"Basically Mike was not very active in the company when Tate and the lawyers started getting greedy/desperate after the Intel 820/rdram fiasco (apparently caused by bad intc engineering wrt timing) and had moved on to other things."
So in 1998, when Tate sent out the super secret e-mail about how Gelsinger was really, finally fed up this time and not kidding around any more about kicking Farmwald's crap outfit to the curb...
That e-mail, where the most important conclusions were that they might have to sue world + dog really really quick and they'd better put the shredders in overdrive, but they could still keep dumping their stock Farmwald was certainly "out of the loop", no?
He was obviously so busy in the super-science lab with beakers of bubbling bits to mail right back like this...
"I also think we should carefully document all conversations with Intel. If it comes to all-out war, many of the statements/demands they've made will look extremely bad both to the press, a court, and to the FTC. More interesting, if they violate the current contract, are we in a position to go after them for royalties (punitive?) on their chips, cpu, etc. that violate *any* of Rambus' patents?"
He was probably so involved in bit Physics in 2000 he couldn't tear himself away from the bit beaker to file his form 4 until 2003.
I think rmbs will be gone quite soon - probably ip purchased for a few bucks a share, but lets talk about prkr for a moment.
They make rmbs look like Mathatma f'ing Gandhi.
Prkr has an interesting history to be sure, personally, I think prkr will be one of the ponzi-equivalents that are collapsing during these tough economic times when investors ask more questions and become pickier.
It is interesting to compare the bashing of Dr F. with the bashing of Manuel Asensio from years back. Asensio was of course the previous villianous short who first said prkr's developments at the time (this was pre-d2p) was a scam and it appears he was 100% correct.
If you go back a few years on this board you can see the same cast of characters (prkr employees) bashing Asensio.