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Re: CPU recommendations *avoid Intel-Shite*



On Tue, May 06, 2003 at 01:53:21PM -0500, Ron Johnson wrote:
> On Mon, 2003-05-05 at 09:18, Pigeon wrote:
> > On Mon, May 05, 2003 at 03:39:31AM -0700, Paul Johnson wrote:
> > > On Sat, May 03, 2003 at 04:11:48PM -0700, Troy Arnold wrote:
> [snip]
> > What is it with these dumb hardware manufacturers who won't release
> > the specs, anyway? It makes no sense:
> > 
> > - They make their money by selling chips, not drivers - the drivers
> >   are free as in beer, if not as in speech
> 
> They make their program selling, specific purpose chips, not general
> purpose chips like CPUs.

Sorry, I don't quite see your point. It's hardware, not software, that
they are selling, either way.

> > - The information needed to program the chips is not sufficient to
> >   give any kind of clue as to what's actually on the silicon, so it
> >   does not enable unscrupulous manufacturers to make a clone of the chip
> 
> You don't know that.
> 
> Maybe purpose of the driver-GPU API calls, the sequence that the API
> calls must be made in, or the parameters needed could be used, could
> be used by a sufficiently clever engineer to discern info that nVIDIA
> wants held secret.

I suppose it's possible, but the fact that manufacturers who do
release specs don't seem to suffer from rampant cloning seems to
suggest that either it's not a problem, or intellectual property
legislation is sufficient to protect their designs.

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Pigeon

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