A year after Meltdown and Spectre, security researchers are still announcing new serious risks from low-level chip operations

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RIP Hyper-Threading? ChromeOS axes key Intel CPU feature over data-leak flaws – Microsoft, Apple suggest snub

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The only certain protection against Spectre is a cleric with turn undead.

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No, no no! Wrong genre! The one true saviour is James Bond!

In all seriousness, I would not be surprised to learn that some of these defects were introduced on purpose, by engineers who were covertly working for some government intelligence agency. Or thought they were working for some government intelligence agency, it’s not really reasonable to think that a spy will tell you who he really works for.

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