Re: Mitigations, mitigations
> it is also their personal work pc
Indeed. Not everybody has the budget to give people two separate computers, one for "serious work" and one for office/web use. Which means that only a few "serious work" computers can be isolated and left unpatched, most work computers need to be able to face the Wild Wild Web, and thus have to be slowed to oblivion (given they weren't that fast to start with).
Obviously YMMV, depending on which domain you work in, but generally speaking I doubt CPU security mitigations will cause beancounters to approve hardware renewal, especially since it would be to buy more of the same.
And once those mitigations are compiled into the programs you use, you are stuck no matter what processor you might eventually use. CPU check? You don't seriously think they'll go through that hassle if they can sell you a new, "updated" version instead... So, more money your already insufficient budget doesn't account for.