OT: Just for PC Planning, the Intel Issue

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Denise | Forum Activity | Posted: Wed, Jan 3 2018 7:12 AM

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/jan/03/major-security-flaw-found-intel-processors-computers-windows-mac-os-linux 

I'm not a hardware person, so feel free to comment. The issue that caught my eye (if true) was moving the memory, with a measurable hit on performance. Luckily, my PC is nearing death, and pretty much off the internet.

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Sean | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jan 3 2018 8:15 AM

I am interested in hearing from hardware people what they think about this for Logos and beyond.

I'm very Angry about this. I just bought a new computer last year, something I don't get to do very often, and I'm going to be very unhappy if it takes a big performance hit from this.

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JRS | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jan 3 2018 8:31 AM

First impression:  Class action lawsuits will be filed before the end of the day (and new lawyer ads on tv by tomorrow).

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JRS | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jan 3 2018 9:12 AM

ExtremeTech suggests that it also affects ARM cpus but probably not AMD.  It may only affect pre-Haswell chips. 

The article's conclusion is probably the best advice for now,

"Right now, the list of what we don’t know is longer than what we do. There are implications for cloud vendors and developers across the entire spectrum where ARM and x86 are deployed, but until we know more about the security flaw and at-risk systems, we’d counsel against any quick conclusions."

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Denise | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jan 3 2018 9:28 AM

Randy W. Sims:

This topic was also brought up here: https://community.logos.com/forums/t/156864.aspx 

Oops! Sorry, Randy. Buying a PC was on my radar.

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Ezra Miller | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Jan 6 2018 7:30 PM

Just buy an AMD powered machine instead.  Although if people look hard and long enough, there will always be flaws in anything man-made.

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