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Why Can't Intel Kill x86?

Inkidu Re:why that won't happen (605 comments)

Good list! Forgive me for this - I really want to believe you are right. Is your LAN not attached to the Internet? Are your security people better than Google’s? Well then, you are safer leaving it all local. Server uptime and data availability comparisons with the cloud is a 3 beer conversation and I'm at work & sober now. Security? Scary /. Stories about MegaUpload, DARPA, NSA, China and Google are as real as they get. But just what is security? Is it keeping the data intact, away from harm and safe according to (legally) accepted standards? Then it doesn’t matter where it’s stored as long as it meets the “ISO standard”. If you’re talking about privacy, I’ll defer to Scott McNealy: “You have zero privacy anyway – get over it.”

about a year and a half ago

Why Can't Intel Kill x86?

Inkidu Re:broadwell, not haswell (605 comments)

I stand corrected. You are right - the article did say Broadwell and not Haswell will be BGA only. In fact, late in 2012 (December I think) Intel has announced plans for both chips to have a LGA package of some sort. My point still stands - WinTel & Co.have seen the future and its not x86. BTW, Broadwell is basically just a die-shrunk Haswell.

about a year and a half ago

Why Can't Intel Kill x86?

Inkidu Funny you should ask . . . (605 comments)

It's already a bad day for Redmondians. Haswell is slated to be introduced in 2014 will mostly offer the BGA designed Broadweil "System-on-a-Chip CPU", pre-sodered on an Intel motherboard like Atom chips are now. There will be nothing to upgrade - in effect this will be a device in PC clothing. There are rumors of high-end LGA packaging, but the upgrade possibilities will be limited to a few paltry offerings. No one will be making consumer upgradable parts anymore. Another way of saying it is that It will become cheaper for Dell just to replace the whole "PC-thingy" than to repair it. Yet Another Way... Intel's Ivy Bridge product cycle ends in 2014. Its successor, Haswell, will not have a desktop chip. The English story: As tablets and smart phones replace desktops and notebooks, Intel, Microsoft and the desktop manufacturers struggle for market-share. The end of the desktop in 2014 does not mean the demise of the notebook, or of Microsoft, or of the support jobs they bring. It does foreshadow their end though. This time its a question of what and who will be left behind. Intel's market-based decision will shrink the computer field in general, and IT departments everywhere. With a paradigm shift away from a smart-client/server model to a dumb-portal/Cloud one, the computer becomes just another office supply, and the IT department becomes marginalized. When in the cloud, other services seem more viable. Virtual storage and backup deals mean goodbye to lots of servers, and that backup guy too. No longer dependent on the IT department, HR, Customer Service - hey, every department can find alternatives in the cloud. And those alternatives in the cloud will be supplied by the same people who make the software installed on their computers now. By putting Office online, Microsoft separates their biggest revenue stream from their troubled operating system. Microsoft will want to make up for the loss of revenue. They will “incentivise” their cloud products, making services cheaper than anything an IT department can provide. The stakes are even higher because Microsoft has to move into cloud, which is Google’s home turf. Google enters the market meeting Microsoft head on, feature-to-feature and with a better price - for now. Both competitors want a piece of the IT department, especially in these changing times. So count on predatory pricing to make the move even cheaper. These giants are in a fight for their corporate lives, so don’t think for one moment they’ll do anything that’s not in their financial interest. Every perk will have its price. The original story:

about a year and a half ago


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