From: Adam Lang <email@example.com> > So, basically everyone is saying: > If you need your AS/400 with interactive support, you pay X dollars for the > AS/400 and Y dollars for the interactive hardware. > If you don't want the interactive functionality, you just pay Y dollars for > the AS/400. > It sounds rather similar to the old 386 and 486 days. You paid X dollars > for a CPU and an FPU and you paid less with the FPU disabled. > So Intel had a "FPU tax" in place? :) > Am I following this correctly? > No, it is worse than that. If you want to buy interactive capability, your AS/400 is automatically "upgraded" to the next software tier. E.g. from a P20 to a P30, and all sorts of vendors (incl. IBM) now come and want more money for their products (even if these are not interactive).
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