I have more of a “cracker jack philosophy” on this issue. I like the Nec 3500AG, but I also like Plextor, Lite-on, Benq, Pioneer, Asus, Msi, etc… brands. I have no loyalty to either one. I go for whatever suits my needs. If the Plextor, Pioneer, etc… are the best, but they don’t meet my standards in terms of affordability and performance, then I could care less!
People will always have biases. People will always have different opinions because everyone is so different from each other in terms of cultures, race, knowledge, upbringing, etc… I embrace people who share similar opinions, but don’t hate those that don’t. They have their opinions and I have mine. The only thing to do is accept it and move on. You can’t force people to change. To me this whole argument is irrevelant. It’s the same idea as “Are human behaviors more environmentally or genetically influenced?” Who cares!!! Why does it have to be one or the other? Life is dynamic, and it is dynamic with time. We are a product of both. A complex of interactions between our genes and the environment.
Why not argue which product will bring the greatest common good to all people regardless of race, knowledge, culture, etc…? If the Nec brings you joy, then that’s great! If it doesn’t then that’s fine too! Find something that works for you.