Here are ten reasons that Windows Phone 7 is better than Android. Of course, the real question is whether or not it matters. WinPhone is trying to occupy that sweet spot between an extremely inflexible iPhone and the WinMo-like chaos of Android. When I have to make the move away from WinMo, I still don’t know if it will be to WinPhone or Android. Probably the latter, but if Microsoft can provide what I want, I will (somewhat begrudgingly) accept the closed environment.

Farhad Manjoo says that this year may be The Year of Microsoft. I’m skeptical of Windows Phone 7, but wish them all the best. I don’t have a strong opinion on Windows 8. It’s hard to see how it will be revolutionary, though. Maybe I’m just sour because they killed the idea of a real computer-tablet.

One thing that Microsoft never got right with Windows Mobile was getting users off the stylus. Oddly, Samsung wants to bring the stylus back. It feels a little like full circle. It actually makes sense, though. There are times to use your fingers and times a stylus is better. It just strikes me as “odd” from a marketing perspective. Styluses are just considered old hat, no matter how practical.

James Joyner provides a level-headed perspective to the urinating soldiers.

Vladimir Putin is a very bad egg, but he’s got “cool” down pat. Whale hunting with crossbows? It’s almost enough to make up for the plastic surgery.

Is Japan’s failure, the “lost decade” a myth? Matthew Yglesias says it is not. If Nanani is still reading, I’d love to hear her perspective.

Hasbro is suing Asus for the latter naming their tablet the Transformer. This article says that they probably don’t have a case because nobody is going to confuse a toy with a tablet. But with Verizon paying George Lucas for the Droid name, it strikes me that there is precedent. The Transformer is actually supposed to be one of the best tablets on the market.

I could have sworn that I wrote on this before – and my apologies if I have – but I can’t find it.


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8 Responses to Linkluster:US Attorneys

  1. Peter says:

    Hasbro is suing Asus for the latter naming their tablet the Transformer. This article says that they probably don’t have a case because nobody is going to confuse a toy with a tablet.

    When Toyota was developing the Lexus brand in the late 1980’s it faced a legal challenge from the Lexis computer research service. While Toyota (obviously) prevailed, it was a tough battle and not inconceiveably could have gone the other way. If there is at least an arguable claim that a car brand and a computer research service with similar but not identical names could be confused, it seems to be that there is a much stronger case that the two Transformers could be confused.

  2. trumwill says:

    Peter, sounds right to me.

    Didn’t know that about Lexus/Lexis. They might have overlapping clientelle, but that’s about it.

  3. Kirk says:

    The case of the urinating soldiers makes me wonder: what do we normally do with dead enemy combatants? I can’t imagine it would be practical to bury them on-site, so do we fly them to a location where we can bury them more easily? Or do we just leave the bodies where they fell, figuring their friends will come and take care of it?

  4. Nanani says:

    I’m still around, once in a while.

    I’ve honestly been surprised whenever I encounter mentions of this supposed “lost decade”. Yes, things slowed down after the booming 80s and early 90s, but Japan is not “failed”, unless you somehow consider “not accelerating as fast” to be a form failure.

    The yen is doing fantastic, everything is cheap and good-quality, unemployment is low, life is quite good.

    I don’t know if this helps answer the question, since as mentioned I’m not exactly sure what the myth, or non-myth, is supposed to be.

  5. ScarletKnight says:

    I could have sworn that I wrote on this before – and my apologies if I have – but I can’t find it.

    What is the antecedent of “this”?

  6. trumwill says:

    what do we normally do with dead enemy combatants?

    You know, I really don’t know. A very good question.

  7. trumwill says:

    Nanani,

    Good to see you! You can follow the Yglesias link to get a better idea of what is meant by it. Or google it. The word “failure” was a spectacularly poor choice on my part. I’m not sure anyone thinks that in anything but the hyperbolic sense. But the sense that things did not turn out as they were supposed to. Add to that the extraordinarily political turnover, which I think most people think is economically-influenced when they hear about.

  8. trumwill says:

    What is the antecedent of “this”?

    Something I had in fact mentioned. Forgot to delete the line after I eventually found it.

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