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The MPAA: Promoting the Oscars by denying it’s existance

The Motion Picture Academy (MPAA) announced a slightly…. unusual decision to have YouTube yank all the uploaded videos from the Oscars. Some companies have logic behind such requests, the Motion Picture Academy’s reasoning is a tad lacking in logic.

Their explanation courtesy of Exxecutive Producer Ric Robertson: “It’s got nothing to do with money, it’s really not about (protecting that) business opportunity.” Even though the Oscars have their own website with clips, Robertson says he plans to even remove their own clips and any articles eferencing the winners. Apparently, this is being done to “whet people’s appetite for next year’s show.”

My only conclusion here is that the MPAA has concluded that the best method of increasing interest in next year’s Oscars is to remove any all evidence of this year’s Oscars.

March 3, 2007 Posted by | Amusement | Leave a comment

Anaheim GM Brian Burke logs entries

USA Today has a penned article by Anaheim GM Brian Burke emulating a diary of his trade deadline wheeling and dealings… (or attempted dealings as little happened for Anaheim). Very entertaining, and mildly informative glimpse at a seldom seen example of the behind the scenes discussions.

My favoruite part:
“I talk to Florida assistant GM Randy Sexton about Todd Bertuzzi, and he tells me “the guy we like is Perry.” I offer him profanity.”

March 3, 2007 Posted by | NHL Trades | Leave a comment

Sony… again

And the latest in Sony’s weekly effors to aggravate and infuriate any and every customer they have ever had or may ever have in the future….

Sony has admitted that the European version of its PlayStation 3 console will not play as many old PlayStation 2 games as the versions already launched in the US and Japan.
Sony has stated that the European systems will utilize “a new hardware specification,” and Sony won’t “concentrate on PS2 backwards compatibility.” Rather, they are “increasingly focused on developing new games and entertainment features exclusively for PS3, truly taking advantage of this exciting technology.”

In other words Sony is looking to decrease the production cost of the Playstation 3, and they have opted to replace dedicated hardware with software that will replace its functionality. The hardware had been providing full backwards compatibility of PS2 games, but Sony makes it clear that the new configuration will not offer the same level of support. “Certain PlayStation 2 format software titles may not perform properly on this system,” the statement reads.

Naturally Sony won’t be passing on the decreased cost of manufacture to the European purchasers who will still pay the same price as North America and Asian buyers. In what’s become typical Sony fashion their parroting this as a terrific example of how much they love the European market and that this was in high demand from customers. Bizarre, but hey, Sony claimed for months that European’s were very pleased that Sony had delayed the launch of the console in Europe. Amusing, and quite par for the course from them.

March 3, 2007 Posted by | Console Examination | Leave a comment

AMD will keep making Intel chipsets

In an interview with DigiTimes, Jochen Polster ( AMD’s Worldwide Infrastructure Partnerships sales and marketing VP) stated “AMD will not abandon or limit any opportunity to cooperate with others and the company will still continue developing chipsets for Intel platforms. Our goal is not to amass a huge market share, but to obtain a reasonable share.” in rely to a query as to whether AMD would continue manufacturing chipsets for Intel as ATi did before AMD acquired them.

How much market success there will be I’m dubious, even in the event that AMD’s makes a terrific chipset for Intel’s processors you can be certain Intel will be putting all of their weight on manufacturers not to touch said chipset.
This isn’t the late 90’s wherein Intel’s weight is such that even powerful companies like Asus have to secretly manufatcture motherboards and disavow all support and publically deny they made them as was the case in the early days of the early K7, nor as hostile an environment. No one is terrified of losing Intel’s business and their mighty discounts anymore. Intel can no longer afford to do such things as easily as before, and AMD is now a legitimate alternative in the market for companies to go to.
With many alternative options out there for Intel chipsets however it’ll be easy to accede to Intel’s wishes. Even typically ATi friendly companies like DFI dropped their ATi based Intel motherboards almost immediately after their acquisition by Intel, and naturally Intel dropped all mention of the exiestance of such products from their site.

It doesn’t appear Intel has much options to revoke ATi’s bus license so in the short term such chipsets should remain in existance, but once Intel’s long awaited CSI appears you can be certain Intel won’t be selling a license to utilize the bus to ATi at any cost.

March 3, 2007 Posted by | AMD, Intel, Tech Industry | Leave a comment