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[2]: Congratulations!
by zima on Tue 22nd Nov 2011 22:49 UTC in reply to "RE: Congratulations!"
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I wonder if there is some sort of rule that once a corporation gets to a certain size they HAVE to turn evil.


And, really, it's nothing new; probably largely a reflection of what we, humans, are.
I suppose you don't think (saying "IMHO power ALWAYS corrupts") AMD or Via wouldn't act in a roughly similar fashion, given similar position & circumstances, some opportunity in which they'd saw a chance for them.

Via (who could have easily made the first netbook if Intel hadn't paid off the OEMs) [...] Just think how different things could have been if Intel hadn't rigged the game. Via would have probably come out with netbooks in 04 and used the money they made from those to build even lowered power chips

And come on, don't glorify them. Via had many years for that... yes, OEMs most likely were an important factor - but Intel didn't even necessarily have to intervene (OEMs by themselves preferred to sell machines to "premium" people)

OTOH what Via did, in some of their initiatives (announced, at least; I'm not sure if they were ever really realized), can be largely described as dumping obsolete, uncompetitive, barely useful tech on impoverished people (products of bad value often hurt them the most)

Or consider the "evil" brought by flawed Via chipsets from a decade+ ago. Equally inexpensive but technically competent alternatives were available: Ali Alladin in Super Socket 7 era, SiS chipsets in K7 era - but somehow Via managed to push their own flawed chips to generally dominant position (in the segment), didn't have any qualms about it.
All their issues, instabilities ...think how much additional (unnecessary) stress it brought. How much human creativity and energy it wasted.

When I was a kid we had more than a half a dozen CPUs to choose from as well as 4 different x86 designs. Now we are down to just 3, Intel, AMD and ARM, and if it wasn't for cell phones ARM would be toast as well.

Well, and many of them weren't really that good of a deal; largely died rightfully. OTOH, there are still many embedded architectures (that's where x86 was born) to choose from.

Edited 2011-11-22 22:51 UTC

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