I think its good. Any kind of advancement in the technology is a good thing. Doesn't matter if AMD or Intel discovered it.
In the end, it makes things better for us--the end user. And it eventually gets refined and it works better. All the "old" stuff gets cheaper for US.
It also makes everything ELSE outdated as soon as a newer, more better, more faster processor comes out on the market.
You can buy a P4 1.6ghz--2.1ghz CPU for PENNIES compared to what they cost when they were new on the market. Thats because the older stuff has been replaced with the newest and bestest thing--which right now, is Hyper-Threading Technology.
I'm building a new system for my Dad and I'm gonna buy an older P4 thats only 2.1ghz or less. I can get it cheap, and it'll run circles around his old Pll at 266mhz. It won't have Hyper-Threading Technology, but he doesn't need it for a simple surfing and word-processing PC. It'll still be 10 times faster than his current dinosaur.
I love it when a manufacturer comes out with a new product. Makes all the stuff I want RIGHT NOW suddenly cheaper. I'll try the "current" new technology when its been replaced buy the newest thing---and now the "current" technology is outdated and CHEAP.
Ya just can't help but luv them R&D guys.
Bring on the new products!!!