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Comparing computers to cars

#31BladedShadow0Posted 6/3/2012 3:48:32 AM
People tend to die less in Computer crashes.
#32Kerr AvonPosted 6/3/2012 5:29:58 AM
>To summarize, people who whine about computer/car analogies are just trying to cause problems.

What a stupid statement (even by this forum's standards). So you honestly think that if someone points out a legitimate flaw in something, that they are "just trying to cause problems."?

The truth is, car analogies, like all analogies can only work to a certain point (if an analogy worked 100% then it wouldn't be an analogy, if would be an exact comparison), and in the case of PC to car analogies, the point isn't very far, since it's not a good analogy in any case. MachEvolution sums it up well, the only aspect of the analogy that really works is down to cost (and the envy/impressiveness some people assign to the cost factor). After that, the analagy quickly breaks down. A Ferrari costs more than a Civic, but (unlike the PC vs. console differences) both cars run on the same road (as opposed to the PC vs. console dichotimy, where both machines run different code, and each has games that the other does not). Ferraris are probably faster than a civic, but to nowhere near the extent that a PC is faster and more powerful than a console (at this time). A Ferrari is *far* more likely to get stolen than a Civic, but the difference is much less with the PC/console divide. A Ferrari will help you pick up women, but a PC will do nothing in that regard. A Ferrari. Consoles are much easier to use than PCs (for the amateurs, I mean, any PC owner with a bit of sense can avoid 99% of PC troubles) whereas both cars are easy to wrap around a lamppost if you're careless. And a PC is *much* more versatile than a console, but a Ferrari does nothing that a Civic doesn't.
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#33Orestes417Posted 6/3/2012 5:33:44 AM
Actually a Civic is more likely to get stolen, easier to part out and dispose of for cash. Ferrari's are high profile
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#34Kerr AvonPosted 6/3/2012 5:44:58 AM
>Actually a Civic is more likely to get stolen, easier to part out and dispose of for cash. Ferrari's are high profile

For a profit, yes, but for joyriders (British slang for the cretins who steal a car just for fun or to show off, and often set fire to the car when they're finished, to destroy their fingerprints and other evidence) a Ferrari would be all but irresistable. The bragging rights for having stolen a Ferrari would be enormous. And Britain is in the middle of a crime wave at the moment, as we've never had weaker (or stupider) judges, and we have something called the human rights law, that treats criminals better than their victims. If you think I'm joking, look through the BBC news reports.
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#35schadow(Topic Creator)Posted 6/3/2012 6:02:20 AM
I just watched Discovery Science, and they explained quantum entanglement through hotdogs with sennep and ketchup.

And analogy isn't supposed to hold true anytime, anywhere. Like I said before, a CPU can be thought of as an engine (through its ability to make your applications perform. Bringing up a PSU here would just be stupid). I'm not comparing them because Civic engines are made from silicon wafers.
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#36fuzzymanPosted 6/3/2012 6:06:56 AM
What is the point of a fast car and LA traffic? A computer doesn't have as obvious limits.
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#37schadow(Topic Creator)Posted 6/3/2012 6:41:25 AM
fuzzyman posted...
What is the point of a fast car and LA traffic? A computer doesn't have as obvious limits.


That's because computers aren't cars, and you've misunderstood the point of analogies.
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#38Orestes417Posted 6/3/2012 6:45:24 AM
What's the point of a decked out i7 for facebook and porn? Same deal
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#39Kerr AvonPosted 6/3/2012 6:50:18 AM
>That's because computers aren't cars, and you've misunderstood the point of analogies.

No, he's simply pointing out that though both PC's and Ferrari's have *huge* speed advantages over their relative competitors in the analogy (consoles and Civics, respectively) the analogy fails in itself since this advantage is pretty moot with respect to cars. The faster the PC, the better in many cases, but a car often is impeded speedwise by traffic, and even if not, there's an empirical speed limit enforced by law, which you are not allowed to break.
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#40schadow(Topic Creator)Posted 6/3/2012 7:01:13 AM
Kerr Avon posted...
>That's because computers aren't cars, and you've misunderstood the point of analogies.

No, he's simply pointing out that though both PC's and Ferrari's have *huge* speed advantages over their relative competitors in the analogy (consoles and Civics, respectively) the analogy fails in itself since this advantage is pretty moot with respect to cars. The faster the PC, the better in many cases, but a car often is impeded speedwise by traffic, and even if not, there's an empirical speed limit enforced by law, which you are not allowed to break.


A car may be limited by traffic and speed limits, but I am sure the vast majority of standard consumer computers do not benefit from an i5 or i7 and a 520M GT for watching YouTube or browsing Facebook. We can keep on nitpicking like this, because computers aren't cars and in many ways not comparable. I am well aware of that.
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