Intel once called AMD the Milli Vanilli of chips so I suppose it's no surprise that AMD should jump on Intel's bad news and turn it into its own good news.\nThe microprocessor number two celebrates the EC fine and judgement and says that "Intel broke the law and consumers were hurt". I don't know so much about the first part of that statement but I really, really, really\u00a0doubt the second part. Really.\nMost consumers I know feel that PCs are cheap as... well, chips. The downward spiral in PC pricing and the concurrent improvement in capabilities is, in fact, a capsule\u00a0argument for the benevolent effects of the\u00a0whole philosophy of\u00a0capitalism. The deals now are terrific: for \u00c2\u00a3250 you get a fast computer that will last you five years or\u00a0more as your main\u00a0work productivity tool. The same amount of money will buy you 80 pints of beer, a suit, five tickets to the football or theatre or a good meal for two in a London restaurant.\nIt's the bargain du jour and it's caused by the fact that there is very real competition throughout the PC supply chain and among makers of PCs themselves. Who knows whether Intel really\u00a0hamstrung AMD --\u00a0but if it did, it didn't do so at\u00a0any great cost to PC buyers.