Monday, February 13, 2006

The INTEL-Skype dirty plot and why FTC is sitting idle

In the previous article "INTEL to stop AMD with Skype exclusive deal", we analysed INTEL and Skype's dirty plot to exclude AMD from the VoIP market. Today, CNET.com made a further report on how the knee-capping attack was carried out by INTEL and Skype. Specifically, CNET found that Skype was using an operation called "Get CPU ID" to identify the type of processor running on the PC. Unless the CPUID matches "INTEL", it will prevent the user from doing 10-way conference calls.

Note this has nothing to do with CPU performance. You could slow an INTEL chip down to 1MHZ and Skype would still try 10-way call, and we all know AMD CPUs are vastly faster than anything INTEL can offer. In this CNET test, the slowest AMD CPU is faster than the fastest INTEL CPU. INTEL is losing market share in all segments, and INTEL's stock crashed to half price of AMD's.

INTEL has used the CPUID trick before, according to AMD's lawsuit, some INTEL software deliberately cripples AMD CPUs when detected using the CPUID operation. There are also reports that once you modify the INTEL software by removing the check for CPUID, then AMD CPUs run the software much faster.

What we see in the INTEL-Skype case is different. This time INTEL is not meddling with its own software, but the most popular VoIP software from a third party. This is clearly intended to block AMD from the VoIP market, and give INTEL a monopoly power in that market. I am quite sure that such plots are part of the VIIV programme and Eric Kim is behind it.

This kind of behaviour is criminal and must be stopped right now.

If the INTEL-Skype dirty plot is allowed to continue, Microsoft can legally add this code and kill anyone immediately:

if(this is something I don't like, such as CPU, Browser, Anti-Virus software...) {
then: sorry, you can only open 5 windows

}else {
open as many Windows as you want

}

7 Comments:

Blogger Slippery Slope said...

Right. This behavior by Intel is evil.

5:13 PM, February 13, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

so, why is FTC is sitting idle on this ?

9:39 AM, February 14, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Note this has nothing to do with CPU performance. You could slow an INTEL chip down to 1MHZ and Skype would still try 10-way call, and we all know AMD CPUs are vastly faster than anything INTEL can offer.

Not true, according to News.com:

AMD is now focusing on a feature in Skype 2.0 that enables the ability to make 10-person conference calls only with Intel dual-core processors.

11:57 PM, February 28, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

come on dude.. stopped reading here.. I like AMD and all, but this is stupid.

"and we all know AMD CPUs are vastly faster than anything INTEL can offer. In this CNET test, the slowest AMD CPU is faster than the fastest INTEL CPU. INTEL is losing market share in all segments, and INTEL's stock crashed to half price of AMD's"

4:19 AM, March 01, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How DARE you criticize Intel?
They have been personally blessed by the his holiness Dalai Jobs, therefore they can not be evil if they bask in 'his' light.

"Blessed are those with Intel inside."
says the book of iJobs after all.

4:52 PM, March 01, 2006  
Blogger Sharikou, Ph. D said...

Regarding how AMD's lowest X2 3800+ beats INTEL's P4D 840, click the link in the context.

5:54 PM, March 01, 2006  
Blogger Sharikou, Ph. D said...

A programmer has analysed the dirty Skype code and provided a patch to allow AMD users to do 10-way call.
The details are here

6:30 PM, March 04, 2006  

Post a Comment

Links to this post:

Create a Link

<< Home