I told the captain I'd have it done in an hour.
How long will it really take you?
[flabbergasted] You dinnae tell him how long it would really
Of course I did.
Oh, laddie, you've got a lot to learn if you want people to think of you as a miracle worker. Now listen
Point to me where Scotty advises La Forge to pad his time estimates. While Scotty's evidently surprised that La Forge hasn't learned to gauge when the captain needs something right away or whether it can wait, we never get to hear what Scotty's actual advice to La Forge is, because he cuts Scotty off.
It's clear from the scene Scotty used to deliberately lie to his superior officers about the time needed to complete a task - a practice he considers desirable, in order to look good.
It's also clear Scotty was about to counsel Geordi to do the same in order to make people think of him as a "miracle worker'.
All you have is euphemisms and semantic irrelevancies. And fan-wank explanations for 'The naked time'.
And you think these constitute an argument. Cute.
That conversation between Scott and LaForge is just a continuation of the joke from TSFS between Scott and Kirk.