On Sun, Dec 14, 2008 at 02:31:17PM +1000, Da Rock wrote: > > What I can't equate with is why its acceptable for intel to do the > same... check if_iwi and its "firmware". No other wifi device (that I'm > aware of- at least they'd be in the minority anyway) works this way. The > excuse is fcc regs- I doubt that...
Atheros drivers used closed firmware until very recently. Some of them still do. > > And before anyone defends intel: I've spent a lot of time wasted on > making their stupid nics to work in windows, I usually just flick em and > put in a rl nic. The cpus are shit as well- I've had no end of trouble > with them, plus too hot, power hungry etc. Alas, finding a decent > notebook with an alternative has been to no avail... Actually, Pentium M processors may well be the best x86-compatible CPUs of their generation -- low power consumption relative to the competition, and the best performance per dollar in their class. Pentium 4, though, certainly sucks. The first generation of Celeron processors were kick-ass x86-compatible CPUs for their time, too -- actually better than Intel intended them to be. Weird how that happens. -- Chad Perrin [ content licensed OWL: http://owl.apotheon.org ] Quoth William Gibson: "The future is already here. It's just not very evenly distributed."
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