Originally Posted by Bl4ck
almost every one here says that the fine is bs, it's not , the fine is about Intel giving companies money/bribes and that way they destroyed the "free" market in EU , they used the same practices in Japan where they where also fined with big fines. Use your brains ppl , EU didn't fine the Intel (almost a monopolist now with their x86 license threats ) for beeing a better chip manufacturer , they fined them because they bribed the "customers" and there for engaged in illegal activities.
The thing that irritates me about this is, from a business perspective, it doesn't appear they did anything wrong. If anything, AMD should have countered with their own incentives, and since they didn't, their fair punishment was a loss in market share. Pepsi gives incentives to places like Pizza Hut to offer only pepsi products. Motor parts companies like motorcraft offer companies like Ford incentives to only offer motorcraft parts. Heck, even broadcast companies offer incentives for letting sporting events only be viewed on their network. Why is it such a big deal that Intel OFFERED an incentive to only carry their product?