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nVidia/AMD Merger Announced 221

zombieking noted that AMD is merging with nVidia. The new company will be called AmVidia, and will be using non-MS operating systems exclusively to get around the problems they've been having with getting support from tier one OEMs.
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  • April fools (Score:2, Informative)

    by sbrown123 ( 229895 )
    Yeah. This one is too easy to spot. I like the ones that keep you guessing.
  • by MantridDronemaker ( 541253 ) on Monday April 01, 2002 @02:37PM (#3266556) Homepage
    How many April Fools stories do we need? Besides it's past noon here!
    • Well, they'll keep it going with _only_ April Fool's jokes until there is no 1st of April left in the world. That's a lot more than 24 hours, I'm afraid..
    • by freeweed ( 309734 ) on Monday April 01, 2002 @02:42PM (#3266606)
      How many April Fools stories do we need? Besides it's past noon here!

      You do of course realize that April Fool's day is precisely that... a DAY. The whole "it ends at noon" thing was just invented by teachers who were sick of losing an entire day of school due to pranks.

      Along similar lines is "Halloween ends at 8pm (or any time really)" started by a lot of small towns, to keep kids from wandering the streets all night.

      And no, this post ISN'T an April Fool's post.

      And yes, I don't think it's quite necessary to spend a whole day posting nonsense. The entire point of an April Fool's is that you can't automatically spot it.
      • Nope.

        Historically it's been a "till noon" thing. In fact, there are many rhymes that have traditionally been recited when someone attempted to pull an April Fools prank on a would-be party after 12.00, something akin to:
        April Fools has come and gone / You're the Fool and I am none.

        That's the one I'd heard as a kid. For others similar, go here []

    • by Damek ( 515688 ) <adam.damek@org> on Monday April 01, 2002 @03:06PM (#3266724) Homepage
      That's "+5 Informative" ??! No it's not!

      If that's +5 Informative, then this is +5 Insightful! :P
    • Bill Gates Admits Pay-Off For Easy DoJ Settlement. "We funneled campaign contributions through house-of-cards Enron", admits billionaire. Truth revealed from sole box of shreded documents Enron employee took home for packing material.

      Quake 3 Arena masters traced to chimpanzees in animal research lab at University of Michigan. Lab staff stunned at finding, "No wonder they were so wiped out every morning," states unnamed intern, "we thought it was all the Caffeine we were giving them in their food." Primates found way out of cages and used networked research workstations to thrash "higher life forms." Conseling to be made available to several Ann Arbor and two Holland, Michigan residents

      Tom Cruise and John Travolta admit they're going to marry each other. "The Church of Scientology brought us together", says Cruise. Penelope Cruz said to be seeking solace with Jenna Elfman.

      Open Source Coding Makes You Virile. Closed Source coders make up bulk of on-line Viagara and herbal remedy purchasers, according to Department of Health and Human Services study. This, of course, comes as a complete surprise to no-one.

      Spam actually pays big returns. In a totally ironic twist, Ernie Veeblefetzer or Wabash, Indiana, passes Larry Ellison on Forbes richest indivitual list. Veeblefetzer claims made it all by selling penny stocks within a day of receiving unsolicited email recommending 'Buy' "I've always been contrary", says Ernie, "but now I want to do good things, like give everyone in town a T1 connection so we can used AOL without any net lag."

      User Friendly comic creator, Illiad, signs contract with Universal Press Syndicate. "We'll replace Cathy with it, since the drawing is a few notches better and it's actually funny", sais UPS spokesman.

  • by Baalam ( 163817 )
    April Fool's
  • by wholesomegrits ( 155981 ) <> on Monday April 01, 2002 @02:37PM (#3266558)
    That we'll see new processors and chipsets that run even hotter and hotter, constantly under litigation, and have stability issues? I can't wait.
  • enough is enough.
  • April 1st post (Score:1, Offtopic)

    by Lars T. ( 470328 )
    Or what? Not a bad one.
  • Hey, I've got a great bridge on sale for cheap.

    Come on... you've got to make them harder to spot than that.
  • I looked at the front page and my jaw hung open for about 10 seconds, then I realised what todays date is.
  • Too bad this isn't true.
  • How? (Score:2, Interesting)

    by ImaLamer ( 260199 )
    How does slashdot get these sites to put up these articles?

    I guess that is why all the hardware reviews come from Tom.

    Slashvertisements have begun.
    • April fools is a national thing not just a /. thing

      I'm starting to question the whole Teoma [] thing a little also...
      • I understand that it's a national thing [duh].

        I was just wondering....
  • I have not laughed that hard the whole day. Seriously. Yawn.
  • Had enough? (Score:3, Insightful)

    by e1en0r ( 529063 ) on Monday April 01, 2002 @02:39PM (#3266571) Homepage
    It's bad enough that everytime I look at my SlashApp when my boss is at my desk it says "Your Sexual Performance", but now my number one procrastination is making me actually want to do work to escape the jokes.
  • It's official (Score:3, Informative)

    by red5 ( 51324 ) <gired5@gma[ ]com ['il.' in gap]> on Monday April 01, 2002 @02:39PM (#3266572) Homepage Journal
    It's official These April fools have gotten.
    You know traditionally Aprilfools ends at noon.
  • Now! (Score:2, Funny)

    and Microsoft if making a bid for the Vatican! (

    mmmm and maybe the first post??
  • Rob: (Score:2, Insightful)

    Thank you for the humor today, but after 4 or so stories, you've made a good prank into overkill (at best).

    Enough already. Thanx.
  • Looks like the typical April 1 fake news story to me.
  • Now if it was an Intel+Micro$oft+IBM merger, i would bite :o)
  • Enough Already! (Score:2, Insightful)

    by phorge ( 93821 )
    How many April Fools posts can Slashdot make in one day?

    -Note to admins, that's not a challenge.
  • This has got to be the funniest line today....

    Bill Gates is believed to have told a gathering of his highest ranking officers, "Well, boys, I am really, really rich. This is your problem. Bye."

  • Bill Gates is believed to have told a gathering of his highest ranking officers, "Well, boys, I am really, really rich. This is your problem. Bye."

    how many more april fool's will we have to endure ? :)
  • This just SMACKS of april fools day. It's too weird tho, so maybe it is real.
  • oh why (Score:4, Funny)

    by drDugan ( 219551 ) on Monday April 01, 2002 @02:41PM (#3266583) Homepage

    oh why did i log onto slash today?

    every year I try to get throug the whole day
    without someone pulling an april fools joke
    on me

    (I also try and avoid the silly "See you next
    year!" between Dec 20-Jan1 each year)


    I almost made it this year, planning not to
    leave me room the whole day. Then I log on
    and I get fooled by a slash post.


    I have yet to make it through this blasted day

    • oh why did i log onto slash today? every year I try to get throug[h] the whole day without someone pulling an april fools joke on me.

      Spending as much time on Slashdot today should guarantee your safety. None of the stories posted have approached measurable hilarity factor. Exception that proves the rule: the use of pigeons by Google. On the other hand, the humor was worn right off that story by the frequent mentions in user posts both before and after its appearance on the 'dot.

  • Enough is enough. This is nto funny.
  • The link on Tom's site is slashdotted!
    So much for April Fool's! :)
  • by Tompie ( 38567 )
    Now that was a hard one... What about Hercintel?
  • by i_am_nitrogen ( 524475 ) on Monday April 01, 2002 @02:41PM (#3266592) Homepage Journal
    In related news, Debian and RedHat are getting along and producing a joint product called Red Planut Linux, Linus Torvalds won the lottery and donated 80% to the EFF and FSF, and Bill Gates' second and third personal jets collided into each other in a fatal accident.
  • ouch... (Score:2, Interesting)

    by jcw2112 ( 147992 ) dammit, THIS one i wouldn't mind being true...
  • Yep... (Score:1, Funny)

    by cperciva ( 102828 )
    The idea of linux becoming a major desktop operating system is a pretty good april fools joke.
  • OK, OK, ENOUGH!!! I mean, now it's impossible to have a discussion about anything! NO ONE is going to bother reading down stories like this. NO ONE is going to moderate, NO ONE CARES ANYMORE! geez, i goin' back to bed.
  • on the THG page ilfool-01.html
    so it's easy to spot
  • by hackus ( 159037 )
    This is interesting.

    I thought Nvidia was in the pocket of MS? (i.e. Graphics Engine Hardware for Xbox)

    Then they want to use AMD as a method of exactly WHAT? Getting around the licensing and technology exclusion contracts they already have with MS on a different OS platform?

    It almost makes sense for AMD now to start manufacturing chipset designs for its CPU/Graphics hardware. In essence, making thier own motherboard products.

    I don't believe AMD makes thier own motherboards like iNTEL does.

    Do they?

    I have never used anything but intel CPU's and chipsets in all my server designs.
    (Almost all of which are SuperMicro P4DC6 variety.)

    Makes a hell of a Oracle server. Vrrrrroooooom!

  • You mean that now I will have a GeForce XP 600mhz actually running at 300 but faster than all other boards running at 1000?
  • Here I am 3 hours from Chicago, and there are 3 inches of snow on the ground. I can't get anything resembling the truth from my favorite technical newsite, and our old SCO system in the accounting department finally died this morning.

    What a lousy day.

  • Wow. The parade of geek hilarity never ends. I bet taco is a big hit at parties.

  • I forgot it was april 1st (coming back from an exam) and this one actually had me for a couple of seconds. Damn. /. got me again!. Just u wait till next year /.

  • Netscape announces its merger with Yahoo..

    The new company will be headquartered in Israel and is expected to change its
    name to Netanyahu within the next few weeks.

  • ARgggghh! I can't take it anymore. These have all been lame, lame, lame!

  • Overheard at an Intel meeting...

    AMVidia or DAMN!Vidia??
  • Stop it >:O
  • Anyone remember the show "Almost Live!", which was based from Seattle and was where Bill Nye got his start? There used to be a segment called "The Lame List" where classic 80s punks would headbang as lame items were read off the list.

    Boy, I realllllllly wish I had long hair right now for today's April 1st performance of Slashdot.

  • ...fools in a row on the front page. Who's clever enough to post something that looks like a fool, smells like a fool, but is, in fact, the truth? These ones are too easy to spot.
  • Slashdot has got to be the best place to find all the April fools jokes on the net. I don't even have to browse through story after story looking for a lame one to question as real or fake. They are all presented for me here to oggle and laugh at with millions of other /.ers. And I thought onion was America's finest news source.
  • Microsoft is a closed-door session in an attempt to buy the United States Government and end the Anti-Trust suit against them.

  • That's just too funny. I especially like the parts about "", and buying out AMD with "excess nForce stock in the channel".

  • Damnit I hate this stupid day every damn year.
  • by foo fighter ( 151863 ) on Monday April 01, 2002 @02:47PM (#3266641) Homepage
    I finally get some moderator points, but it's on April 1. Damn it!
  • This company seems to good to be true for the /. crowd. Maybe if the story was "AOL/Time-Warner merges with Microsoft", then a good laugh would have been heard through the web...
  • But I find this hard to believe coming at the same time as the retirement of AMD's long time CEO. If we could only get some real news today, posted by someone other than Rob, I'd be thrilled.

    ---- [], It ain't no summer sausage.
  • if it's funny. look into it.
  • by Otter ( 3800 ) on Monday April 01, 2002 @02:48PM (#3266647) Journal
    Having used all 5 mod points on other posts begging for a halt, here's my own.

    I remember when there was a prank or two on the Net and everyone got a good laugh out of it. But every site cranking out tedious joke after tedious joke -- enough already. Of course, I'm speaking to the audience that thinks recursive acronym project names and cutesy-stupid Gnome release names are funny.

    Remember the post from "Linus" [] to the LKML demanding that the free software community practice better personal hygiene? That's the sort of thing I want to be seeing.

    Whatever happened to Shoeboy anyway?

    • Here's today's kernel mailing list joke. []

      Now that's an april fool's joke. Makes you laugh and scares the crap out of you at the same time.
    • Just so we're clear... recursive acronyms can be cool, as long as they aren't of the form F--B [is or isn't] Bar. Try this recursive acronym on for size (courtesy of Guy Steele):
      Recursive Acronyms Such As RASARAW Are Wonderful.
    • I dunno, Apr 1 seems to be morphing into a universal net holiday, of sorts. Nothing official, no time of, but everybody recognizes it and does something with it. Yes, the jokes could be better. But the surrounding phenomenon is interesting, to say the least.

      I mean, why AFD? The fact that it's such a popular holiday on "geek" sites like /. could give some insight into the psychology of the culture.

      Or maybe I'm thinking about it too much.

      • I mean, why AFD?

        Maybe because it's the least commercialized of all the "holidays", so it feels like it still belongs to the people, so we don't have to be ashamed to be a part of it. Or maybe it's because geeks think their technical superiority extends to wit? Or maybe it's by virtue of the fact that AFD makes a perfect match for the medium and is accessible by all? *shrug*


    • Remember the post from "Linus" [] to the LKML demanding that the free software community practice better personal hygiene? That's the sort of thing I want to be seeing.

      How about the story [] on linuxtoday about Linus abondoning Linux? I found some amusement there.

      I have to admit, I thought Alan Cox's 8086 Linux [] (complete with web server) was a joke until I followed the link to elks [].


    • I dunno... I kinda liked this years stories, compared to previous years'.

  • EARTH TO TACO (Score:2, Insightful)


    This is like reading segfault. Remember them? They died because THEY WEREN'T FUNNY EITHER.

    Reading Slashdot on April Fool's Day is like watching my grandmother do "airline food" jokes. Just sad.

    Note to submitters: If you start your story with "In a shocking move..." just shoot yourself instead of thinking you are funny. BECAUSE YOU ARE NOT!

    • Re:EARTH TO TACO (Score:3, Interesting)

      by wedg ( 145806 )
      Earth to previous poster?

      The story is linked to an article on Tom's Hardware. E.g. it's not Taco's joke. E.g. go yell at Tom.

      And you are not funny either. Just annoying.
  • They keep posting april fools too much... We should get back at them. Next year, the day after april fools, we should all get together, make up a real-sounding fake story and send it in by the masses, fool the editors into posting it, then laugh at them.
    • Next year, the day after april fools, we should all get together, make up a real-sounding fake story and send it in by the masses, fool the editors into posting it, then laugh at them.

      Did you just show up? Apprently you're not aware of what goes on the other 364 days of the year.

  • He loves annoying others

    Slave to a tradition that was never that funny in the first place

    Fact checking on Slashdot has been so bad recently that he thought no one would notice the difference

    CowboyNeal made him do it

  • Seriously (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Smirks ( 115113 )
    All of the April Fools crap is getting out of hand. I can deal with 1 or 2, but every other story is getting a little crazy don't you think?
  • Of course, if this story influences the market you might get a knock on the door from Securities and Exchange Agents. And that won't be an April Fool's day joke.
  • by CanadaDave ( 544515 ) on Monday April 01, 2002 @02:59PM (#3266703) Homepage
    Enough, enough already.
  • I am dumb (Score:2, Funny)

    by Ashcrow ( 469400 )
    I fell for it for half an hour. I give everyone at /. the right to laugh at me today ...
  • I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm just completely unimpressed with the April Fools stories. It was funny the first couple of years, but it's so obvious and tired at this point that they really shouldn't even bother.

    If you're going to do it, at least make the story believable. Writing stories about things that couldn't possibly be true is just way too obvious.
  • Y'know, today would be a perfect day for Microsoft to buy Novell, or ZDNet to buy Andover, or some such other silly shit, because it would take an entire quarter before anybody read the SEC filings and figured out it wasn't a joke.

    In other news, Bruce Springsteen found dead in Natalie Portman's condo of an overdose of hot grits. Police are holding a transient who goes by the name of Cowboy Neal as a material witness, but insist he isn't a suspect.
  • I am not sure if it's all official now, so I guess we have to wait for the announcement which could come any time soon.
    Anyway, it should have been in the in the works for some time. There still seems to be some debate about which kernel to use, but so far it seems that people will get both kernels and be able to choose for themself upon installation, atleast in the Redhat and Mandrake dists.

    On the light side, one could begin to think how they will manage to merge the two mascot's, a daemon penguin would be a fun choice. Can't wait to see what happens
  • by NanoGator ( 522640 ) on Monday April 01, 2002 @03:17PM (#3266779) Homepage Journal
    "Oh I can't stand April Fool's Day, boo hoo!"

    Oh get over it dudes. It's all in fun. Just enjoy it! Seriously. Besides, if any real news did break today, how many of you'd say "oh it's just an April Fool's Joke."

    I can't believe how many whiners we have today. Never mind that somebody's trying to mae you laugh. Oohh no. No you'd prefer hearing about technology that won't affect us for years, anything that's anti-MS, and how Linux makes some minor improvement that should really have happened years ago.

    Give me a break. "I'm going to whine about April Fools." Weenie.
    • Oh get over it dudes. It's all in fun. Just enjoy it! Seriously. Besides, if any real news did break today, how many of you'd say "oh it's just an April Fool's Joke."

      I think it's not so much that people just want the same everyday news, at least that's not the case for me. The annoying thing is, usually on April Fool's Day you try to pull a prank (or several) and trick someone. Most of these April Fool's articles are just things that aren't at all true. This isn't Make-a-Joke Day and it isn't Lying Day. So fool us!

      In any case, I do think many people are being whiners about it (and hopefully this doesn't count as one).

    • ... then i might find it funny. I think the good April Fools jokes are those that one believes in at first, and then only catches when paying attention to the details. All i've seen today are so outrageous that even someone who isn't aware what day it is remembers after glancing at the headline. The thing about April Fools jokes is: they don't work if they're announced as such.

      The newssites are swamped with bogus information, and everyone knows they are (and because most of it is so obvious most people are immediately suspicious anyway, so it's even harder to catch them unawares). As you say, a side effect of this is, that it makes no sense to post real news today, since everyone doubts the integrity of the information. If a newssite made only one joke, and made it hard to find (by making the joke sound half reasonable and doing a lot of "hard to believe" articles (the last casemod article comes to mind) at the same time, then that might be fun.

      Maybe we read about the better April Fools jokes (the ones that took some time to figure out) tomorrow.
  • From a microsoft rep regarding the Xbox success being attributed to Nvidia:

    "A lot of us had been hoping to get out of the whole Windows thing and start making really, really cool 3D games about chicks in bikinis fighting Ninjas. Now, all we have left is a big fat anti-trust lawsuit."

It's fabulous! We haven't seen anything like it in the last half an hour! -- Macy's