Arguing about arguable stuff is great; the problem is that a lot of tribal nerd arguments are about stuff that just can't ever be resolved. It isn't about settling once and for all which maker of electronic telephones is best; it's about making sure that anyone who bought a different brand knows that their brand sucks.

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    And it isn't just friendly rivalry (like Emacs vs vi, for e.g.). It's about implicitly ridiculing people's choice of how to spend their money.
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