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Look how fast it is… actually it’s not, but who cares

This is how it goes:

  1. someone declares a solution being fast. It’s usually a micro benchmark presented with almost no context.
  2. then someone else shows better numbers from a competing product. It’s a similar micro benchmark performed with a completely different hardware. An apple-to-oranges comparison.
  3. the first person revists the topic and says that actually performance doesn’t matter.

What’s wrong with this?

  1. most of the readers will only see the first post. The attraction for numbers is irresistible.
  2. the very few people seeing the second type of post will already be segregated and dismiss the other results.

The bottom line is that we end up with 2 posts with irrelevant numbers that each group could use to claim theirs is bigger than others. And very few actually learn what’s so (completely) wrong about them.

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