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While this has existed for the past decade, it has only been discovered recently. We have been "living with it", because, as far as we know no one had discover and exploit it. These patches, while slowing performance slightly and only in some use cases, will fix the problem.
Also, jumping immediately to some conspiracy by Microsoft doesn't make sense. First, as Anthony previously stated, Linux is being patched. Mac OS will also be updated.
Second, this issue affects the kernel, which has nothing to do with whether traditional Win32 or Windows Store apps are running on top of it. Deliberately slowing the kernel to induce people to use Windows Store apps is completely nonsensical.
This patch should only significantly affect use cases doing a lot of work in kernel space. NVDA will likely not be affected by this.
It just seems odd that we have if you believe all this lived with this for a
decade and I'd have thought there was now a bit of the shutting the stable
door when all the horses have gone about trying to retro patch it I
understand the biggest losers could be the big server companies who might be
using Intel chipped hardware, and hence need things sorting out.
So Maybe I should get my claim for a new processor in tomorrow to be in
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Antony Stone" <antony.stone@...>
Sent: Wednesday, January 03, 2018 10:23 AM
Subject: Re: [nvda] Will this patch to windows for Intel chips impact speed
>I do not suspect ulterior motives on Microsoft's part in this case, because
> the Linux kernel is being patched in just the same way for just the same
> On Wednesday 03 January 2018 at 11:17:37, Brian's Mail list account via
> Groups.Io wrote:
>> Oh really, well, I'm not so sure. It feeds into the mindset that says
>> Microsofts eventual aim is to lock people in to getting software from its
>> store and nowhere else in the 'interests' of security, when in reality
>> want to do what Apple is doing, create an ecosystem and make it hard for
>> third parties to just allow their software to run on a system.
>> Whether you suspect ulterior motives or not is your choice.
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "Antony Stone" <antony.stone@...>
>> To: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>> Sent: Wednesday, January 03, 2018 10:03 AM
>> Subject: Re: [nvda] Will this patch to windows for Intel chips impact
>> for nvda?
>> >A large number of security flaws (in both software and hardware) do not
>> >get discovered for a long time after they crept into the design.
>> > I think "if the security hole has been in the chips for a decade, I'm
>> > not
>> > so sure its that much of an issue" is a dangerous assumption, and not
>> > borne out by Microsoft's sudden activity to patch Windows in such a way
>> > that it will have a definite performance penalty. If the 10-year old
>> > security flaw were not much of a problem, Microsoft wouldn't react in a
>> > way
>> > that unavoidably impacts the majority of Windows users.
>> > Antony.
>> > On Wednesday 03 January 2018 at 10:52:15, Brian's Mail list account via
>> > Groups.Io wrote:
>> >> https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/01/02/intel_cpu_design_flaw/
>> >> I hope that link works, but its easy to find on that site in any case.
>> >> I'm not saying this sounds like paranoia, as I do not know enough to
>> >> make
>> >> such a comment, but if the security hole has been in the chips for a
>> >> decade, I'm not so sure its that much of an issue. at any rate I guess
>> >> all those out there with AMD chips will be chortling loudly.
>> >> If its a fault in the chip this seems that it could leave Intel open
>> >> to
>> >> action to give everyone new chips!
>> >> Brian
> When you find yourself arguing with an idiot,
> you should first of all make sure that the other person isn't doing the
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