GNU Linux-libre 3.5-gnu: Free and a half
Posted Jul 24, 2012 23:04 UTC (Tue) by nix
In reply to: GNU Linux-libre 3.5-gnu: Free and a half
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Not even AMD/Intel staff have free access to the required data. Only some highly-trusted teams do.
Am I the only person who thinks this is absolutely hilarious? Microchip engineering is advanced technology, surely, but it is not Colossus. All the major chip companies are roughly on par with each other technologically: people flow between them, taking what they know (and despite ridiculous contracts of employment forbidding it, you cannot delete *experience* with a contract, and experience is what matters: these people know what will work and what does not). Keeping this stuff secret so your competitors won't know about it is ridiculous: they already do.
But secrecy for secrecy's sake because Only We Have The Secret Sauce and Only We Have Real Engineers is a typical pathology of large companies. I wonder if anyone in them actually believes this stuff, or if they're all having a huge joke at our expense.
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