Fair enough, not much substance to the counter-argument. But there really wasn't much substance to the "This is BS" argument that I was countering. How do you argue with someone who is claiming the sky is green? It just isn't!
It doesn't cost intel nothing to maintain and QA the patch. Maybe someone from canonical will send patches after the fact when things break. That doesn't really help for QA'ing releases. And since this is something that intel funds, it is their decision to make.