Skip to Content
Uncategorized

D3: Paul Otellini Flumoxed

Walt Mossberg is talking to Intel’s Paul Otellini. Otellini is a very dull speaker. But Walt suffers from a kind of monomania which isn’t helping matters much. For the last two days, Walt has been on a kick about viruses…

Walt Mossberg is talking to Intel’s Paul Otellini. Otellini is a very dull speaker. But Walt suffers from a kind of monomania which isn’t helping matters much. For the last two days, Walt has been on a kick about viruses and computer security. He’s giving Otellini a hard time: “Today, May 24th, why shouldn’t I go out an buy a Mac–which has no known viruses?” Otellini answers, “There’s nothing architecturally to prevent some one from hacking a Mac.” Walt replies, “Sez you”–or words to that effect. He won’t let it go: “The Mac’s market share is growing 3 to 5 times that of the general market. Surely that’s got a little to do with your failure to fix the virus problem. Why can’t companies as wealthy as Microsoft and Intel do something?” Otellini replies, “Well, we’re trying.” Walt concludes this little exchange by sniping, “Well, there are some people who would like you to do it in their lifetimes.”

Otellini is slightly more convincing about Intel and cell phones. Intel wants to help create cell phones that are capable of processing more MIPs–thus allowing a new category of applications like television, music, and other forms of entertainment. Otellini talks about how Koreans and Europeans already have cell phones with video content. “It’s very American, and very 2005, to think that the most cell phones can do is voice and email.” He explains how it is obviously in the interests of the carriers to promote new kinds of applications–because they increase “APPUs” (or average price per unit).

Finally, Otellini shows off a number of “concept computers”–many of them designed for emerging markets like China. They are genuinely intriguing, but Walt sours the mood by remarking, “Why are the concepts that Intel shows off always less cool than the products the Original Equipment Manufacturers develop?” As with the exchange about viruses, Otellini is a little flumoxed. What can the poor man say?

It has been some years since I have attended events like D3, but I am struck by the depth of feeling against Intel and Microsoft. The emotions of technologists are more vindictive than ever. I wonder why? Neither company has done anything newly awful, and both are arguably less important than they once were.

Deep Dive

Uncategorized

Five poems about the mind

DREAM VENDING MACHINE I feed it coins and watch the spring coil back,the clunk of a vacuum-packed, foil-wrappeddream dropping into the tray. It dispenses all kinds of dreams—bad dreams, good dreams,short nightmares to stave off worse ones, recurring dreams with a teacake marshmallow center.Hardboiled caramel dreams to tuck in your cheek,a bag of orange dreams…

Work reinvented: Tech will drive the office evolution

As organizations navigate a new world of hybrid work, tech innovation will be crucial for employee connection and collaboration.

lucid dreaming concept
lucid dreaming concept

I taught myself to lucid dream. You can too.

We still don’t know much about the experience of being aware that you’re dreaming—but a few researchers think it could help us find out more about how the brain works.

panpsychism concept
panpsychism concept

Is everything in the world a little bit conscious?

The idea that consciousness is widespread is attractive to many for intellectual and, perhaps, also emotional
reasons. But can it be tested? Surprisingly, perhaps it can.

Stay connected

Illustration by Rose WongIllustration by Rose Wong

Get the latest updates from
MIT Technology Review

Discover special offers, top stories, upcoming events, and more.

Thank you for submitting your email!

Explore more newsletters

It looks like something went wrong.

We’re having trouble saving your preferences. Try refreshing this page and updating them one more time. If you continue to get this message, reach out to us at customer-service@technologyreview.com with a list of newsletters you’d like to receive.