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Microsoft, Sony Clash Over Vista Turbo Memory 161

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the why-can't-we-just-get-along dept.
Anonymous writes "Sony is claiming that the current release of Vista does not support Intel's Turbo Memory technology, but Microsoft has dismissed the allegation. If Microsoft is telling the truth then all is well. But if Sony is right, Microsoft has opened itself to being sued for deceptive marketing practices."
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Microsoft, Sony Clash Over Vista Turbo Memory

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  • Its all marketing... (Score:1, Interesting)

    by click2005 (921437) on Sunday June 10, 2007 @10:35AM (#19457893)
    Sony is dying because of the way they've been treating their customers lately.

    By attacking one of the few companies more hated than them, they're trying to re-direct some of their bad karma.
  • by Joe The Dragon (967727) on Sunday June 10, 2007 @10:56AM (#19458011)
    does not work in the way that it was marketed as giving a nice speed up and M$ just pushed it back to vista sp1.
  • Sony is right... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by gweihir (88907) on Sunday June 10, 2007 @11:16AM (#19458113)
    There was a test recently in the german gamers magazine Gamestar, and they found that ''turbo memory'' did nios speed things up at all in a number of different set-ups they tested.
  • The real problem... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Eric Damron (553630) on Sunday June 10, 2007 @11:22AM (#19458145)
    "The issue is that the OS needs to learn what to load into the Robson memory in order to increase performance," Sony said."

    It sounds to me like Microsoft may have implemented it poorly so it's a feature that doesn't really help.

    How many people here are old enough to remember the transistor radio? I remember the big thing was to get a five transistor radio. That was a radio with five (5) transistors. And they had five too but if you looked you might see that one of the three leads on two of the transistors were cut.

    Unscrupulous companies were putting five transistors into their radios so that they could advertise that feature but they were using two of them as simple diodes not as transistors. What you paid for was a five transistor radio but what you got was a in effect three transistor radio. You couldn't really sue because the unit had all five transistors, just some of them weren't being used as transistors.
  • by westlake (615356) on Sunday June 10, 2007 @11:39AM (#19458241)
    By attacking one of the few companies more hated than them, they're trying to re-direct some of their bad karma.

    Bad karma? What bad karma?

    Microsoft Corp. founder Bill Gates proved even more appealing than cuddly babies in the eighth-annual Harris Interactive/The Wall Street Journal ranking of the world's best and worst corporate reputations.
    Top-ranked Microsoft managed to beat Johnson & Johnson, whose emotionally appealing baby-products business had kept it in first place for a remarkable seven consecutive years. In the Reputation Quotient survey conducted by market-research firm Harris Interactive Inc., respondents gave Microsoft very high marks for leadership and financial results. But Mr. Gates's personal philanthropy also boosted the public's opinion of Microsoft. How Boss's Deeds Buff A Firm's Reputation [wsj.com]

    Apple ranked 22nd in the Harris poll.

  • by msauve (701917) on Sunday June 10, 2007 @12:43PM (#19458637)
    It's interesting that Intel themselves calls it an "entirely new system innovation for Windows Vista PCs..." [intel.com] and says that it "Works on Windows Vista only." [intel.com]

    Perhaps you can point to the specification which would allow it to be used by other operating systems. If I have a dual-boot system, does the specification allow it to keep info for each? If so, how is it determined which OS gets use of how much of this memory?
  • Re:From TF Intel.com (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Zeinfeld (263942) on Sunday June 10, 2007 @12:49PM (#19458689) Homepage
    What appears to be going on here is that Microsoft is technically correct in stating that Turbo Memory is supported. Sony appears to be incorrect in claiming that it is not but may well be correct in stating that first generation support does not improve performance as it should.

    Looks to me more like Sony overstating their case in explaining why they are not offering support now.

    Why anyone would expect this to work 100% till the first service patch is beyond me.

  • by EmbeddedJanitor (597831) on Sunday June 10, 2007 @01:18PM (#19458889)
    When presidential candidates are debating about evolution you really must wonder how enlightened the masses really are.

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