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Buzz Out Loud 1313: Bing bucks buy bling (podcast)

Microsoft tries -- again -- to bribe users to Bing it while Blockbuster goes bankrupt and Blackberry bets on BlackPad. Also: Blogger bounced from bar. Bye!

Microsoft tries -- again -- to bribe users to Bing it while Blockbuster goes bankrupt and Blackberry bets on BlackPad. Also: Blogger bounced from bar. Bye!

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Hey guys (and Molly),

The intel chip that can be “upgraded” by paying an extra $50 is nothing new.
Way back in the 70′s I worked on NCR computers. Back then, they had two models the were really the same (I think it was the Century 50 and Century 100, but memory is fuzzy.). To upgrade from the 50 to the 100, the field service guy came out and moved a wire on the backplane to increase the clock speed. Of course, the price was a lot more than $50…

Take care,



Hi Buzz Crew,

yesterday you talked about the issue of upgradable Intel Chipsets. Please consider the following: By offering upgrades, Intel is able to produce one type of chipset and sell it to two different types of customers. Thanks to economics of scale, this means that the price of the chips falls in average. Since Intel sells their products in a competitive market, these cost saving should also have an impact on the prices Intel charges for this specific component. So both the “high end” and the “more budget restricted” user actually profit from lower prices of their components (-> computers). On top of that, the cheap consumer has an option to upgrade his/her computer when the performance is needed without the cost of migrating data to a new system. I don’t see why this business model is acceptable with software (upgrade to the full/pro/extended version) by entering a licence code, and not hardware. I for my part would be very happy to unlock the Core i7 mode on my way too old Core Duo laptop.

Thanks for the show ... keep it up!
Boris from Switzerland