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Signs indicate AMD CEO Hector Ruiz is on his way out, but when is the question on everyone's mind

Chipmaker AMD historically played second fiddle to Intel when it comes to market share and often performance. For a while, AMD parts enjoyed performance advantages over its Intel counterpart, but recently the performance crown has again moved back to Intel.

When AMD moved to buy ATI, the graphics firm, in 2006 many expected big things from the merger for both ATI and AMD, but to date that just hasn’t materialized. NVIDIA is running away from ATI in discrete graphics market share and after it posted record earnings while earnings from ATI/AMD drop.

The lackluster performance of AMD and ATI has led to the exodus of some AMD executives starting with the resignation of ATI’s Dave Orton in July 2007. The next executive to leave AMD was Henri Richard, AMD executive vice president and chief sales and marketing officer in August of 2007.

TheStreet.com now reports that sources are telling it that AMD CEO Hector Ruiz is possibly stepping down from his post. TheStreet.com’s unnamed source says that AMD President Dirk Meyer was appointed to the board last week and that plans for Meyer to take over the position of CEO for AMD has been in the works for some time.

"Dirk has always been slotted for being the new CEO. That's been clear since his nomination as president and COO," claimed TheStreet's source.  Dirk Meyer was nominated president of AMD in January 2006.

However, reports say that there is no set time frame for a change of power at AMD.  Ruiz's 5-year contract expired in April 2007, but was renewed for a one-year extention until April 26, 2008.

With no real outcry for Ruiz to leave it will likely be at least then before Meyer steps into the CEO position if rumors prove to be accurate.

However, not is all doom and gloom at AMD.  The company just received $668 million shot in the arm after Mubadala Development Company took over 8.1% of the company's shares last week.



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Duh!
By afkrotch on 11/17/2007 4:04:01 PM , Rating: 2
Did anyone seriously think that two 2nd place companies in their specific markets were going to be runaway hits from a merger? That'd be like thinking that Suse Linux and Red Hat combine and somehow beat Microsoft.

I do expect the 1 company (AMD/ATI) to rebound back. Intel isn't particularly making it easy on the cpu side, but Nvidia seems to be holding back just waiting.




RE: Duh!
By FuzionMonkey on 11/17/2007 4:29:51 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Did anyone seriously think that two 2nd place companies in their specific markets were going to be runaway hits from a merger?


Nope.


RE: Duh!
By AsicsNow on 11/17/2007 4:46:18 PM , Rating: 2
ATI was hardly a second place company. They have been bigger(especially market share wise) than NVIDIA for ages, and have gone back and forth with them over top end parts between generations since the days of NVIDIA's TNT cards.


RE: Duh!
By Master Kenobi (blog) on 11/17/2007 4:55:53 PM , Rating: 1
Yea, but this move stands to help DAAMIT the most. Perhaps the new CEO can pick up the pieces and make see some success.


RE: Duh!
By 16nm on 11/18/2007 10:19:19 AM , Rating: 1
It'd be smart to spin ATI off and refocus all their efforts on microprocessors. In my opinion, ATI is executing well even though they are not the market leader. Problem is ATI is just a distraction to AMD. The green guys need to be absolutely focused on their microprocs to compete against Intel. I do not believe that AMD had to buy ATI for their Fusion project. I think the purchase of ATI had more to do with ego than any practical reason.


RE: Duh!
By defter on 11/18/2007 3:49:38 AM , Rating: 1
They were bigger for just a couple of years.

Current situation:
AMD's discrete GPU revenue: $252M
AMD's consumer electronics revenue: $97M

NVidia's revenue (discrete GPU + chipset + consumer electronics): $1120M

Even if take into account AMD's chipset revenue, NVidia is almost THREE TIMES bigger in terms of revenue.


RE: Duh!
By afkrotch on 11/18/2007 6:56:50 AM , Rating: 3
Both Nvidia and ATI are both second place companies. Intel supplies majority of graphics processors.


RE: Duh!
By Mitch101 on 11/18/2007 10:35:53 AM , Rating: 2
Very true

The merger killed off ATI motherboard chipsets for Intel CPU's leaving the market wide open for Intel and NVIDIA to scrape up.

ATI/AMD need to grab some top level engineers our outsource to IBM engineers again to get the Phenom chips up to speed. I recall they missed 2-3 quarters on because of current leakage and IBM solved it nearly overnight for AMD. It should be no surprise the AM2 chips at 65nm ran into similar clock speed issues because of AMD engineers. They are in the same boat again a third time and are blowing release dates when they need to bite the bullet and get that 3ghz Phenom processors in full swing. IBM has produced 5ghz working silicon CPU's and AMD is stuck at 2.4ghz with Phenom? I know there is a lot more to it in design however IBM solved what AMD couldnt and its time to check the ego at the door and get the help they need.

Which is more costly outsourcing it or missed product releases? Its the X-mas season and the Phenom should be at 3ghz and in full swing for the holiday buying crowd.

AMD only has about 2 more years of them having a manufacturing advantage over NVIDIA to save overhead costs. In about 2 years you know INTEL is going to have a killer graphics chip. They never focused on this before but everyone knows they are throwing a lot of coin in getting there.

Not to mention but the economy might be going into a recession because of the housing bubble bursting, increased oil/gas costs which in turn increases the prices of consumer good and consumables, increased taxes, etc etc etc.


RE: Duh!
By 16nm on 11/18/2007 4:25:04 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
IBM has produced 5ghz working silicon CPU's and AMD is stuck at 2.4ghz with Phenom?


Actually, no. AMD can not even get Phenom 2.4 GHZ out the door. There is a L3 cache problem with the 2.4GHZ chips and they are being delayed. Everything really is FUBAR. It's sad.


RE: Duh!
By kalak on 11/23/2007 11:27:38 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
In about 2 years you know INTEL is going to have a killer graphics chip. They never focused on this before


They never focused on this BECAUSE they already have the crown with integrated graphics chipsets for the masses. Intel "killer graphics chip" ??? It will NOT happen. Ever.


RE: Duh!
By caqde on 11/17/2007 4:57:20 PM , Rating: 5
If they did especially in this short of time from the merger they are nuts. Because of these reasons possibly more:

1) It takes a long time to develop Processors
2) It will take a while for an AMD/ATI team to be formed that can work on the new projects (mid/late 2008/2009 for anything to be seen from this that is not minor)
3) It will also take a while for AMD and ATI to merge their collective knowledge into a standard document(design documentation) form so that they can use their collective knowledge across all of their projects.
4) Corporate restructuring is a bitch and effects the whole company which makes for delays. Maybe not the entire reason for the Barcelona/R600 delays but a factor none the less.

Basically they have things that could take a couple of years to finish after which they will finally get things done and show us what AMD/ATI is truly made of to show us what AMD and ATI is going to be.


RE: Duh!
By MonkeyPaw on 11/17/2007 10:40:48 PM , Rating: 3
No kidding. Mergers take a very long time. My company announced a merger in February, and everything won't be finalized until next February. My boss has been through this before, and he said it can take several years to get everything together. Due to the market they are in, I don't think AMD will take their time.

AMD and ATI are big companies, and they exist in a time sensitive market. Those that think that their merger would bring an overnight success are either dreamers or fools. Virtually all of the products coming out today are not collaborative efforts, but projects that have been independently in the works for several years. I can't say for sure, but I think even the RD7xx line of chipsets is still an ATI-only product, and it isn't even sold yet. 2008 is when AMD promised early Fusion mdoels, and this looks to be the first real combined effort of ATI and AMD. It's going to take time to see the real fruits of this merger--hopefully AMD/ATI can get by until then.


RE: Duh!
By Mitch101 on 11/18/2007 11:11:15 AM , Rating: 2
There are some rumors that the R700 GPU chip might be nearing completion or close to be taping out. Possibly next month. But rumors dont make a company profits. For ATI/AMD's sake lets hope it taps out on the first run and gives them the performance boost they need to remain competitive.

We already know the current chips are designed to be multi chip capable and ATI seems to have gotten that correct with being able to do quad configs they might even be able to pull an octal config. The next design takes that a step further by putting that onto cores.

Supposedly the R700 allows for multiple cores on the same die. A dual core chip would be the low end, quads would be the middle, and octal would be the high end. The cores themselves might be smaller and less powerfull than todays cores. You can already see this with the reduced transistor count of the R600 to R670. Im not an engineer but I believe the cores can share the ring bus. R680 is what two chips on a single card. I would supposed they desperately need a die shrink for R700 to be what they want and that wont take place until mid 2008. I could see them doing dual or maybe even quad (big sucker) runs on a chip now to start out then getting more cores as the die shrinks occur. Heck maybe there is a tri-core where 2 cores render the graphics and the third handles the physics. Hmmm. AMD is going to do a Tri Core CPU so why not and ATI has mentioned 2 GPUS and a third to do Physics?

This is why single ATI chips dont score as well as NVIDIA right now its because they are moving toward multiple smaller chips working together instead of a single large chip design. Kind of the same route as Intel mentioned taking by using 32 small core chips working together.

Sounds like the Cell processor opened a few eyes.


RE: Duh!
By theapparition on 11/18/2007 12:59:36 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Sounds like the Cell processor opened a few eyes.

Standard parallel processing evolution. No need to credit Cell for this, as many other similar designs exist.


RE: Duh!
By 91TTZ on 11/19/2007 8:32:19 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Sounds like the Cell processor opened a few eyes.


The Cell has nothing at all to do with this. Multicore CPUs have been around for a while.

The Cell flopped, if anything. Remember how we were hearing that it'd be used in everything and how it was going to be revolutionary, blah blah blah?

Other than the PS3 (which has tanked), not much else uses it. From what I hear it's a royal pain to code for and nobody wants to develop for it.


RE: Duh!
By Regs on 11/19/2007 10:06:10 PM , Rating: 2
Or like my company. 3 years after the merger the closed a site laying of 2k people. Took 3 years to accomplish just this much. I can't imagine R&D and research direction.

Though it's not like AMD has all the time in the world.


RE: Duh!
By Regs on 11/19/2007 10:06:15 PM , Rating: 2
Or like my company. 3 years after the merger the closed a site laying of 2k people. Took 3 years to accomplish just this much. I can't imagine R&D and research direction.

Though it's not like AMD has all the time in the world.


RE: Duh!
By omnicronx on 11/17/2007 6:01:21 PM , Rating: 5
ATI was barely a second place company, and at the time of the merger, AMD had considerably more marketshare than they do now. And what does comparing two linux ditros (both are O/S's) to windows have to do with with ATI and AMD, two companies that did different things. They figured combining two markets would give them an advantage.

At the time of the merger, many more people thought it would do more good for them, then bad.. just go look at some old DT forums.


RE: Duh!
By defter on 11/18/2007 3:51:24 AM , Rating: 1
Merger was finalized on 26th of October 2006.
G80 was launched on 8th of Novermber 2006.

Thus ATI became second place company in terms of GPU performance two weeks after merger.


RE: Duh!
By CyborgTMT on 11/18/07, Rating: -1
RE: Duh!
By afkrotch on 11/18/2007 7:07:17 AM , Rating: 4
There's a difference between having the fastest architecture and having the highest marketshare. I don't think AMD has every had a higher marketshare than Intel.

A day after Intel released their Core 2 Duo, AMD had achieved it's highest marketshare. Guess how much? Only 22%. Intel on the other hand was at 73%. AMD's last all-time high was back in Q2 2001 at 21.8%.


RE: Duh!
By spluurfg on 11/18/2007 1:00:06 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Did anyone seriously think that two 2nd place companies in their specific markets were going to be runaway hits from a merger? That'd be like thinking that Suse Linux and Red Hat combine and somehow beat Microsoft.


Or like Citicorp and Travelers Group merging to become the largest financial services company in the US? (If you doubt that they were in separate markets, check the Glass-Steagall Act).

I think that two second place companies could easily have a successful merger if it actually made sense -- IE overlapping or complementary business, synergies, cost reductions, etc. I honestly don't see many with ATI/AMD -- ATI outsources its fab production and AMD is strapped for capacity anyway, there is not a great deal of overlapping architecture design between CPU/GPU, and an AMD product paired with an ATI product is not necessarily a better thing for the consumer since there are industry standards on compatibility with their competitors anyway. In the end I'm not sure if the amount of debt they accrued is worth the small security they got with a guaranteed chipset producer and their whole Fusion platform, but time will tell...


Abu Dhabi buys stake in chip maker AMD
By BuckNaked on 11/17/2007 9:06:21 PM , Rating: 2
Indirectly related but not mentioned is this recent announcement from MSNBC... http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21840227/

SAN FRANCISCO - With oil prices surging and U.S. stock prices slumping, chip maker Advanced Micro Devices Inc.'s sale of an 8.1 percent stake to the Abu Dhabi government's investment arm represents the latest plunge by a wealthy Middle Eastern nation into a troubled U.S. corporation.

It also raises fresh questions about the appropriateness of Middle Eastern firms owning large chunks of U.S. businesses that specialize in advanced technologies.

Sunnyvale-based AMD, the world's No. 2 microprocessor maker, needs the $622 million investment from the Mubadala Development Company to help lift the company out of a deep financial slump.

AMD has lost more than $1.6 billion so far this year, and has just $1.5 billion in cash on hand as it works to pay down $5.3 billion in debt. The financial woes have caused AMD's stock to fall more than 35 percent since the start of the year, a slide that has wiped out nearly $4 billion in shareholder wealth.

The infusion, announced Friday, is a necessary jolt for AMD is it hunts for money to fund its counteroffensive against Intel Corp., the world's largest chip maker, and amid a huge spike in investments in U.S. companies from Middle Eastern nations.

Middle Eastern investments in U.S. companies has increased more than fivefold in 2007, leaping from $4.5 billion on 32 deals last year to nearly $25 billion on 42 deals so far this year, according to data compiled by Thomson Financial.

The money invested in the past two years is more than the entire total invested from 1990 to 2005, according to the latest Thomson data. During that period, $24.8 billion in investments were made in 258 deals.

Oil-rich countries have been enriched further in recent months by a run-up in the price of a barrel of oil, which has been hovering in the $90 range while many U.S. stocks continue to suffer from the housing and lending morass that's led some banks to absorb billions of dollars in losses.

The biggest deal so far this year involving Middle Eastern firms was General Electric Co.'s $11.6 billion sale of its plastics division, completed in August, to petrochemicals manufacturer Saudi Basic Industries Corp., a public company based in Riyadh that is 70-pecent owned by the Saudi Arabian government.

Firms based in the United Arab Emirates, a federation of seven oil-rich states, have invested nearly $10 billion in real estate, financial, power generation and other types of companies in the United States.

Earlier this year, Mubadala bought a 7.5 percent stake in the management operations of private-equity firm Carlyle Group for $1.35 billion, and this week unveiled a partnership with military contractor Northrop Grumman Corp. to collaborate on aerospace and aviation technologies.

The deal with AMD makes the Abu Dhabi government-run investment fund AMD's third-largest shareholder, according to AMD's latest regulatory filings, a development that AMD vows will not trigger a review by the U.S. government because it's a minority investment and Mubadala will not get a board seat.

However, some experts doubt that claim, citing the sensitivity of AMD's technology, which besides being used widely in consumer personal computers and corporate servers is also used in Defense Department computers and other government machinery.

John Reynolds, an attorney at Wiley, Rein & Fielding in Washington, said the transaction could face scrutiny by Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S., or CFIUS, a 12-member panel headed by the Treasury Department, because the U.S. government is very interested in acquisitions by government-run investment funds, known as sovereign wealth funds, such as Mubadala.

China, Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern and Asian countries have set up such funds, which control an estimated $2.5 trillion in assets.

In addition, if AMD has government contracts for classified work, interest from CFIUS and Congress "is apt to be considerable, even if the investment is non-controlling," Reynolds said.

Generally, passive investments of less than 10 percent of a company's shares do not trigger review by CFIUS. But that is not a hard-and-fast rule, Reynolds said, and an ownership stake below 10 percent is not automatically shielded from review.

AMD shares slid 6 cents to $12.64 in Friday trading.




RE: Abu Dhabi buys stake in chip maker AMD
By BuckNaked on 11/17/2007 11:34:27 PM , Rating: 2
Thanks, I saw that after I posted this... I should have guessed it had already been posted....


RE: Abu Dhabi buys stake in chip maker AMD
By crystal clear on 11/17/07, Rating: 0
RE: Abu Dhabi buys stake in chip maker AMD
By Ringold on 11/18/2007 12:24:20 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Hector RUIZ should relocate his AMD headquaters to Dubai


People wonder how you can create a practical New York City in a small area almost overnight? Free Economic Zones, tax free areas. It's a thing of beauty.

If Dubai's corporate tax rate is low, or zero, I'd agree, AMD should move its HQ to Dubai. If they were making profit we'd just be taxing them to death anyway. A lower tax rate would be a competitive advantage; it might be a nice wake-up call to California, and the country. Not as though Dubai doesn't have all the creature comforts, if not more, than Sunnyvale.


RE: Abu Dhabi buys stake in chip maker AMD
By Ringold on 11/18/2007 12:30:22 PM , Rating: 2
I just checked, and they can get a renewable 50 year guarantee of zero corporate taxes, and there are zero import or export duties, no income taxes, complete free movement of capital. Only oil firms (55% on UAE sourced revenue) and banks (20%) pay out.

AMD: Forget California.


RE: Abu Dhabi buys stake in chip maker AMD
By crystal clear on 11/18/2007 8:11:29 PM , Rating: 2
Yes you are right-I have exstensive knowledge of that area(business).
They have Indians/Pakistani/Bangla deshis etc in the thousands doing all types of jobs.

AMD could set up its factory there including R&D with CHEAP qualifed talented labour from the above worker pools.

India is only a few hours away by flight.

The govt there also finances your relocation programme & will give you cheap loans & even subsidize you & more.

Even better BUYOUT AMD for a few billions-no problem !

Sounds wierd but true-they want to diversify their economy as oil resources cannot last forever & finance them.

Then AMD can fight INTEL with all the money power & tell the stock exchanges/analyst/wall street etc-GO TO HELL.

Like I would tell all those who enjoy voting me down-GO TO HELL.

Have a nice day RINGOLD !


By Ringold on 11/18/2007 11:25:10 PM , Rating: 2
Thank you, crystal clear.

I suspect the people that modded you down are the same sort that thought the Dubai ports deal would've somehow jeapordized US security or sovereignty.. or simply believe that US firms being "taken over" by "foreign" firms is somehow bad.

You know, another advantage Dubai will have is that within a couple decades you'll be able to brag that not only is India a few hours by flight, so is much of Africa. Africa is the next stop for the cheap labor gravy train, and Dubai is nicely sandwiched between what will be India and China that straddle the industrial and information age and a rapidly growing Africa. It's not horribly far from Eastern Europe, which.. has great potential. They need to get the pain of decoupling their currencies and slaying inflation over with, but after that, great potential.

It looks very much like Hong Kong, come to think of it, in many ways.. except even better, since it's not so geographically limited. Hell, not enough beach front real estate? Lets build a massive island, boys!

If America shows its appreciation to AMD by nailing AMD with our corporate taxes, income taxes, and everything else, then AMD could move to Dubai. America still benefits as a more competitive AMD, especially if it were just bought out (if you remember some of my past posts I've advocated that for a while now), because then we'd get higher performance lower cost parts. We'll have taxed some jobs away, but such is the cost of "social safety nets".

Of course, India has free economic zones too, as do other places, but you brought up Dubai in particular, so thats the one I'm defending. India is getting all the love & attention these days anyway.

I'd like to get established with a family first, but Dubai is on my short list of places to go to work for sure.

Just have to convince someone to hire and send me there to do... something..


RE: Abu Dhabi buys stake in chip maker AMD
By crystal clear on 11/18/2007 7:54:53 PM , Rating: 2
Amongst all those idiots & ignorant fools - who are in a big hurry to vote me down(not that I care) there is one RINGOLD who really sees the economic value of my comment.

I wonder if they have been to DUBAI to know what you & I are talking about.

They certainly dont have the senior mangerial experience & knowledge of international business.

All they ever knew is to do their 9 to 5 job isolated from the realities of business world in front of their computer screens.

If only they knew this-

Either you work yourself up or RUST your way out.


By kalak on 11/23/2007 12:54:49 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Amongst all those idiots & ignorant fools


Why so much anger ?
:-))

quote:
They certainly dont have the senior mangerial experience & knowledge of international business.


WOW ! I´m really impressed.... O_o


amd has been a great stepping stone for hector
By GeorgeOrwell on 11/17/07, Rating: 0
By Treckin on 11/17/2007 6:40:30 PM , Rating: 2
That analogy had so much potential before you got to it....
What a shame :-(


By Gul Westfale on 11/17/2007 6:58:48 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
Hector has proved, beyond a doubt, that he is able to spin 5 years of non-performance into some Phenom-enal press releases.


isn't that true of all politicians? and btw, hector is in fact an advisor to GWB, not hilary clinton.


By Ben on 11/18/2007 3:43:40 AM , Rating: 1
LOL

Well put. I've thought of the similarities, but you did a better job of connecting the dots for everyone than I could have. :)


RE: amd has been a great stepping stone for hector
By Ringold on 11/18/2007 12:43:14 PM , Rating: 1
That was the best post you've ever made at DT I think, no idea why it's at -1!

It also leads me to think your other posts aren't true sheer paranoia, but joking that the rest of us don't get. I wont bet on that yet though.

I got a buck that says Hillary picks Richards at VP, though. Makes sense. A pseudo-Dixiecrat who's still done some things favorable by the left wing. He has worn boots to debates, instantly getting the attention of the South. He has actual experience, rather than her mere back-seat driving (in fact, given the other candidates, he's over-qualified). Plus, he's actually likeable, and the bitch-factor must be balanced in the general election where the mere "Clinton" name won't win additional votes; Reagan had Reagan Democrats, but Clinton never had Clinton Republicans.


RE: amd has been a great stepping stone for hector
By JS on 11/18/2007 8:03:15 PM , Rating: 1
Perhaps it's at -1 because it is totally uncalled for political propaganda that doesn't belong here?


By Ringold on 11/18/2007 11:27:05 PM , Rating: 2
I took it as amusing, though, not even as propaganda; like I said, I'm beginning to think his posts are all just really odd humor rather than being serious..

'Cause if he really is serious, well, then you're right.


Finally!
By akugami on 11/17/2007 7:43:45 PM , Rating: 2
While Hecter Ruiz has been good for AMD in the beginning I have long felt that they got complacent with the success of the Athlons and from there on just kind of coasted along.

I've felt that for the last 3 years AMD has been slacking and haven't truly innovated and brought out superior products as needed when competing with a competitor that has as much market share as Intel.

My only concern is that this new guy has been "groomed" into the CEO position. What AMD needs is not the same old same old but a fire lit under it's workers to create a new innovative product much like the Athlons.




RE: Finally!
By zpdixon on 11/17/2007 8:37:57 PM , Rating: 2
quote:

My only concern is that this new guy has been "groomed" into the CEO position. What AMD needs is not the same old same old but a fire lit under it's workers to create a new innovative product much like the Athlons.

Ha ! Worry not. Dirk Meyer is precisely the one who led the team that designed the Athlon :)


RE: Finally!
By afkrotch on 11/18/2007 7:16:08 AM , Rating: 2
I hate the word innovative, as half the crap out there isn't. Just like the Athlon. Nothing more than a standard evolution of procs.

You know what'd be innovative? A light based processor that is powered by decaying Twix bars.


It's about time
By Ben on 11/18/2007 3:41:08 AM , Rating: 2
You mean someone has finally noticed that Hector has steered the company on a steady decline since Jerry Sanders stepped down? Someone is finally wondering if he has the best intentions for AMD in mind?

The sooner he is replaced, the better. I've been saying this for months now.

What's it going to take?

Send the MF packing!




Whats this
By BruceLeet on 11/18/2007 11:13:25 AM , Rating: 2
Whats this stuff about Hector Ruiz being behind the Athlons? lol Dirk Meyer is the one who oversaw and lead the design team for the Athlons, Hector Ruiz wasn't even CEO when the Athlons were being designed, some of you people are a good read.

I agree with MonkeyPaw,
quote:
AMD and ATI are big companies, and they exist in a time sensitive market. Those that think that their merger would bring an overnight success are either dreamers or fools. Virtually all of the products coming out today are not collaborative efforts, but projects that have been independently in the works for several years.
+1

Now obviously this will be the same when Dirk Meyer takes Hectors place, we wont see any overnight change dont count on it




Hm
By SavagePotato on 11/17/2007 5:19:27 PM , Rating: 1
I think they should have replaced him with Dirk Diggler, turn AMD into a chip maker / hardcore porn studio.




Hector Ousted
By AvidDailyTechie on 11/17/2007 11:06:33 PM , Rating: 1
First thing that came to mind: THANK GOD!

I don't know who this new guys is, but I do know Senior Hector's record... 0-2.




AMD to Replace CEO Hector Ruiz with Dirk Meyer
By Puking Hector on 11/17/07, Rating: -1
RE: AMD to Replace CEO Hector Ruiz with Dirk Meyer
By crfog on 11/18/2007 12:32:44 AM , Rating: 2
A post that smacks of illiteracy, incoherence and ignorance, authored by an account created specifically to share this crap with everyone else. A sure sign that Dailytech is becoming more popular...

Is it possible to have a "report post" option or something along those lines? Not only does this post not contribute anything to the topic at hand, it's also offensive. I know I'd prefer to browse Dailytech without seeing stuff like this.


By mindless1 on 11/18/2007 1:17:17 AM , Rating: 2
Then set your comments threshold higher and wait for people to downgrade it.


By KristopherKubicki (blog) on 11/18/2007 1:49:19 AM , Rating: 2
As the users' average rating begins to plummet, we start to instigate some meta moderation. We regularly purge users with low thresholds.


By CyborgTMT on 11/18/2007 4:10:35 AM , Rating: 4
Oh crap.... time to start posting some jokes.


RE: AMD to Replace CEO Hector Ruiz with Dirk Meyer
By Ringold on 11/18/2007 12:50:11 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
We regularly purge users


You know, Kris, I really like all your posts. Very informative, innovative, and all around spectacular.

In fact, I think perhaps San Fransisco should be renamed Kubickigrad, in your honor!

;P


By KristopherKubicki (blog) on 11/18/2007 1:25:10 PM , Rating: 4
I, for one, welcome myself as our new overlord! :)


By kalak on 11/23/2007 1:05:19 PM , Rating: 2
"- Brown !"
"- Red !"
"- You chose aaaalll !"


By Ringold on 11/18/2007 12:59:19 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
Bowing To Mecca..


I just thought I'd quote this:

quote:
Local emiratees make up a mere 22% of the population with Indians, Pakistanis, Iranians and Southeast Asians and latterly westerners choosing to make Dubai their home. The population remains predominately Muslim. However, in contrast to growing hostility towards western values elsewhere in the Middle East, ethnic and religious tensions are rare and Dubai has gained a reputation as something of a safe haven where westerners can go about their business without fear of attack , and crime in general is very low.


That from an investment report. Wiki has more recent numbers -- a mere 17% of the population now is even local, the rest expatriate.

The official state religion is Islam, but the defacto state religion of America is, generally speaking, protestant. The only church we all tithe to The Holy Church of Uncle Sam.


"I modded down, down, down, and the flames went higher." -- Sven Olsen

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