How do you take down the guy who gave us the iPhone, the iPad and the wrinkle-free turtleneck? It helps if you speak fluent nerd.

During an earnings call Monday, Apple CEO Steve Jobs issued what has been described as a five-minute rant (but sounds more like a five-minute reading enthusiastically, if you ask us) about his main mobile rival, Google’s Android. Jobs also dismissed his other competitors, including RIM, the company that makes the BlackBerry.

The man behind the Android, Google’s Andy Rubin, responded by tweeting (for the first time) in code:

the definition of open: “mkdir android ; cd android ; repo init -u git:// ; repo sync ; make”

According to, “Translated into human, that’s the code you need to use Android in its open source form.”

One of the CEOs of RIM responded by suggesting that Jobs and Co. live in a “distortion field.”

That may be true judging by comments from TweetDeck CEO Iain Dodsworth. Jobs used Dodsworth’s popular Twitter client as an example of the “daunting challenge” of writing apps for Android. The developer took to Twitter to refute Jobs’ claims. — PZS

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