose mother was a typist and father a court stenographer) wrote, 'If every typist in the world stopped using Qwerty tomorrow and began to learn Dvorak, we would all be a winner.'
It's not just that it's a mistake--everybody makes mistakes. It's that the paragraph is so credulous, so uninformed, so amateurish in the worst way. And it conforms, of course, to the Times's long-standing anti-market bias.
Why would you possibly trust what they tell you about global warming? Or anything else important?
(If you haven't heard, there's a large literature on the myth of the Dvorak keyboard. Start with Liebowitz and Margolis, "The Fable of the Keys," Journal of Law and Economics, April 1990.)