[FFmpeg-devel] GPU Hardware Acceleration [was Re: openCL support]

Patrick Shirkey pshirkey at boosthardware.com
Sat Jan 5 13:23:10 CET 2013

On Fri, January 4, 2013 1:57 pm, compn wrote:
> On Fri, 4 Jan 2013 07:32:03 +1100 (EST), Patrick Shirkey wrote:
>>What kind of moron lets go of the only option they have for making
>>progress on the Linux/OpenSource platform in order to cut costs while
>> also
>>putting all their eggs into Redmonds basket of ever dwindling market
> well if i were 'evilfictionalcompanyXX' i would get a big name , say an
> ex-apple corpy and make it look like i wanted to hire him. the next
> step is to get him hired at 'companyYY'. after that, he runs the
> company , putting all effort into satisfying evilfcionalcompanyxx
> requirements. to achieve this, i would make rumors about buying
> companyYY, and offer their board some stock options.
> after companyYY destroys itself (firing lots of good talent) to make it
> purchaseable, i'd pull the rug out, thus crushing their entire
> structure. after having hired all of the top people they fired, there
> would be nothing left for them to do but run out of money and have a
> bankruptcy sale. in which case the patents and naming rights could be
> had for mere pennies.
> then M$ can take on nvidia :P

If that is the case I wonder if the NSA, sorry Google, would be interested
in swooping on the tender like they did with Motorola?

Mubadala stated last week the that are going to bankroll AMD with money
(printed by the Carlyle Group) if AMD runs out of money this month  (which
they will unless they start making sales again) so maybe that will give
them enough time to turn the ship around. However the structure of AMD is
looking remarkably similar to Apple now that they do not actually produce
anything. They sold their stake in Global Foundaries last year to the
Chinese Govt so now they are literally just a marketing team for hardware
produced by third party manufacturers much like Apple Inc.

Considering that they are doing so badly at marketing themselves these
days the prospects for making something big happen this year are looking
slim to nil. If they continue to ignore the open source community and
Linux then they will not see any growth.

Patrick Shirkey
Boost Hardware Ltd

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