Conan OBrian Visits Intel Santa Clara

Intel sponsored Conan OBrian when he was in San Francisco. He thanked them by visiting the Santa Clara site. Everything he says is funny and sadly true.

Update 7/8/07: Evil, money grubbing NBC forced YouTube to remove the clips.

1000 People To Be Laid Off At Intel Rio Rancho Plant

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — Intel Corp. said Tuesday that it expects to cut more than 1,000 jobs at its Rio Rancho plant as the company ends production of an older silicon wafer technology. Intel will stop making the 200-millimeter wafers at the plant by the end of August, and affected employees will be offered severance packages or can apply for other jobs within the company, spokesman Jami Grindatto said.

Anyone who works at the Intel Rio Rancho plant knew this was coming. I know a large number of people that have been waiting to for a chance to get out with a severance package. Still, this sucks. One fifth (20%) of the people that work at this plant will be gone wether they like it or not.

The AP article doesn’t mention when Intel expect to have everyone out but this KOB article say they start in August.

A article from the Albuquerque Tribune says:

Larry Waldman, a senior economist with the University of New Mexico’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research, projects the layoffs expected to come in August could cause the loss of another 1,000 jobs in places such as the retail and service sectors. “It’s not going to be just 1,000 jobs when you look at effects on other parts of the economy,” said Waldman, referring to retail and service jobs that might supplement Intel workers. While that may not be the rosiest picture, Waldman said the losses will have only a minor impact on the economies of both the state and Albuquerque metro

Update 5/7/07: From the Trib:

U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici has asked Labor Secretary Elaine Chao to assign staff from her agency’s Dallas office to coordinate job placement programs for the 1,000-plus workers expected to lose their jobs at Intel Corp.’s Rio Rancho plant.

Intel Will Upgrade Rio Rancho Plant

Intel Corp. said on Monday it will spend $1 billion to $1.5 billion to retool a factory in New Mexico, which will start to make chips with cutting-edge 45-nanometer-wide transistors in the second half of 2008.

The factory to be renovated in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, is known as Fab 11X and will be the fourth Intel plant to use 45-nanometer technology, which includes new materials that boost chip efficiency by cutting leakage of electrical current.

My employment is secure.

Here’s a little bit more information about the IRB that was used to fund this upgrade. Looks like there’s some money left in the pot.

Intel Preps Mac Mini Look-Alike

News that Intel wants to rip off the Mac mini.

A new Wintel prototype that openly apes Apple Computer’s popular Mac mini is due out this week, sources told Wired News, giving Intel a showcase to prove its chips are a match for anyone when it comes to tiny PC designs.

Working prototypes of the Mac mini look-alike running Microsoft Windows and based on Intel’s Pentium M CPU have already been built by Taiwan PC maker AOpen at Intel’s request, according to two sources in Taiwan’s PC manufacturing industry who have seen them.

Did Ex-Intel Engineer Maher Mofeid Aid The Taliban?

When Ex-Intel engineer Maher ‘Mike’ Mofeid Hawash was arrested for having done bad things related to the Taliban I was skeptical. I thought that he was probably innocent. My girlfriend disagreed with me, as she usually does, asking, “Why would they arrest him if he didn’t do something wrong?” My argument was that the government was/is desperate to find bad guys so they will find someone who looks like they have done something wrong and try to make an example of them, or to better support the war in Afghanistan. Now he has “pleaded guilty to one of three charges that he conspired to aid and abet the Taliban”. He pleaded guilty either because he cohorsed into it or, more likely, the evidence against him was to overwhelming for him to fight it.

As of recent my thoughts about the government and the media have changed. I still think George Bush is a bad president and his administration is ran just as bad. I still think John Ashcroft is the closest thing to a antichrist that we can get. Mainly because I think the primary mission of the US government and the citizens is to protect and preserve the freedoms that we have. Taking away those freedoms to protect them is the wrong strategy. I have always been aware that the media puts their own spin on the news, Bill O’Reilly and Rush Limbaugh being the most extreme examples of this. I never considered how much spin was put on even local news. A recent Q&A on slashdot with the DOJs IP Attorneys on piracy has also made me rethink who these government guys are and just how they are running things and that my “they don’t care about the public at large” attitude my be misguided.

I made my assumptions on Mr. Hawash’s innocents not on facts, since none was revealed, but more on media spin. I hope to do this less in the future. However I still don’t really know the facts and cannot be sure that he is really innocent or guilty at this point.