80% of my servers run AMD. 90% of my desktops run VIA. The rest of the CPUs are Intel.
Intel PR Troll? Not in the least. Ridiculously pragmatic individual that doesn't trust /any/ corporation? Very much so!
I also think that a few billion dollars is significantly less money than you think it is. There are many corporations (and indeed individuals) for whom that's "walking around money." There's muchos big time dineros to be made in the chip business; worth the investment by someone who knows what they are doing. Personally, I expect to see at least one new entrant within the next 5 years, and 10 years from now Intel to have lost 10% market share to strengthened competition and this new entrant.
Maybe it won’t work out that way, but it’s how I currently believe it will play out. It’s also how I personally hope it will play out. Intel needs to learn a lesson or five, and with luck it would trickle down to the rest of the arrogant IT Megacorps.
Namely: quit screwing everyone just because your company is huge, and actually innovate. Innovation is why your company became huge in the first place you ****ing twits.
I read my post as “someone who figured the corrupt yanks would just let the bastards get away with it whilst flipping the bird to the entire world. Instead they seem to have established a punishment that hamstrings Intel’s most egregious behaviours (and honestly narrows the potential for future ones.) They also did it in a way that is consistent with the (fallacious) American philosophy that capitalism = good.” I don’t personally think they went far enough, and I credit the EU (and other countries) for smacking Intel in the gut with big fines for forcing the Americans’ hand in this matter. I have a long list of other companies with similar terrible practices I’d like to see spanked. (Let’s start with Sony and Adobe…) My post also recognises that this punishment is entirely contingent on this agreement actually being enforced; something I am cynical enough to believe probably won’t happen.
Obviously you wanted some form of revenge for past wrongs. Personally, I’d far rather they work on ways to change the corporate behaviour. Barring that, forcibly suppressing the negative corporate behaviour long enough for competitors with actual innovation and a drive to meet customer requirements to cut Intel to bloody ribbons is equally as good.
But hey, you can read into my post as “you’re an Intel shill” if you want.