Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 15th Nov 2011 22:32 UTC
Intel You may not realise it, but today one of the most important pieces of technology celebrates its 40th birthday. In November 15, 1971, a company called Intel released its Intel 4004 processor - the first single-chip microprocessor, and one of the most important milestones in computer history.
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RE[3]: Congratulations!
by bassbeast on Sun 20th Nov 2011 10:34 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Congratulations!"
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Wow you are so wrong I don't even know where to begin on your wrongness. Intel wasn't "aggressive" they BRIBED THE OEMS which several OEMs admitted under oath. One likened Intel kickbacks to "cocaine" and there were several quarters during the price wars where the ONLY profits Dell had were Intel kickbacks.

Also you might want to look up "Intel rigs compilers" to see how by simply changing the CPUID on ANY Intel chip from "Genuine Intel" to "Authentic AMD" suddenly the CPU will slow down by nearly 40% on ANY program compiled with the Intel compiler. Wow a single line suddenly causes the entire code to fall apart, how is that possible? Simple Intel is RIGGING their compiler so that ALL code compiled with it, whether the coder wants it or not, looks for the CPUID and if its Intel it gets full SSE up to SSE 3, if not it gets X87 which was depreciated back in 1995!

So this is NOT aggressive marketing, this is complete market rigging. They paid the OEMs massive kickbacks and made it clear those kickbacks were connected with how many AMD chips they carried (which was why you could find Duron/Sempron but not Athlon, as Intel gave them a higher "quota" of Semprons allowed) and when they saw that even the Duron stomped netburst because they had made the pipe too long instead of fixing their problem they rigged the compiler so any CPU that didn't have the right flag got a boat anchor tied to it. Frankly what they did made what MSFT pulled look like a joke and MSFT got put under sanctions for 12 years.

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