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The ultimate showdown

Cosmic VarianceBy Sean CarrollFebruary 21, 2006 12:50 AM


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Things have been far too busy recently for me to do any substantive posting. But I have noticed that our discussions of topics such as race and gender and interpretations of quantum mechanics are far too genteel and rational for my tastes. (Seriously, why is it that people just cannot resist the temptation to argue with people who say outrageous things, even if they know perfectly well that those people are absolutely immune to reason?)

So I'd like to broach a more controversial topic. I'm thinking of buying a new laptop. Tell me: Mac or PC? I've used both quite a bit, so I'm not a fundamentalist either way. The Macs are of course FreeBSD-based, which is useful if you're a scientist. And there's the fight-the-evil-empire business. But one cannot deny that there is useful software that isn't available for Macs. And the variety of laptop hardware is much more diverse in the PC world, including attractively thin ultralights. So -- reasonable cost-benefit analyses on either side? Your thoughts are welcome.

And play nice.

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