"Why Apple Actually Lost to Samsung" (Yay! Dvorak is back!)

It’s great to see the “old” John Dvorak back. You remember him – he’s the guy who would take the exact same info the rest of us have, pass it through his Bizzaro World filter and then pass a gaseous column worthy of the name “batshit crazy”.

In recent years, Bizarro Dvorak has lost ground to Rob Enderle as the go to guy for writing pulled out of one’s own ass but he’s come back with a PC Mag column worth its weight in Fool’s Gold.

John Dvorak:

Several times throughout the case, the same point was driven home: the Android phone is identical to, and perhaps better than, the iPhone.

The case and its results, because of Apple testimonies, make it sound as if Apple was suing because a better product evolved.

The obvious question is, “What case was Dvorak watching?”

While fanboys of all stripes may argue about the minutiae of the trial, the average consumer heard only one thing on their local news – “Apple sued Samsung and won”. That’s it. Nothing more. No one not intimately familiar with the trial would have gotten any other message than that.

As always, Dvorak leaves his best for last:

When the iPhone 5 arrives shortly, it will be crunch time for the company. If this is the end of the line for the iPhone, you can point to this lawsuit as the tipping point. It may be the last important iPhone.

I’ve often said, I love these kinds of “Pundit Pronouncements” if only because they are always wrong. Dvorak himself has been more wrong more times than any of us can count. This is the guy who said the original iPhone would be a flop, the iBook would be a flop, the iMac would be a flop and who said, “After this year’s showing, I doubt we’ll ever see another Macworld Expo…” That was two years ago.

Dvorak is famous for his revisionism – or maybe it’s just his inability to remember things clearly. He says, “I’m reminded of how the little-known MP3 gained popularity when the RIAA filed various lawsuits.”

Anyone who lived through the Nineties knows the MP3 format was most certainly NOT “little known”. It was arguably the most popularly transferred non-compressed files on the internet – besides porn. 🙂

So – welcome back John. We’ve missed you!

(thanks to Ted Landau for the link)

World’s Ten Safest Countries to Visit

Divine Caroline:

Do nightmares of instability or violent political upheaval keep you awake at night? Do you shutter at the thought of having your wallet brutally taken from you in a seemingly quiet train station? Do you yearn to travel, but fret over the possibility of a military invasion by a hostile neighbor, or a horrific terrorist attack running your well-laid plans?

Well fear not, worrywarts. Jittery travelers can use good old fashioned statistical analysis to determine the likelihood of such unpleasant occurrences taking place while abroad. Uneasy travelers can mitigate risk by consulting the Global Peace Index prior to choosing their next destination and select a country that can arguably be called one of the ten safest places on Earth to visit.

Spoiler Alert: The majority of you are citizens of a country NOT on this list. I, on the other hand, am a proud citizen of #8 (*#8*!? WTF? How the hell did those other countries beat us!?). 🙂

Hey, Browncoats….pre-order this…

But it ain’t all buttons and charts, little albatross. You know what the first rule of flying’ is? Love. You can know all the math in the ‘Verse, but take a boat in the air you don’t love, she’ll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps her in the air when she oughta fall down, tells ya she’s hurtin’ fore she keens. Makes her a home.
– Captain Malcolm Reynolds

"We're Not Going to Let Our Campaign Be Dictated by Fact-Checkers"

The Atlantic:

The New York Times, in a front-page story, flatly stated that a Romney ad was “falsely charging that Mr. Obama has ‘quietly announced’ plans to eliminate work and job training requirements for welfare beneficiaries.”

The Romney campaign is simply swatting aside the media’s objections to its welfare ad: “We’re not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers,” said Neil Newhouse, a Romney pollster.

To me, that’s the saddest quote I’ve read this year. It also encapsulates our “post facts” era. It doesn’t matter if it’s true or not. Keep saying it enough and people – those who don’t think, those who won’t think – will believe you and worse, pass it on to others.

Our electorate is getting stupider. But it’s because our politicians are getter more dishonest.

(thanks to Dan Frakes for the quote)