On Benchmarks In General
The beauty, or perhaps better, the lure of benchmarks, is that they tempt us to not think beyond. Had there been a benchmark for living space in the Stone Age, we might still be living in cages, at least if the modern attitude to benchmarks had already been applied then.
Far too often, benchmarks serve as a distraction from what would matter more, but is not quite as easily shown, or more desirable, but not as easily achieved.
In that sense, below are a few links that lead to either comments on how to view and deal with specific benchmarks in different ways, or to alter existing and popular benchmarks.