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IsoHunt administrators claim AMD couldn't wait to give the P2P website new processors for its servers

Bizarre.  That's the only word I could use to describe the unfolding AMD-IsoHunt story. 

Earlier this month, one of IsoHunt's administrators posted the following post in its forum section:
I'd like to thank the nice people at AMD for allowing us to have 2 pre-production engineering samples of their Opteron 2352 CPUs. These cpus have been installed in our primary database server (as of this afternoon) and we'll definitely be following up in the near future with our impressions of these particular cpus. (Although I'll admit that we ran all of our web traffic for about 20 minutes earlier today on those cpus without any issue, so they're certainly powerhouses).
IsoHunt, for those not familiar, is a BitTorrent aggregator similar in spirit to The Pirate Bay.  The MPAA launched a lawsuit against IsoHunt in February 2006; the website then relocated to Canada to escape a DMCA takedown notification.   Even more legal pressure forced the site to block its all U.S. IP addresses from its tracker.

So why would AMD choose to back a pro-piracy torrent tracker? We could ask former Inquirer, current Tom's Hardware blogger Theo Valich, who joined the Facebook group on the same day as the post. administrators would not reply to our posts as to why they were given the new processors. 

What IsoHunt would confirm is that the new processors sent to them include some of the first production B2-stepping Opteron 2352 Barcelona processors.

These processors to not fix the widely-reported TLB race condition.  The fix for this race condition crippled production Phenom and Barcelona processors under certain tests, though most real-world scenarios are unaffected by the bug. 

AMD guidance states that the new B3 silicon processors are tracking to ship to OEMs at the end of Q1; system builders will start receiving the chips near the beginning of Q2.  The company has no plans to release anymore B2 processors.

AMD corporate sent DailyTech the official comment regarding IsoHunt.  "We can state that whatever it is that claims it has (B3 Barcelona silicon), that it was not sent from AMD." is currently firewalled from AMD's corporate network. It's listed as an P2P file sharing website. 

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RE: Funny...
By Ray 69 on 2/6/2008 6:11:46 PM , Rating: 2
This was taken from isohunt's web site about US IPs being blocked...

"As of earlier today, we have disabled access from users in the US to our trackers, until further notice. This goes for ALL trackers (torrentbox, podtropolis) we run. This is due to the US's hostility towards P2P technologies, and we feel with our current lawsuit brought by the MPAA, we can no longer ensure your security and privacy in the US. So, if you're outside the US, you may notice less peers. We encourage you to add other public, unhampered trackers to torrents you post, in addition to Torrentbox and Podtropolis's trackers.


Apparently some P2P news sites are falsely reporting that we are blocking US visitors from using the isoHunt website itself. Let me say this is NOT the case. As reported above we are blocking US visitors ONLY to the BitTorrent TRACKERS we run. This will NOT affect torrents obtained from isoHunt unless these torrents only use said trackers that are isoHunt operated

RE: Funny...
By James Holden on 2/6/2008 6:31:23 PM , Rating: 1
Why would they filter their tracker? I thought they were a 100% legitimate website that does not condone piracy?

RE: Funny...
By Ray 69 on 2/6/2008 6:51:28 PM , Rating: 2
Good question, too bad I don't have an accurate answer for it. I suppose it has to do with liability issues, not that it would stop the MPAA or the RIAA anyway.

RE: Funny...
By spluurfg on 2/8/2008 8:28:27 AM , Rating: 2
The MPAA might, through whatever legally wrangling they can afford, obtain the identities of anybody who uses the ISOhunt trackers. Then, even if they don't win against ISOhunt in court, they can track down and sue people who don't have the time or money to do anything but settle in court.

RE: Funny...
By James Holden on 2/8/2008 8:56:43 AM , Rating: 1
And you think the MPAA, with its resources, couldn't get a computer in Canada to do this? Quit being so naive.

RE: Funny...
By spluurfg on 2/8/2008 3:51:30 PM , Rating: 3
And you think the MPAA, with its resources, couldn't get a computer in Canada to do this? Quit being so naive.

If they successfully sued for the records, they could conceivably use it in court. I'm not sure if I could say the same for your plan.

"Nowadays, security guys break the Mac every single day. Every single day, they come out with a total exploit, your machine can be taken over totally. I dare anybody to do that once a month on the Windows machine." -- Bill Gates
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