"I often say that when you can measure what you are speaking about, and express it in numbers, you know something about it; but when you cannot measure it, when you cannot express it in numbers, your knowledge is of a meagre and unsatisfactory kind; it may be the beginning of knowledge, but you have scarcely in your thoughts advanced to the state of Science, whatever the matter may be." - Kelvin
Is this not relevant in the OS wars when one popular/commonplace EULA forbids benchmarking or bullies/fans/technology evangelists put something down with "That is X@#!&^! LOL use YYYY. It's better."?
A scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.
-- Max Planck