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Old 22nd Dec 2010, 10:07   #1
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EU to investigate Intel-McAfee deal

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Old 22nd Dec 2010, 10:09   #2
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Understandable for them to investigate that regarding Sandy Bridge locks.
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Let's face it, nobody gives a **** about EU anyway. Let us all hope Intel doesn't pull out of European market since we're funding a few overeager EU officials poking a finger in their schemes.
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Does the EU spend there time doing anything but this?
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Old 22nd Dec 2010, 12:20   #5
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With a gentle prod of the EU officials from Norton no doubt...
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can't they just leave well alone
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Wow, quite a few negative comments, it seems people don't care much about monopolies these days.
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Let's face it, nobody gives a **** about EU anyway. Let us all hope Intel doesn't pull out of European market since we're funding a few overeager EU officials poking a finger in their schemes.
Europe without the EU would be economically dead within the next 25 years. Instead of less, the european countries need to work even more closely together to survive in the worlds economy.

Finland for example would've allready lost 50% of their bigger companies to russian investors without the EU and the Euro.

I think it's ok that the EU looks into things like this, as this is actually nothing else then what the USA or China are doing to protect their economy. The only difference is, that the EU doesn't make such things behind closed doors but in public.
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Wow, quite a few negative comments, it seems people don't care much about monopolies these days.
how about investigating Apple's Monopolies?

oh wait, it's not a huge giant company, either that or every one of em uses an iPhone T_T
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how about investigating Apple's Monopolies?

oh wait, it's not a huge giant company, either that or every one of em uses an iPhone T_T
Apple doesn't produce their own CPUs, TFTs, touchscreens, or whatever... They buy parts from other bigger companies and add their own flavour to it.
Additionally, the market share of Apple iOS is somewhere around 25% in the mobile-market only, e.g. far from being a monopoly. Apples market share for PC-systems, including the iPad is only 10%, with HP and Dell having 25% each.

That's hardly a monopoly for Apple there...

And then... they made it possible for their customers to install Windows or Linux on their PCs with bootcamp, getting rid of their own monopoly they had with MacOS on their systems.

And know look at intel... they have a market share of 80% in processors used in PC-systems. They allready have a monopoly and that's why the EU watches them closely, so that they don't do anything to that would drive current competitors out of the market.

If intel buys McAfee and implements something into their CPUs, that would make McAfee-software the only option to use, then they would basically install a second monopoly for virus-scanners, which the EU want's to make sure doesn't happen.
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how about investigating Apple's Monopolies?

oh wait, it's not a huge giant company, either that or every one of em uses an iPhone T_T
Apple doesn't have any monopoly. There are many cheaper and simply better alternatives to their products, and Apple isn't forcing anyone to use their stuff. If anything, Microsoft is a bigger monopoly, forcing universities to use their products, so the students would have to use them for compatibility reasons and so on. Apple is only using people's stupidity and laziness, which certainly isn't a crime.

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Europe without the EU would be economically dead within the next 25 years. Instead of less, the european countries need to work even more closely together to survive in the worlds economy.

Finland for example would've allready lost 50% of their bigger companies to russian investors without the EU and the Euro.

I think it's ok that the EU looks into things like this, as this is actually nothing else then what the USA or China are doing to protect their economy. The only difference is, that the EU doesn't make such things behind closed doors but in public.
Well, I see you watch too much TV and don't spend enough time at school. Europe WITH EU will be economically dead within 25 years, especially countries inside the Euro zone, since they don't have means of combating financial problems. Why do you think half of EU countries have problems and the other half are on a fast track to them? Or why Europe no longer has any serious industry left, a process that started, coincidentally, exactly at a time when EU started expanding?
EU only cares about big business, because most politicians have shares in them. They don't give a rat's a** about small business or people, because why should they? They wouldn't earn any money from it.
Right now I can only think of very few EU politicians that actually want to use their power to make Europe better, and one of them you should listen to for a while:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5DlVF...eature=related (skip to 0:30)
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EU plays an important role. Granted they need money and mainly feed on Microsoft over nothing (watch this with Windows 8: EU investigates Microsoft Paint), but they this time, they are right to worry.

Imagine, if now, for all coming up Intel CPU's, A/V scans are throttled, and only McAfee has priority speed on the Intel CPU. This is going to be bad news. As I am starting to not trust Intel (monopoly on chipset already set, among other OEM deals going on), we need CPU competition... REAL competition. if Windows 8 supports ARM CPU's.. that means companies like Nvidia, can make killer desktop/laptop CPU's. And that would be great competition.
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