jonathanleger - 1:21 am on Sep 22, 2010 (gmt 0)
but when I buy a chip and the specs say such and such I don't wanna get home and install it only to find wah this isn't what i paid for, or there is some extra part of the chip being wasted just cause intel wants to squeeze more cash out of me.
But what if the specs don't say everything the chip is capable of? What if the specs promise ABC and delivery ABC, telling you that an upgrade is available later? It doesn't matter that the chip contains everything from the get go -- because so does the software.
That's the point I'm making. The software also contains everything that the "upgrade" promises before you ever upgrade -- it's just not written on the box. When you pay to "upgrade" it just throws some switches and gives you "better" software -- but it's still the same software, just unlocked.
Intel is attempting the same thing. Don't write everything the hardware is capable of on the box, but offer an upgrade to those capabilities for an unlock fee. It's just like the way software works.
If the box says you get ABC and that if you upgrade you get an additional XYZ, that's the same as shareware or software upgrades. So if you don't have a problem with software upgrades, you shouldn't have a problem with hardware upgrades.
For both products it was all there to begin with, you just unlocked it with the extra "upgrade" payment.