Originally Posted by DrDoppio
Do you really believe that anyone on Android fan sites spends time discussing how much iOS sucks?
You thought that you were asking a rhetorical question and that a negative answer was obvious on the face of it, but...
There is an Android fan (and Apple hater) in my office that does EXACTLY that. A few times a week, he stops by my office to needle me about some perceived flaw or inconvenience in the Apple model, especially with regard to the iOS walled garden. I just listen and then finish my day.
Sure, that's only one example, but we see it on AI as well. People do, in fact, jump right on over here to this Apple forum and discuss how much Apple sucks. Some of those are just drive-by bashers that enjoy tweaking other people's noses just for kicks, but others are quite fervent in their anti-Apple religion. So do I really believe that anyone on Android fan sites spends time discussing how much iOS sucks? Yes. I really believe that some do. Not everybody, mind you, and certainly not a huge fraction of the time. But some of this behavior must be there too. It is a cultural phenomenon for any successful company to have its legion of haters that take their fight to any and every forum.
When it came to Mac OS X's lower rate of exploits in the wild, some of these haters turned the table on Apple and suggested that this was only a result of security through obscurity (as the poster above mentioned). Their mantra: the lack of viruses on Mac OS X is only proof of how small the market share is, for what self-respecting virus writer would even waste his time trying to hurt such a small group of people? And you know what? There may have been a small bit of truth to that, although Microsoft made its security bed a long time ago when it decided that applications would run with full privileges. They managed to put their finger in that dike over the last decade, but new leaks spring up at a spectacular rate, and their reputation has been sealed. Meanwhile, the Mac OS plods on with its lower (but rapidly increasing) market share.
Now that the Mac OS is heading down the same road that iOS traveled (i.e. with the App Store walled garden approach) its security will improve. The flip side is that getting weird and flexible apps for your machines will be harder. And my office-mate will continue to bash. That's fine. I'll enjoy the simplicity and security, and he can enjoy his hobby.