Perhaps the reason for this obvious nitpicking is different from an accountant's
An accountant is accountable for what they write.. and there is some small remuneration involved.
However neither THHnew or Ascoli are accountable... although there may be some peanuts
I won't get into motivations or psychology. Ascoli just seems to have a skill that involves being able to pay attention to detail and digging into things that most would overlook.
It takes a lot of wasted energy to get upset at Ascoli's "nitpicking".
It would be much more productive for Jed to take a quick look at the most recent data and see if input power is still being calculated in a different manner for control and actual run. If yes, I would really wonder why.