About Cheap Junk…

“We asked Intel to provide specific details about when it began and stopped shipping Intel Atom C2000 processors with faulty clock outputs. Intel declined to comment. The official errata says the B0 stepping of C2xxx Atoms are vulnerable to failure, and these parts began shipping in 2013.”
See Intel’s Atom C2000 chips are bricking products – and it’s not just Cisco hit
I know bad things happen. Even well-designed products sometimes ship with defects. It happens. Normally, I would not even pay attention to this one but I am often told by commentators that I should not buy cheap junk, that I should by Intel…

Chuckle. So, here are an unknown number of people who bought Intel and they bought junk which has “middle-aged” mortality, Stage IV cancer of the clock driver, built-in failure to boot…

Intel won’t even tell its shareholders how much the damage is. Lots of ordinary customers are probably past their guaranteed lifetime and SOL. Meanwhile, I pay lower prices for stuff that isn’t from Intel and I’m OK.

I’ve often wondered why Intel felt it was necessary to pay OEMs not to buy AMD if Intel’s products were so damned good. I guess that will never be answered but I still have it at the back of my mind every time I decide not to buy Intel.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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6 Responses to About Cheap Junk…

  1. DrLoser says:

    In other words, “works as designed.”

    Actually, :-), no. Works in an arbitrary way, with no regard either to user expectations, nor to documented requirements (which generally do not exist).

    The lack of user-facing documentation is lamentable, but nothing more than a symptom of the underlying chaos.

    Isn’t FLOSS wonderful?

  2. dougman says:

    Apple: There are no bugs, you are just doing it wrong!

  3. luvr says:

    “if it’s not documented in the manual it is also part of the normal behavior”

    Hmmm… If it’s not documented, then it is a documentation error, and documentation will be updated to correct it. In other words, “works as designed.”

  4. Kurkosdr says:

    Just sitting here watching hardware warranties slowly become like software warranties: “If a bug is documented in the manual it is part of the normal behavior, if it’s not documented in the manual it is also part of the normal behavior”

  5. ram says:

    The unfair tactics by Intel against AMD occurred over a decade ago.

    In November 2009, Intel agreed to pay AMD $1.25 billion as part of a deal to settle all outstanding legal disputes between the two companies.

    I’ve spoken personally with several Intel vice presidents and they told me how Intel was seriously restructured to prevent that from ever happening again. It did seem to be mostly the actions of a rogue VP of Marketing that got Intel into trouble. It is certainly NOT in Intel’s interest to have AMD go bust.

    I note that many, perhaps most, of AMD’s new generation finFET chips are actually manufactured in Intel fabrication facilities. AMD is over it, perhaps you should be too!

  6. dougman says:

    Instead of discussing “cheap junk”, we all know that you have a propensity toward such things. But now, lets discuss “over-hyped junk”, such as your EV mobility scooter.

    First and foremost, this is the type of car I would expect someone to build from a kit in their garage. Everything feels out of place – near every surface is carpeted (something I did in my vehicle modding days to hide the ugly), the steering wheel and multiple switches are straight out of a consumer automotive store parts bin, and the stereo is something you’d expect to pick up at Best Buy. Many of the surfaces are flat, and the generic control switches are mounted all over the place. Nothing is moulded into place or designed specifically for this vehicle. Everything feels like it’s a generic part. Even the front brakes, which have the prominent Wilwood logo, impress that this is a kit car. It looks and feels like it was constructed by a back yard mechanic.


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