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The dumbest “Macs are better than PCs” post, ever

I’ve read some stupid reasons why platform X is better than platform Y in my time, but this one on Cult of Mac really takes the biscuit:

“Apple never, ever expresses battery life based on the number of cells that make it up. The ThinkPad I have at work is available with a 4, 6, and 9-cell option. And I have no idea what any of it means or why I should care. Apple just tells me how long I can work without a power source, which is what I actually care about.

The PC-makers just don’t get it.”

Words actually, seriously fail me. Aside from being demonstrably false if you bother to look at PC vendor’s sites, it makes him sound like the kind of person who spends his time combing the Internet for any negative reference to Macs, then writing 5,000 word “Emergency Response Briefings” which he then reposts on every Mac forum on the planet.

Mac-using folk: if you ever wonder why people refer to you as MacMacs, or compare you to Moonies, or refer to you as having “drunk the rainbow-striped Kool-Aid“, this is why.

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  • http://www.10goto10.org Jacob Davies

    “The ThinkPad I have at work is available with a 4, 6, and 9-cell option. And I have no idea what any of it means or why I should care.”

    “No idea what it means”? Well, gee, perhaps the 6 cell option has 50% more battery life than the 4 cell option, and the 9 cell option has 50% more battery life than that.

    It'd be nice to know the battery life in hours (though anyone who has actually used a laptop knows the battery life varies depending on what you're doing with it), but if you were paying attention in 1st-grade math class, you will remember that little experiment with the beans, and how when you had 6 beans it was half again as many beans as when you had 4 beans and oh I give up.

    People are crazy. I say this using my incredibly beat-up Thinkpad covered in Hello Kitty stickers, so I guess I know which side I'm on.

  • Object

    I can't believe I am fanning the flames, but the author is pathetically worse than the false assessment given to the frustrated pc user.

    Saying PC makers don't get is not wise, but what are you trying to demonstrate when attempting to defeat an uninformed mac user? It's amusing that you went off on an unrelated rant that reveals your own bias and a complete lack of intelligence.

    The person simply states that they don't like the battery life indicator on their ThinkPad. There is no “combing the Internet for any negative reference to Macs” happening here. There are too many logical fallacies in your post to point out.

    There are too many informative websites out here, no need to waste my time with technovia in the future.

  • http://www.technovia.co.uk ianbetteridge

    It would also be wise, when accusing someone of stupidity, of at least demonstrating the ability to read and understand the original post. He wasn't complaining about “the battery life indicator on their ThinkPad”. He was complaining about how Apple quotes battery life *on their website* as a time, while PC makers tend to quote the tech specs of the battery. He was wrong, just as you are.

  • Object

    I don't see a reference to a problem *on their website*. Maybe this is a case of the referenced post not written very clearly.

    If you are correct, this does not change the validity or strength of my overall point. The article appearing here is a straw man attack.

    Anyway I just read some of your other posts, and they are sensible. There seemed too much venom here on my first read. You took on a weak example and went too far. I didn't call you stupid, but a level head may chalk this up to a moment of bad judgement.

    As mac usage grows, the mac crowed will contain more loud mouths, fueling the brainwashed mac stereotype. This may not be the best example, but at the same time it did come from a site with the word cult in it. I am sure you will soon find many other mac people who rise to the level of scrutiny you blasted Mr. Battery Life here.

  • Duty Calls

    “what are you trying to demonstrate when attempting to defeat an uninformed mac user?”

    You don't get it, this is important. Someone is wrong on teh internet!!!1 :-D

    http://xkcd.com/386/

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