Guest Viewpoint: The party's over for betrayed Republican - The Register-Guard, Eugene, Oregon, USA
You know, I'm not a GOP guy because I can't stand what the current party is doing. I agree with every single damn point this guy makes...and I'm considered to be a liberal by many. If the current GOP makes me a liberal, how far are they from their party base?
I was at the Microsoft Teched conference last week and I was amazed to see the level of presence that AMD had. Entire sessions were dedicated to the AMD64 cpu's and how WinXP/2k3 64-bit will work together. Much less time was devoted to Intel's x64 cpu, which must really piss them off. They've been the big boys for so long that it has to be like sand in your jockeys to see AMD in the limelight.
But if you take a minute and look at the cpu landscape over the past few years you'll see that AMD has made incredible change, not only in their own business, but also in the whole sector of the economy.
- They were the first to 1Ghz, which may have been little more than a marketing race but in business isn't that what matters? Public perception?
- They were the first to offer top of the line cpu's for bargain price, which Intel has been forced to follow
- They completely have changed the image that clock speed does not equal performance, another thing which Intel has been forced to admit, albeit grudgingly
- They ran with x86-64 when Intel said there was no market for it. They continued when Microsoft said they wouldn't support it. Then when Linux users started showing such huge interest, MS decided they had best support it. Finally Intel saw the rapid adoption of x64 in the gamer, followed by the server, space and they delivered their own.
All in all, it has been a good few years for AMD. Now they need to somehow keep the momentum going and start returning a predictable profit.
So this story is actually making some minor
rounds on the American media circuit these days, I'm impressed. I've been following this story through the BBC for weeks now and it just now gets posted in a minor side link on CNN.com. I guess either the news organizations or the American public, or both, would rather spend time obsessing about sensationalistic cases like brides running away, 18 year old girls disappearing in Aruba, or Michael Jackson diddling some boy while his parents watch. Meanwhile, our sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, friends and neighbors are dying overseas in a war that our government may very well have fabricated evidence to start.
And Clinton was impeached for a blowjob...sad, sad world.
Ahh..did you feel that? That sweet, albeit short, breeze of freedom which slipped through the cracks of our oppressive regime. It seems that a combination of libertarian conservatives and liberals (who would have thought those two would get together) voted to limit the extreme powers of the Patriot Act. Even though Adolf Bush has said he will veto it, it is refreshing to see that there are people in Congress with common sense and at least a rudimentary grasp of what freedom means. Privacy is part of freedom, hence the Fourth Amendment. Allow me to quote: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” Although it isn’t explicit in the Constitution, I feel that personal privacy (not institutional privacy) is a very important foundation in the 4th Amendment.
If you get a chance, do a http://news.google.com search on this story to get multiple points of view. The more information you get, the better you will be.
October? Has it really been that long since my last post? Well, I'm sure that all of you out in blogspace have been eagerly awaiting the lastest, albiet delayed, entry in my fascinating journal.
I've actually come up with a few rants, of all sorts, but for today I'll just do a quick summation.
Life is good. Very good.