Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 19th Sep 2010 20:32 UTC, submitted by sawboss
Intel On a Windows Vista or Vindows 7 disk, all versions of the operating system are present, from Starter to Ultimate, and everything in between. So, if you want too upgrade to a more capable version of Windows down the road, all you need to do is pop the Windows disk in, let Windows Anytime Upgrade do its thing, and you're done. It seems like Intel is experimenting with a similar technology... For its processors.
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Unpleasant experience?
by thavith_osn on Mon 20th Sep 2010 01:43 UTC
thavith_osn
Member since:
2005-07-11

How is buying a computer an unpleasant experience. I love going down and buying one.

I hate shopping for clothes (which I will say is rare) and food.

Cars
Computers
TV's
ummm
you get the idea :-)

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RE: Unpleasant experience?
by Morgan on Mon 20th Sep 2010 02:16 in reply to "Unpleasant experience?"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

Well, you post on OSNews so I'd have to guess that you're a techie. For someone like you or me, this upgrade card BS is transparent and irrelevant. We'll just buy a non-crippled machine, or better yet the parts to build or upgrade our own, and won't be affected by this.

The victims of this scheme are the everyday person who sees a PC as just another appliance in the home. They are the ones who will get pushed into the crippled hardware and talked into the $50 string of characters to unlock what they already had. That's almost pure profit for Intel as it requires no new hardware and only pennies worth of paper and plastic for the functionless upgrade card.

It's a scam, period.

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RE[2]: Unpleasant experience?
by nt_jerkface on Mon 20th Sep 2010 04:58 in reply to "RE: Unpleasant experience?"
nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

Where is the scam? The consumer is being told what he is buying up front.

The level of power provided at the default level is more than adequate for typical use.

You may not like the idea of an artificial limitation but as with software it makes sense from an economical point of view.

They have been doing this with cpus and video cards for years. There are single core AMD cpus that can be unlocked into dual core cpus with a hack. It often makes economic sense to produce a single die and then place an artificial limitation on it to meet low-end demand without cutting into high-end margins. Sure it would be nice if NVIDIA made one high-end gpu and sold it to everyone for $50 but that would mean far less R&D for future products.

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