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[News] AMD Pulls a Microsoft, Restricts Publication

  • Subject: [News] AMD Pulls a Microsoft, Restricts Publication
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 09 Sep 2007 01:56:36 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
  • User-agent: KNode/0.10.4
AMD NDA Scandal

,----[ Quote ]
| Just two weeks ago, we reported that a Thai journalist walked out of the 
| hush-hush (but ultimately pointless) AMD event in Singapore over a 
| controversial NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement) that required him to "send any 
| stories to the vendor before his newspaper can publish it".    
| [...]
| Curiously, Don stated that "AMD issued an apology a week later saying the 
| incident was a misunderstanding among certain local staff and that it is not, 
| and has never been, AMD policy to vet the stories of tier-1 publications 
| prior to publication." What exactly did AMD mean by that?   
| Does that mean it is AMD policy to vet tier-2 and tier-3 publications? I will 
| let you decide for yourselves. 



Vista license limits benchmarks

,----[ Quote ]
| According to the Vista user agreement (EULA), because the OS contains
| "one or more components" of the .Net Framework 3.0, users can conduct
| internal benchmarking of those components, but can't disclose the
| results of those benchmarks--or measurements to compare rival
| products--unless they comply with conditions found at a Microsoft Web
| site


PC World Editor Resigns When Ordered Not to Criticize Advertisers

,----[ Quote ]
| Apparently he also told the staff that product reviews had to be
| nicer to vendors who advertise in the magazine. The sad thing is 
| that given the economics of publishing in this day and age, I
| doubt anything even comes of this even tho it essentially
| confirms that PC World reviews should be thought of as no
| more than press releases. I know that's how I will consider
| links from them in the future. But congratulations to anyone
| willing to stick to their guns on such matters.


,----[ Quote ]
| "It also was strange to see just how many resources are aligned
| against me when I write a story about Microsoft."
| "there were close to a dozen other people involved...Some transcribed
| the interviews I conducted; others kept notes on my every utterance
| for clues about what questions I might ask next and ultimately what my
| story would say; others briefed executives with questions I had asked
| and suggested good answers."


What happened to the guts?

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| Of one thing I am fairly certain. Microsoft all but eliminated
| mainstream software competition. As a result, Microsoft became
| the primary source of advertising revenue for mainstream publications.
| You don't bite the hand that feeds you. So instead of publishing
| issues calling for a worldwide boycott of Vista because it focuses
| more on what you can't do than what you can do, you see special
| editions praising Vista as the greatest advancement in computing
| since Windows 95. Granted we all know that Windows 95 was a dog
| from day one, but by the 90s, the mainstream press had already
| become rampant with Microsoft sycophants and they pushed Windows
| 95 like it was the second coming.
| [...]
| In short, I'd love to see a mainstream publication become an
| advocate for the consumer once again.
| As noted above, there are exceptions, including Linux Journal,
| most other FOSS-centered publications and even The Register.
| But we're the little guys.


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