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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review May 22, 2009 / 28 Iyar 5769

Tech innovation from the (court) bench?

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Last week, Neelie Kroes, the European Commissioner for Competition, announced that the European Union has levied a 1 billion Euro ($1.45 billion) fine against Intel Corp., the Santa Clara, California-based chip maker, allegedly for stymieing sales of computer chips by other makers, specifically Advanced Micro Devices, headquartered next door to Intel in Sunnyvale, Calif.


If the fine stands against an appeal promised May 13 by Intel president and chief executive Paul Otellini, it will be, in my view, a dark day for technological innovation, and for the free market. Innovation, the so-called "Eurocrats" seem to think, must come from the judicial bench, and not the laboratory.


As has happened in other antitrust matters, most notably that of Internet Web browsers, real innovation is passing the European Union and its antitrust lawyers by at record speed. Both AMD and Intel are developing new chips; Apple Inc., which switched to the Intel platform, is hiring its own coterie of chip designers for the iPhone, iPod and similar items. None of this metamorphosis is coming from a judge's chambers.


Moreover, the Intel chips which the EU is complaining about are being supplanted by other chips of greater power and lower cost, from both AMD and Intel. According to DigiTimes, a Taiwan-based IT newspaper, Intel has its roadmap, including faster, less-expensive chips for ultralight "netbook" computers. Thus, the products over which the EU is fighting will be outclassed shortly.


I'm not a lawyer, nor do I play one on television, but I have watched this business closely since (gasp) 1983. My personal preference is for open and fair competition, and the more players, the better. But the market has spoken: Intel's processors have greater market share than AMD's, although the AMD chips remain quite popular. The allegation that Intel is unfairly pricing its product and using other strictures to seal up market share is what's at stake here, but it seems to me that such claims ignore a crucial aspect of market reality.


As much as Intel may (or may not) wish to "dominate" a certain market, it's the quality of the product, and not only the "bill of materials" cost that will keep a computer maker on their side. If Intel's processors didn't perform the necessary tasks quickly and well, Intel's customers would go elsewhere. Period.


Instead, as we've seen in recent years, the opposite has taken place. Four years ago, Apple Inc. stunned much of the world by saying they'd move their computing platform, and operating software, from the IBM-spawned PowerPC chip to Intel's processors. Today, you can't buy a Macintosh computer from Apple without it containing an Intel CPU. Customers seem happy, and there's no indication that Apple is ready to switch again.


Unless, of course, you count the iPhone/iPod chip-engineer recruitment drive Apple's been on lately. Right now, the firm uses processors based on technology from ARM Holdings, which specializes in what are called 32-bit RISC, or reduced instruction-set computing, chips. Many media reports indicate Apple is looking for a new team to design processors for iPhones and iPods that, presumably, Apple itself can make, or have made.


So far as I can determine, Apple's move has noting — at all — to do with any desires on the part of the European Commission.


That being the case, one has to wonder what the Eurocrats really want in this case, as well as the earlier action this year regarding Microsoft Corp. and its Internet Explorer Web browser. If its goal is to create some kind of "open market" where one doesn't exist, it's my opinion that the folks in Brussels are already behind the curve.


If you don't like the iPhone, for example, there are tons of alternatives, the most popular of which seem to be Research in Motion's BlackBerry line of phones. If you don't like, or want, the chips found in most notebook or desktop PCs, the "netbook" has many flavors of CPU options. Do you think Microsoft is a front for Satan and his legions? The Linux operating system and, even under Windows, products such as the Firefox Web browser, Thunderbird e-mail and OpenOffice.org productivity software, as mentioned recently, are all available, and free for the asking.


In short, in case after case, time after time, the free market has remedied the alleged failings national and pan-national bureaucracies have gone tilting after. That should provide a lesson for someone up there, but I have the feeling it won't.

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JWR contributor Mark Kellner has reported on technology for industry newspapers and magazines since 1983, and has been the computer columnist for The Washington Times since 1991.Comment by clicking here.

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