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Comment And yet the geeks/nerds/uninformed... (Score 1, Interesting) 239

keep on buying MonopolisTel chips. AMD processors are just as good, cheaper and you don't support the Microsoft of the hardware world. There actually is a good alternative here.

VermIntel has a lot of shills online, who visit online forums/message boards trying to downplay or dismiss the vast amount of illegal activity they've been up to.

And no friends, this isn't just from 2003 onwards. There are many OEMs, resellers and industry analysts who knew they were doing the same stuff way back in the late 80's at least.

Look at the Nvidia (another anti-competitive corp) vs Intel lawsuit... making OEMs buy atom chips with their accompanying chipset CHEAPER than buying the atoms alone.

Then there's the Vista-capable lawsuit... guess what happened there? Intel had a ton of useless slow video chips but forced Microsoft to allow them to call it Aero (Vista) capable.

Remember how much Intel cheats on benchmarks? How much they pay reviewers? How they cripple non-Intel CPUs in their "industry standard" compiler?

Remember that Skype deal? http://slashdot.org/articles/06/02/13/2015236.shtml

The list goes on and on and on. This is just off the top of my head.

Microsoft (that worthless monopolist scum) gets a well-deserved "fart in their general direction", yet Intel walks scott free.

Intel has been accused and convicted multiple times on several continents. They only just pay a small fraction of the money they fraudulently and illegally made and they walk with nary a geek/nerd/joe sixpack the wiser. They still have a sterling reputation.

Intel = Microsoft (of the hardware world).

Let's see how many slashdotters and/or people of conscience can bring themselves to even acknowledge this.

BTW, I've been Intel and Nvidia-free since 2001. I'm working on the windows part. (I'm a gamer)

Comment Re:Free as in beer; comes with required crapware (Score 0, Troll) 164

That's like saying "Genocide done right".

All DRM is evil, period.

In fact, STEAM is one of the worst forms of DRM that exists... it uses the "boil the frog" technique to lull the public into a false sense of security. But at the end of the day you still have to get permission each time you want to play (no, offline mode doesn't count because 1. it expires after a while and 2. you still have to get STEAM's permission to enter into it in the first place). And the cherry on the top of it all : it eliminates the first sale doctrine. I did hear about how STEAM(Valve) will kindly take your 10 dollars in order to "transfer" a game to someone else...

STEAM is the single most onerous form of DRM out today. The only thing which could top it is Trusted Computing (though that's coming too, but in piecemeal , so as not to disturb the frog).

Comment Re:The reason this is an issue (Score 1) 162

You have the same issues in the open source world. Granted, it's slightly better in that anyone can look at the code but how many people can trust trust? Or how many can decode "Obfuscated C"?

Obfuscation takes care of the software side.... CPU microcode deals with the hardware end and then there are the actual circuits of the processors... remember how they etched "bill sucks" on an Intel (ironic name eh?) CPU? What other goodies are on the chips that go into the worlds systems? Undocumented features? http://clusty.com/search?input-form=clusty-simple&v%3Asources=webplus&query=undocumented+x86

The only computer/compiler/software you can trust is one you build yourself from scratch. Anything else has varying degrees of mistrust.

Comment Not a bargain at all.... (Score 1) 197

Comment Re:Artificial limits R US (tm) (Score 1) 401

64-bit CPUs actually use 40-bit physical addressing (48-bit virtual). So you're not really getting the full range. Not that it matters, since 40-bits should be enough to last 5-10+ years for the vast majority of home users. By then, newer CPUs will be out to take full advantage of 64-bit memory space. There's even talk about 128-bit...


But this is all a moot point, given the massive collusion in the memory market, price fixing will make sure that huge ram systems will only exist in a far off future.

Theory is gray, but the golden tree of life is green. -- Goethe