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Meltdown/Spectre week three: World still knee-deep in something nasty

martinusher Silver badge

Re: Intel "shouldn't be selling CPUs?"

>And no, it's not a matter of buggy or crappy. It was a design oversight, or short-sightedness if you will, at the time, combined with the notion that nobody is smart enough to figure this out, and with pressure from benchmarketing types.

Its also a matter of playing the odds. Despite what the typical (noisy) consumer might think there really is no such thing as 100% anything. Designers play the odds because you're always trading off conflicting parameters, you just don't talk about it much because its difficult to explain to people that think entirely in terms of 100% or 0%. So, yes, there's a problem but how much of a problem and how the problem or a fix might affect particular users is a judgment call, especially as the problem manifests itself as an ability to slowly read information about a memory area that shouldn't contain any particularly meaningful information in the first place.

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