December 20, 2009

Federal Trade Comission Sues INTEL !!


WTF is this gonna mean for gamers?  Wtf is gonna this mean for AMD?  And WTF is this gonna mean for hun­gry chil­dren in Africa?  Prob­a­bly noth­ing at all for the lat­ter, BUT this very well could be a kick in da shorts for Intel and show their true col­ors.  Basi­cal­ly, WTF is the FTC… expla­na­tion: The Fed­er­al Trade Commission’s prin­ci­ple mis­sion is the pro­mo­tion of con­sumer pro­tec­tion and to elim­i­nate what they con­sid­er anti-com­pet­i­tive busi­ness prac­tices.  With more than 1200 employ­ees I’m sure they would have no prob­lem inves­ti­gat­ing a com­pa­ny they sus­pect­ed of not play­ing fair.  The type of law­suit they filed is know as antitrust, or com­pe­ti­tion law.  Check out Wikipedia for fur­ther insight into Com­pe­ti­tion Law, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-trust .
Basi­cal­ly Intel is the worlds largest chip mak­er.  CPU (Cen­tral Pro­cess­ing Unit) chip mak­er that is.  And they are being sued by the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment, but the gov rep­re­sen­ta­tives are say­ing that cus­tomers have been pay­ing too lit­tle for Intel’s prod­ucts?? Appar­ent­ly Intel has been under­cut­ting the com­pe­ti­tion, giv­ing PC buy­ers prices that may have been arti­fi­cial­ly low.  This path could lead to Intel stop­ping AMD in its tracks, and pos­si­ble allow them to com­plete­ly cor­ner the mar­ket and then raise prices to what­ev­er lev­els they want­ed to. 
So WTF is da big deal?  Well besides the pos­si­bil­i­ty of Intel owing the mar­ket and even­tu­al­ly charg­ing inflat­ed prices in the future; it also means that they have not been giv­ing us the per­for­mance from our lap­tops that we should expect by now.  They have charged man­u­fac­tures less for its Atom chipset with inte­grat­ed graph­ics rather than offer­ing a rea­son­able option to have a lap­top with a ded­i­cat­ed video card.  nVidia is hap­py about the FTC’s law­suit, believ­ing that it is nec­es­sary to pre­vent Intel form block­ing com­pe­ti­tion in the GPU mar­ket­place.  The sad thing is it could take as long as 10 years for the case to be set­tled : (  So are con­sumers the real win­ners of this law­suit?  Only time will tell.

1 comment

  1. Crazieman_47 - December 21, 2009 3:09 pm

    I am sure down the road, Intel will be inside us all. By that I mean, they will prob­a­bly say in about 5 years or so dur­ing the process men­tion that this whole law­suit has put a major dent into their mar­ket and they need a bail out to keep alive. To that I say “YOU FAILED MOTHA **** ‘SHut your mouth’ ” But seri­ous­ly do we need to bail out those who failed in their own busi­ness prac­tices? Last time I checked that is what made us “not Com­mu­nis­tic”
    But back to the top­ic… ahem… so they have built their com­pa­ny big­ger and bet­ter than any­one else. They cre­at­ed the most effi­cient fac­to­ries and have sold them selves into the heart of the com­put­ers we buy. You have to assume in all things that the Gen­er­al Pub­lic are going to get the stiff on new tech­nol­o­gy. We will nev­er get the “best of the best” Case and point is the walk­man, remem­ber that? it was a pro­to­type scrapped by sony, and used by its builder in the work shop as a radio and toy until the big boss came along and saw what was going on in the shop and decid­ed to make it some­thing to sell to us. Which took a few many years more, by then we were get­ting the atrack and told it’s the best tech­nol­o­gy.
    ANy­way I per­son­al­ly like monop­oly com­pa­nies, for one rea­son, it makes every­one else work hard­er to be bet­ter than them and take their busi­ness away. Thus the ben­e­fit is put into our pock­et as “bet­ter” tech­nol­o­gy. I say “bet­ter” cause its not like aliens are let­ting us in on our tech so until plas­tics, dia­monds, gold, and ener­gy goes down a path we nev­er thought of before. AKA start work­ing with the Math of elec­tron­ics that Tes­la was work­ing on, you know that math that they try to tell us is not impor­tant and we should stop at what we have and not even both­er to think about extend­ing our math skills beyond. “lies”
    Any­way Keep up the good work Boys your going places

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