>No, the price difference is so the Faithful can run around flaunting their glowing logo and think they are superior people. Bah.
I make no claims about being a superior person but I know that I am having a superior computational experience versus the guy next to me with an Acer laptop running Vista. Credit goes 100% to the glowing logo.
It was worth the Apple tax and I would be overjoyed to continue to pay that tax so that I can use a computer whose UI is not an insult to my intelligence, as limited as that intelligence may be. I wish people would shut up about the proprietary hardware. If you don't "get it", go use Vista or some distro of Linux on commodity hardware. If you like that, fine. A lot of us couldn't be bothered to put up with that crap.
A physicist is an atom's way of knowing about atoms. -- George Wald