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It boggles the mind that amongst greater competition from AMD and ARM, Intel decides that what it's business model needs is a subscription fee to unlock CPU features:

@devinprater @jokeyrhyme Broadcom already paved the way for this with the hardware codecs in RaspBerry Pis, which you have to pay extra rent to unlock.

The very concept of "IP" leads to vendors imagining that they literally still own the things they make and sell, it's only natural then to try and extract rents more and more from "customers".

@jokeyrhyme @seachaint @devinprater that’s pretty common for codecs and not specific to the pi. Its also no longer the case now that MPEG-2 licensing expired

@seachaint @devinprater @jokeyrhyme like I’m not saying it’s good but that money never went to Broadcom it went to the MPEG-2 patent pool

@cinebox @devinprater @jokeyrhyme Is that to say that the Pi can now have codecs unlocked freely? Great news if so: How does one go about unlocking those sweet, sweet codecs at last? :)

(I was always too stubborn to pay for pure IP leechery)

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