Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 13th May 2009 10:23 UTC
Intel As was already revealed by eWeek earlier this week, the EU has imposed a massive fine on Intel for abusing its monopoly position. The fine is larger than the one given to Microsoft: 1.06 billion EUR, or 1.44 billion USD, opposed to the 899 million EUR fine imposed upon Microsoft.
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RE[4]: Well done EU!
by mabhatter on Mon 18th May 2009 17:37 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Well done EU!"
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"[q]How is fining a company going to help another company?

How is not fining a monopoly for using its position to keep competition out of a market ever going to stop them from continuing to do so?

Depends; is this the maximum? will Intel just pass it along to their customers instead of changing their ways? it reminds me of the environmental fines that are given out and the company simply just including the fine as part of their 'cost of business' and thus passed it along to the consumer.

Also, lets remember that it was AMD who made the complaint; it doesn't occur out of thin air - again, I go back to choice; I would have an AMD laptop if the OEM vendors didn't load their AMD laptops with anti-open source hardware. [/q]

Along the same lines it wouldn't be fair for AMD to demand third party hardware be bundled either. Of course they could release their OWN wireless chipset like Intel did and bundle that....see where this is going. This is always the problem. When one side plays fair, they're always at the mercy of the other people that won't until a ref steps in and makes a ruling. In the case of wireless it's Broadcom (the anti OSS) who's being squeezed by Intel bundling wireless now so they have to get the sales where they can offering better deals than Atheros can afford to make and OEM's can't afford to be OSS idealistic and have contracts left over from intel PCs to use up, after all, wireless is wireless.

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