01.23.21

InteLeaks – Part XXIX: Harbor Research Did Not Produce a Study But an Elaborate Hoax for Intel, Suggesting Microsoft Partnership and Outsourcing Based on Zero Evidence and No Solid Rationale

Posted in Deception, Free/Libre Software, Hardware, Microsoft at 7:50 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: The pseudo-scientific ‘report’ from Harbor Research is more of the same nonsense we’ve grown accustomed to; unethical if not rogue firms are being paid to lie — or to perpetuate falsehoods which someone stands to gain from

THIS is likely the last video in this series (see the series’ index in our relevant wiki page). “Let’s sit down and have a chat”-type ‘research’ by Harbor Research isn’t scientific. I’ve seen many studies and scientific papers over the years. I carefully reviewed some and wrote some extensive reports. What Harbor Research produces is akin to a PowerPoint presentation with stick figures and logos in it. It refers to a bunch of chats, not any analytical or in-depth investigation. It makes recommendations based on just about nothing of substance. One might joke that Harbor Research is in fact not a research firm but a marketing agency. Why did Intel hire those people?

“Given the direction Intel has chosen, boosted by fake ‘research’ from Harbor Research, the company may be doomed.”In yesterday’s news we already saw ongoing outsourcing of oneAPI to Microsoft (GitHub). It’s like Intel employees work for Microsoft instead of Intel and developers who use Intel’s APIs are expected to become “slaves” of Microsoft. This is a recipe for putting them off and driving them away. The coreboot developers had a thing or two to say about recent Intel platforms (last month) and based on news sent to us this morning Intel is trying “to rebuild its engineering corps” (it knows it’s falling way behind) and Intel “is in trouble.” (According to one of the biggest papers out there)

Another bit of news sent to us this morning says: “Intel is one of the few remaining semiconductor firms that both designs and manufactures its own chips, but the business model has come into question in recent years as the company lost its manufacturing lead to the Taiwanese and Korean companies.”

Given the direction Intel has chosen, boosted by fake ‘research’ from Harbor Research, the company may be doomed. No wonder so many engineers have left or ponder leaving. I know several who left recently. Intel will never publicly admit that. It pretends all is well and “business as usual”…

“Intel is not only pivoting towards Windows,” told us a former Intel insider, “but more specifically proprietary software for Windows. This looks like a move to make it twice as difficult to excise the Wintel platform from your infrastructure after a decade of seeing developers retargetting their applications to run on Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android operating systems on non-Intel hardware. If the tide isn’t stemmed now, it will soon be too late, especially as Android and iOS apps can be run on ChromeOS and macOS respectively.”

“Intel’s actions and this report also looks like seeking approval from Microsoft,” the former insider added, “because something might have happened behind the scenes with respect to Microsoft de-emphasising support for Intel platforms with their recent Surface hardware containing Qualcomm chips, but even more Microsoft being forced to start working on its own server chips for Azure due to increased pricing pressure from AWS.”

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