Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Who Would Win a Fight Between a Lion and a Tiger?

When we were kids, I'm sure we all asked questions like "Daddy, who would win a fight between a lion and a tiger?". Well I did anyway. And so did Malcolm, a friend of mine in primary school, who asked really imaginative versions of the question, for example "Who would win a fight between a lion and an eagle?" which seemed obvious at first but as we bent our infant minds around the problem we conceded that an eagle has the capability to strike at the eyes of a lion and so win the contest. These days, when I see how quickly our common or garden pussy cats can move, I'm pretty sure the lion would shred the eagle.

Another example was "Who would win a fight between a lion and an elephant" a classic match-up of power, speed, and aggression against bulk and strength. I've seen this one on film, where half or dozen or so lions - if they're hungry enough - can bring down an adult elephant, and it's horrible to see. Normally, though, a single lion is aware that it could be stomped or tusked and an elephant is wise enough not to push a lion too far. In nature, it appears, good sense prevails and that a victory isn't a victory if you're mortally wounded in the process.

Which brings me to Microsoft, Google, and Apple. All having spats with each other recently, all seemingly determined to fight it out, despite the fact that they all have the power to inflict considerable damage on each other. Hopefully, this is just testosterone at work and that good sense will prevail eventually, because one thing is for sure: the customer, you and me, will suffer if any of these guys go head to head, all guns blazing.

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