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The Register flicked over from watching Masai herdsmen slaughter a cow and drink its hot blood to find another type of blood sacrifice on CNN.

The very winsome Willow Bay was sat in the garden of Broadcom CEO Henry Nicholas' chatting about this and that. His nickname is Nick because there's another senior Henry at Broadcom.

They chatted about this and that but more especially about that lawsuit and those harsh words that Intel used when it filed the action last week.

Nicholas, a giant of a man, wholeheartedly denied all of Intel's claims and indeed pointed out that the whole thing went back to the earlier lawsuit we reported at the beginning of this year.

He said that it was very common practice for high tech companies' staff to move about, and insisted this was an important component in the growth of high tech companies.

He also revealed something about Broadcom's ethos -- he's a multibillionaire himself and there are around 100 millionaires working for the firm. When you've got that much oof, he said, it's hard to spend it, and he and his other senior execs spend an incredible number of hours in the day working for the firm.

Nor did he think it important that Broadcom should model itself on other high tech companies, including Intel, it should just press ahead in its own way, making money and mopping up deals.

He absolutely denied the claims that Broadcom had copied Intel technologies.

Broadcom is doing excessively well, which may account for some of the venom in Intel's filing. Even the Greater Intel's capacious stores of loot are not enough to mop up this particular fly in the ointment.

Willow's travelling up the West Coast visiting high tech firms, so we'll keep an eye out for her tonight. ®

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