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Remember the 'banned' G4 non-exported supercomputer commercials??
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Apr 16, 2004, 06:26 PM
Not the Apple-done ones, but they were produced by some guy with a DV Cam or something? They were in reference to the 'classified as a supercomputer, not allowed to be exported' thing that Steve made a big deal about back when they were first intro'd.

These particular ones had a black van, car chase, guys in trenchcoats...of course I think they were quashed by Apple legal with the usual promptness. I'm trying to track down a reference to them however...
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Apr 16, 2004, 06:28 PM
They did have the G4-tank ad... we can't export to [insert list]... I want that ad

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Apr 16, 2004, 10:03 PM
i have the ad you mentioned somewhere... the black van one...

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Apr 17, 2004, 05:28 AM
does anyone know if that export restriction is still in effect? won't all consumer computers reach "supercomputer" status at some point, if they haven't already?

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Apr 17, 2004, 09:34 AM
They've raised the standard as to what the government would officially call a supercomputer.

However, "supercomputer" status (opinions of old white lawmaking technophiles notwithstanding) is a moving target, simply meaning that it's among the fastest in the world at the time.

The highest-end G4 is outperformed by lowly sub-$600 Athlon systems now.
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