dgs>Chris does a great job (and I publically thank him here and now for it), and far be it from me to critise him for what was essentially a generally a very good article. My comments may have read more "negative" than they were intended (hey look there's even a smiley at the end).
Unlike you (or me, or Chris for that matter) our comments can be publically seen and commented on (even negatively at times). It's easy for someone in the shadows to pour cold water on things like that "developer" has and never have to justify any of it - it is as, you said, their claiming something isn't newsworthy doesn't necessarily make it so.
As to the A9 (the subject of the article), yes it's only 200MHz but as I (and others) have said many times you can *only* compare clock speeds if the architecture and system around the CPU are identical. In this case they aren't so, yes I'd expect the A9 to perform better than a 200MHz SA based RPC (but that exact amount will be hard to gauge until the machine is released). If STD get the price right they could be on a winner, because at the moment the "budget" RISC OS sector is rather badly served.