Thursday, February 09, 2006

Raid or visit?

There was a discussion on whether INTEL was raided or visited by Korean FTC. AMD said it was a raid. INTEL said it was an unsheduled visit during normal business hours.

Let me take out the dictionary,Websters' College Dictionary 4th Edition.

Raid: any sudden invasion of a place for discovering and dealing with violations of law.

Visit: to go or come to see

INTEL folks, what Korean FTC did fits the first definition perfectly. Officials stormed in, probably armed, and ordered you to turn in boxes of confidential documents for investigation of illegal dealings. That's a raid by definition of the English dictionary. There was no force used, but I bet the Korean officials were prepared to use force if your folks refused to cooperate.

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