Originally Posted by vurbano
SO that answer is a" no" AS a licensed Professional Engineer of more than 20 years I wouldnt have the arrogance to assume that I knew the complete capabilities of all of the engineers in the business. .
Dude - get a life. I didn't say that there are zero developers out there who can do "everything" or that I know the capabilities of EVERY person in my field (that would obviously be impossible to know). I made a general statement that developers almost always specialize - whether it be driver development, application development, web development, database development, etc. There's obviously going to be some amount of crossover, but driver developers don't usually do much in the way of application development and application developers don't usually do much driver development - it's a very different skill set. ATI primarily needs driver developers because they need DRIVERS for their video and tuner chipsets. It ought to follow that they'd go out and get the best DRIVER developers they can find to write DRIVERS. They aren't going to seek out the best application developers to write their drivers for them - that would be foolish.
If I go looking for a new job in my field, I have to find one with a skill set requirement that matches my skills. The job listings don't simply say they want a software engineer with N years of experience. They'll be looking for very specific skills because of, yeah you guessed it - specialization.
Believe me or not, that's the way it is. I'm not being arrogant as you suggest - I was just trying to explain why ATI's current group of engineers wouldn't be well suited to writing the type of software that was being discussed.
The bottom line is that it's extremely unlikely that we'll ever see ATI come out with a quality media player.