Honestly, your command of English always impresses me.
Then my spoken English will probably disappoint you someday.
Actually anyone totally fluent in two languages impresses me. You may not know this but "beat BFL to the punch" is just an expression that means "get yours done first".
I indeed didn't know. It is truer and truer to me that learning phrases takes a lifetime.
Historically BFL has been late on every one of their schedule predictions so I expect they will be late on this one. I am betting they may even be very late. Given that, you have a pretty good chance of being first to have a working ASIC.
If I reply to this then my whole reply is innocent (not hijacking the thread).
I'm not in the right position to comment our competitors, but we cannot rely on a small sample space of two events to make our plans and decisions, so we have to presume that there might be at least another brand of ASICs out in the network, or we will be over-optimistic.