Originally Posted by GingerJohn
You usually sign a contract which contains clauses about secrecy and so on, but really there is no guarantee at all.
I actually "stole" some secrets from my last job by accident - I forgot that I had some drawings and calculations printed out in a box at home which I had used on one of my overseas trips. I did it by accident and of course no one noticed, how could they?
Obviously I didn't use them for anything - I called my old company, explained everything, mailed them the originals and shredded the rest - but it shows how easily it could be done with a little forward planning.
They had to fire him, or they would have been accused of being complicit. Also, why employ someone who is going to be in jail for 3 years? And could you ever trust him again?
As for his future, I hope he likes serving fast food...
Yeah, they do have you sign a contract - which is probably why they are taking legal action against him and he pleaded guilty.
lol, it's great that your employers understood. If someone didn't like you there, they'd have made a big deal of it
Originally Posted by Vagrant Storm
Heh, I am sure that was just a blast to the past Bulldozer joke, but...
according this at least some one hired by AMD did steal information. Though AMD supposedly knew nothing about it. I suppose they were just impressed by the guy's ideas and no one was aware that they were not his own. What I want to know is if any of this stolen CPU design from Intel actually made it into any AMD CPU.
It only says they were not aware he was stealing information...it does not say that AMD did not utilize any thing this guy brought to the table.
That would be really hard to prove since AMD would have had to replicate a very large portion of the design to count as stealing. There is no way to prove that a legit AMD engineer didn't come up with. say, a very similar memory controller arch as it is more efficient., etc.
Also, according to this
"AMD was not accused of wrongdoing, and the FBI has stated that there is no evidence that AMD had any involvement in or awareness of Mr. Pani's alleged actions," said Drew Prairie, a spokesman for AMD
Implying that AMD is currently off the hook ... at least until Intel finds evidence contrary to their claim and files charges.