Subject: Re: Slightly Off-Topic...
To: Lord Isildur <>
From: Dave McGuire <>
List: port-alpha
Date: 06/25/2001 12:21:10
  What I find infuriating about this is the damned suits at Compaq (and
everywhere else, it seems) seem to be under the impression that
processor architecture is a BUSINESS DECISION.

  Where do these morons get off with this bullshit?

  Intel hasn't produced a decent design since the 8085, but the people
who know something about computers have always had alternatives to
their shit.  Now yet another of those alternatives is being destroyed
by the damned suits, and to make it worse, Intel's idiot engineers are
getting Alpha-related "technology" (they use that word as if it's
something you can reach out and touch) which I'm sure they'll blindly
use to band-aid their UNBELIEVABLY BAD designs and then take the
credit for it.

  "Marketing" has become "ramming something down people's throats
whether they want it or not" in our industry.  What kind of bullshit
is that?

WITH YOUR SUIT-PROMOTED BAD DESIGNS.  Learn from the failure of the P4!

          -Dave McGuire

On June 25, Lord Isildur wrote:
> this is depressing!
> well, it just shows, compaq is after all just one more shitty PeeCee 
> company among many. no innovation or leadership there!
> Looks like i'm gonna have to start getting into powerPC stuff if i want to
> be wintel-free!
> it does make me even happier to know i have such beautiful machines as my 
> VAXen and alpha boxen (and mipsen) when the entire rest of the world is 
> swimming in a huge puddle of shit called wintel.
> so sad. everything the great genius of the countless DEC engineers and 
> hackers have done now has been laid to waste by the morons in the Q. they 
> probably feel very good about themselves of course. losers. 
> Isildur
> On Mon, 25 Jun 2001, NetBSD Bob wrote:
> > > Just saw this on the morning News... Should never have let them buy DEC,
> > > I tell ya..
> > > --
> > >  - J. Buck Caldwell
> > > 
> > > Compaq to Phase Out Computer Lines Not Using Intel
> > > 
> > > NEW YORK (Reuters) - Compaq Computer Corp. (NYSE:CPQ - news) on Monday
> > > said it had agreed to a technology-sharing pact to build high-powered
> > > computers with chip maker Intel Corp. (NasdaqNM:INTC - news) and would
> > > scale back computer lines based on chip technology developed in-house.
> > 
> > Oh, well, such is hi-tech biz....  Where is Gatesware in all this?
> > The least Compaq could do, if they have the oblong hanging thingies,
> > is to free up the VAX stuff into the public trust, for posterity.
> > Some pencil-necked, pointy-headed bean counter will nix that, tho.
> > Next it will be an Itanium in my watch...  yikes... what is the
> > world coming to... an Intel chip in every electronic black box,
> > whether used or not?  Talk about monopolies....
> > 
> > > ... Compaq said it is transferring significant Alpha microprocessor
> > > and development tools to Intel. No financial terms were disclosed.
> > 
> > Now, why would they want to do that if the Itanium thingy was all that
> > great?
> > 
> > I smell a rat in the works somewhere.....
> > 
> > (slightly pessimistic, today.....)
> > 
> > Bob
> > 
> >