AV Testing in Dispute?

There was a lot of chatter last month on the validity of AV Test, Microsoft's performance, etc. The Register did a writeup on it here.I think the debates are ridiculous, personally. In the absence of any other form of remotely scientific test what can we do. Yes, there are holes in the methodology based on what wasn't caught before, etc. I have yet to see a alternative to this test today. With that, we need to acknowledge the gaps and appreciate it for what it is.