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Letters And those X86 chip companies are such copycats
Sat Jul 28 2007, 20:08
Subject: OT: British Character


Every night, I watch the U.S. version of the Beeb & am struck by the manner in which the Brits handle adversity. They may have lost all their worldly possessions to the flooding, but they maintain their composure & even seem to look forward to the adventure of it all. Terrorists would do well to learn the nature of such a people & understand that they can't possibly break or terrorize them. Hitler couldn't, Mother Nature tries, and a few Islamic idiots don't have a snowball's chance in Mecca of doing it.

Charles Greene

Subject: Intel's response is misleading.

"The case is based on complaints from a direct competitor rather than customers or consumers, Sewell argues. "The Commission has an obligation to investigate those complaints. However, a Statement of Objections contains only preliminary allegations and does not itself amount to a finding that there has been a violation of European Union law," he said.

In fact the EU has been looking at these complaints for years and states "The SO outlines the Commission's preliminary view that Intel has infringed the EC Treaty rules on abuse of a dominant position (Article 82) with the aim of excluding its main rival, AMD, from the x86 Computer Processing Units (CPU) market."

That quotation is from here.

These are not only allegations of AMD but the allegations believed to be true by the EU. The basis of this story is spun by Intel to be harassment by AMD even though it is based on evidence of Intel's actions in the real world.

Robert Pogson

Subject: Bob & Copycats

"Bobcat" is AMD's answer to a UPMC reference low power chip that Via is already delivering and Intel won't, until at least the middle of next year. Do these X86 chip companies always have to be such copycats?

There is only so many ways you can skin the cat of low power CPU + display controller + chipset. My expectation would be that Bobcat will replace the current Geode LX solution, and target the UMPC, OLPC, POS, industrial user interface etc. markets...

P Dornier

Subject: Cell phones and Fried Brains (yummm)

It seems to me that the twelve people weren't eliminated so much as "quit". I think it really points to psychosomatic (check the spelling) reactions. Although, I would really like to see those twelve that quit buckle down and try and make it through the equivalent of having a cell phone ring next to you. Also, they should do the whole thing double blind with many more samples, not just six. Out of 44 people, it wouldn't be at all surprising if two were able to guess six coin flips in a row. I wouldn't call it proof of ESP. After all, five people in the control group did it. Lets see them try again with fifty samples. If they react so violently that they become physically ill, they should be absolutely fine while the test mast is off.

Just for fun, the first 25 samples should all be off, I bet most of them would STILL drop out due to becoming too sick.


Subject: Snow arrives early in AMD's Sunnyvale


Being at the meeting, I kept thinking, this road map is very ambitious for Intel, let alone AMD. If AMD was making gobs of cash, I may think differently, but its cash constraint only adds to the challenge.


Subject: "Vista problem" or how to use Google

Don't these idiots writing you know how to use Google? Apparently not, because searching for 'vista problem' is just finding all the pages that have the word 'Vista' and the word 'problem' anywhere on the page. It could be something innocuous like someone saying 'well maybe you guys are having trouble, but I have not had one problem with Vista since I installed it!' (surely there are at least three people out there for whom this is true)

The proper search would enclose the search terms in quotes. That's not foolproof because someone might say 'I am having a problem with Vista' so a search on "Vista problem" wouldn't catch it, but until Google cracks natural language processing it'll have to do. But at least it is more likely to be a useful camparison against other searches:

"Vista problem" = 149,000
"XP problem" = 195,000
"Windows problem" = 592,000
"mac problem" = 53,000
"OS X problem" = 15,200
"Linux problem" = 112,000
"Redhat problem" = 621

I don't know that these values are very useful either, but it is ridiculous to use unbounded searches that look for two words to appear anywhere on the page and claim that has anything at all to do with the number of problems a particular OS has.

It probably also indicates something about the quality (or lack) of support. I would think that there would be a lot of people with Linux problems because many Linux users are using a free distribution without support and have to troubleshoot their own problems, or call a friend who can do it for them. Those who pay a company like Redhat for support are more likely to go to them first to see if they have a solution on hand so relatively few of their problems end up getting posted.


Subject: Snow arrives early in AMD's Sunnyvale

That was a pretty long winded article to state the obvious- AMD may or may not deliver their promises on time? Great analysis


Subject: mobile phone masts

I believe you will find that the main problem with mobile phone masts is that those complaining about problems due to them come with brains pre-fried.

These individuals, were their claims true, would display a remarkable ability to biologically filter EM fields depending on their intended use, ignoring TV, radio, and other bits of the spectrum whilst being affected negatively only be electromagnetic waves intended for mobile phones.

Another somewhat eyebrow-raising aspect of this effect is that it only appears to happen in the UK. Perhaps these types of people can also filter out archaic 2.5g tech, and thus are not affected in the United States, where nary a word about masts is spoken?

As far as a solution to this idiotic paranoia goes, my only suggestion is this: Tell these luddites that the masts are being cranked up by 30% every day until they keel over from the self-inflicted placebo effect, and be done with the lot of them.


Subject: Ballmer's hand on the tiller

Steve's got his hand on the tiller and his head up his ARSE!

The only thing MICROSUCKS produces is defective goods - as documented by every major country in the world. MICROSUCKS should be held accountable for their massive consumer fraud.


Subject: ITX and other itty bitty computers...

Seeing your article about Via's itty bitty Nano ITX and stuff just stirred my recent memory of working at one of the embedded/industrial computer maker...

At the time I was doing some alpha testing on both Intel and VIA based boards. As you are part of the media, you know how loudly VIA screams about their design being more power efficient and produces more MIPS per watt or whatever.

But from what I have tested personally, it begs to differ. Their embedded CPU when compared to Intel's, runs hotter, consume more power and is extremely slow. I remember where one 800MHz~1GHz Eden CPU ran so very slowly during normal tests, and I found out why not too long later, when the reliability tests started. MEMTEST reports the MAIN MEMORY bandwidth to be less than 133MB/s, yes, this is not PCI bandwidth I'm testing, this is SDRAM Bandwidth... Cache bandwidth is quite pathetic as well, well below 1GB/s.

A Celeron M on the other hand, runs at a much higher speed and uses a lot less power. I cannot remember the exact figure, but I would say that even Windows installation runs about 2 to 3 times faster on a similarly clocked and equipted machine. As for power consumption, I measured it with a current probe on a scope, and intel Celeron Ms are actually drawing less power than VIA's wasteful Eden. Both me and my former coworkers were quite disgusted by VIA's shameless claim of performance.

I used to work at a company that have some slim ties to Advantech, but also competes with them. That I guess, is all I should say about my former employer. If any of you is interested, I suppose it should not be too hard to aquire a board of each CPU type and just very simply run MEMTEST, I believe you'd be as shocked as I was.


Subject: Boxing Nick Farrell

Sorry, that might've been me who put that there. I was bored one day and added a list of Inq staffers to the Inq article, and was amused to see that there already was a Nick Farrell, and although I could've done something useful and made a page for you, you're a bit of an arse, so I just tagged something about you onto the end of the boxer's article instead.

It's not as if anyone takes the Wikipedia seriously, is it?

An anonymous wikipedia troll

Subject: Chip stocks plummet as markets get jitters

"STEWIE" AKA myself, has mentioned volatility as stock ingrediant of profit in letters on Now is another perfect chance to catch donkey by tail.

After reserching AMD, image is completely bleak. AMD is 2.2 billion in debt, Lost 600 million (all US Dollar) in past quarter & AMD most recent profitable quarter, quite few quarters ago was mere 119 million. This leads me to seeing about one years cash reserve, then sale or bankruptcy. In ethier event court will decide for despondednt BANK or investor group that owns default loan whom will AMD be forced to BED with or meets trading restrictions.

No wonder AMD bought ATI, theres nothing left that AMD is capable of advancing in premier high end field. AMD is defunct right now, as top engineering staff has been let go over course of past year, Top Bow-Wow from ATI left & AMD is failing on any future roadmap. Failing? Well lets say by claiming performance that is 33% to 50%+ more than actual processor true ability, AMD has PRICED itself to DEATH (and out of market) in mere 5 years.

Would you BUY AMD in such unsettled MESS? Maybe for FREE.


Subject: Big software firms have fewer holes

This ignores the fact that a large arrogant company like Micr0$0ft intentionally designs in "holes" (eh-hem, "Undocumented Features") that are routinely exploited by the malware writers who find them.


Subject: AMD's blizzard

How much easier it would be for AMD to merely state, "Look folks, what we are going to do is continue to improve the performance of our processors against the x86-64 architecture through implementing multiple cores, some of which may end up becoming specialized coprocessors, by implementing features which incorporate what GPUs and GPGPUs do within the processor, and by continuing to improve our processes for smaller, faster, less expensive (not cheap, cheap denotes lesser quality) products over a wide range from embedded applications to high end HPC."

Better than all this roadmap crap, most of which gets abandoned anyway.

That's what you get when you get marketing types involves. Small minds can't handle more than bite-sized bits.

Rich Wargo

Subject: Keyboards...and LCDs

Dell is also backed up on many LCDs. Up to 2 weeks in some cases.

We have no choice but to wait. Some the staff here are stuck with Celeron 800 MHz machines a little longer.


Subject: AMD's Fusion

Why not rename it with The Inquirer© style to CON-Fusion? :) con+fusion leads to confusion.. eh



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