When the United States was in a space race with the former Soviet Union, it was generally agreed that whichever country landed a human on the moon first would win the hearts and minds of the people of the world. FYI: When the political analysts say people, they really mean the heads of state.
I suppose we won that battle. But somehow I am less worried that we will have to sing "God Save the Queen" if British Telecom is the first to offer wireless MP3 service. Rather than blurring the difference between what is a goal and what is available now, companies should level with us. If they would do that I wouldn't have to look like a grumpy old reporter who likes nothing but bad news. Because it's not that. It's just that somebody has to say that the emperor has no clothes.