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A few years ago you couldn't get away from all the "AMD rocks, Intel is teh sux0rz" comments, whining about Intel's monopoly. Then came the Core 2, and everybody jumped ship for faster speed (plus Intel did a massive ad campaign). And yes, it's always been suspicious / annoying that so many OEMs don't sell enough (or any) AMD chips (ahem, Dell).
I guess the really dumb question is whether Intel would ever consider buying AMD (if the latter dies), letting their engineers work on a separate fork of a cpu "for comparison". Hey, internal competition, better than nothing, right? But there's probably too much personal animosity to let that happen. Still, we all admit "friendly" competition is good ... but not getting along helps nobody.
P.S. Anybody else tired of the SSSE3 / SSE4.1 / 4.2 / 4a / SSE5 / AVX crapola? God forbid they work together to develop a single standard!