If you can't beat them, join them

I am currently in the middle of a big project and temporarily finding it a quite a challenge to maintain the same level of updates as you may have seen in the past. AMD's lack of response together with the apologetic tone from its followers doesn't make it easy either.

To improve the discussion and level of activity I would like to open up the blog to co-authors. I encourage everyone to nominate who they think should be hitting the front page instead of the comments page. Sort of "voluntelling" them to become authors. Anyone courageous enough can also come forward and anyone wishing to remain anonymous can e-mail me at roborat2000@yahoo.com.

I ask only that we maintain our dedication to "truthiness".


Intel and the European DisUnion

I assume everyone is aware that Intel's Munich office along with major computer retailers have been raided.

EU regulators raid Intel offices

BRUSSELS (AFP) — EU antitrust regulators stepped up a probe into microchip giant Intel on Monday by raiding the US company's German offices and computer retailers on suspicions they might have stifled competition.
The European Commission "has reason to believe that the companies concerned may have violated (EU) rules on restrictive business practices and/or abuse of a dominant market position," a statement said. It did not disclose the number or names of companies raided, or divulge where they took place, saying only that "commission officials were accompanied by their counterparts from the relevant national competition authorities."

On the surface there seems to be nothing new here as the EU's obvious distaste for dominant American companies is pretty much well established. It is the behind the scene involvement of the German government that raises a few eyebrows. There is an obvious element of politics involved here and AMD seems to know where and when to pull the strings. One thing anyone needs to know about the European Union is the dis-unity. Behind the curtain, everyone is either fighting for it's own interest, or politicians trying to seek re-election.

Maybe Intel is indeed guilty of violating the EU's competition law and deserve what they got. But then again maybe someone is just trying to save face. Some politician isn't looking good at the moment after granting €262M last year to AMD after promising to run 2 Fabs. Seeing that the AMD bet is a mistake it isn't too hard to imagine why anyone want somebody to blame. In fact it happens more frequently than you think. You have another New York politician who has wasted millions in setting up the infrastructure for an AMD fab that isn't going to happen. Guess what happens next? (Intel gets a subphoena).