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Comment Re:They woke the sleeping giant that was Intel... (Score 1) 497

Mac at the time was using PPC, not x86. Also, Mac in the classroom was (tho this may be changing with the ability to dualboot and the increasing awareness of the Apple brand in consumer electronics) basically non-existent outside of USA (various media and digital art studies excluded).

The thing was that you could take your existing hardware, the real big cost in acquiring and maintaining, and pop Linux on top of it. This then replacing Windows, and then potentially extending the lifetime of the hardware.

If MS did not consider Linux a valid threat, why did they bend over backwards to get XP onto netbooks? Remember that the original Asus eeepc came with a Linux distro installed. And Acer followed suit with Linux on their Aspire one (never mind the OpenSuse install on the MSI wind and its various rebadged variants). XP was destined for retirement, yet MS held on to it rather than giving up netbooks to Linux.

Hell, they had for years up to that point called Linux all kinds of things (including at one point cancer).

Comment Re:They woke the sleeping giant that was Intel... (Score 4, Insightful) 497

We can see some of the same behavior with MS, where they basically stopped doing anything with IE and slowed down considerably the Windows development in the 2k/XP run. Then all of a sudden they find that Mozilla and Linux can be credible threats on the casual home market, their traditional marketing leverage vs corporate office sales. Just consider the quote from Gates about him preferring people pirating Windows than considering alternatives. The central issue is one of mindshare. If a potential employee already knows the product from home, MS can claim that there will be little to no training time once hired.

Comment Re:It's not so much AMD failed (Score 5, Insightful) 497

In essences what AMD was evolution vs Intels attempted revolution. They evolved x86 with a 64-bit extension rather than attempt to revolutionize like Intel went for.

Now however the roles have switched. Intel goes for a evolution, while AMD tries for revolution with their APU concept of shifting floating point onto the GPGPU.

Comment Re:Products (Score 1) 497

Heh, i recall reading about those "exploding" AMDs. Tho i wonder how much of that has changed in recent year, similar to how more than a few arguments against Linux are 10 years old, or more, but never checked to see if they are still valid.

Comment Re:Products (Score 2) 497

This seems to be a repeating pattern in both hardware and software.

Some big name entity makes noise about going with the "little" man supplier, and then their old compatriot casually pass them a back room deal to make them stick with the old compatriots products. I swear, corporate contracts really need to be out in the open, or else they undermine democratic principles.

Comment Re:Historical precedent (Score 1) 825

Never mind that the roman economy functioned for decades before introducing their first gold coin by using copper coins.

Then again, the interpretations of roman currency history is a hot topic to this day.

On that note, i found this a interesting read a few years back:
http://www.amazon.com/Lost-Science-Money-Mythology-Story/dp/1930748035/

Seems to be out of stock now tho.

Comment Re:In Denmark (Score 1) 825

Norway is dropping the 50 øre this year, and i think the 25 øre went out of circulation in the 80s or 90s.

I think there was some musing about turning the 50 kr bill into a coin as well, because they get worn out so quickly. Never mind that we already have a 20 kr coin that makes it surprisingly easy to have several 100 kr rattling around.

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