>Not pictured: The US judiciary system
Giggle, snort. I wonder, though, if the fine is upheld, will Intel merely cease sales to Europe (which may cause a minor stir) or grumble, dig into petty cash, and come up with the bribe?
My own compromise solution would be to offer solid gold "Intel Inside" case badges; but you know me, I'm way ahead of my time.
"I didn't cry when Bambi's mother was shot... but I cried when HAL was turned off."
Oh, they'd pay it. That's basically what--between 1/5 and 1/7 their quarterly profits? That's the oddity--the biggest penalties the EU can slap, and companies shrug it off.
I think the negative PR is probably worth more than the cash.
>> Regardless of whether Intel wins or loses its appeal there's a certain irony in the fact that AMD won't see a cent of the $1.45 billion fine.
How so? The fine is to make abusive business practices less attractive to Intel, not to be a special award to just a single one of their competitors.
If Intel were to threaten to take their ball and pull out of Europe, look for AMD stock to shoot through the roof. So, that'll never happen.
What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?
Yeah, I know, a check will be written. <old joke>(This being Intel, it's likely to be for 1.44999999 billion.)</old joke>
I just wanted to momentarily imagine the chaos that such an announcement would cause! Sigh.
They have been getting away with not playing nice for a long time.
They'll never change, they'll just cover the bases better.
Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.
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