Originally Posted by DisCHORDDubstep
Wow. I was unsubscribing from this, and... See this. You aren't any better than me at this point. You are saying mac is the best and saying other computers are inferior. Are you insecure about your mac and trying to justify your purchase?
Let me add some more confusion to this:
I am a computer scientist, working in medical science. I code some, but mostly I do statistical programming for the guys who decide on the Nobel Prize. I went through my whole University education with only Linux, and competed against myself in making the lowest memory hogging distribution I could. I landed somewhere around 100 MB RAM usage for the system, a window manager, music, web browsing and writing a document (I believe I was writing on my thesis about things related to computer science). I started out programming with a C64, and went on to a X86 platform with a 286 from VICTOR. However, I was using Windows on my stationary computer at the time, which suited me just fine. As a phone I was always using Androids for smartphones. I was, what you'd call, a Fandroid/Android Fanboy. I had this naive belief that everything FOSS related (especially GNU Linux) was superior, and Macs, iPhones and iPads (especially iPods, I used a Cowon and a Sansa).
Fast forward a few years:
I have completely switched camps on smartphones. I'm not saying Android phones are bad, but IMO iPhones are better. I know, you're thinking "B-b-b-but benchmarking, octacores and ... megahertsens". You're thinking wrong. Actually, most CPU's in smartphones are vastly over the top for the usage they're meant for (this is also the case for computers as I came to discover in my optimizing and creating Linux distros - a modern world computer would suffice with 512 MB RAM, a P4 CPU and a graphic cards roughly the same power as a HD4000, somewhere there and gaming, video editing and photoshopping would be the only things you couldn't do with it). I mean that by a mile. Here's the thing: Android as a system caters to so many differing architectures and hardwares that it's virtually impossible to make it fluid and stay that way for a multitude of phones while keeping it workable on others. You can't compile a kernel for a specific CPU with specific hardware, because it won't work on any other model. They HAVE to make it work for EVERY Android phone out there. Manufacturers themselves are doing a piss poor job of recompiling and optimizing Android OS for their phones (Touchwiz? C'mon).
iOS on the other hand, have roughly 7-8 different configurations to cater to, making it indeed VERY possibly to make use of every ounce of hardware put into the phone/tablet. That is why iOS is faster, more fluid, more reliable and a better optimized experience -- Apple has control of every part of the phone. It's the same with their computers. They have control of everything, optimizes it so good that it runs flawless on inferior hardware. They really follow the Arch Linux principle KISS.
So, numbers don't matter.
Think of it as a car engine: you can put the fastest Lamborghini engine in a truck, but it still won't be making those 200 MPH it does in a body made by Lamborghini. Sure, you can brag about your horsepower, but in the real world, you won't be driving circles around Porsches.
Edited by Coq de Combat - 5/29/14 at 8:38am