Wednesday, May 15
Ugh Bleh Edition
- Intel announced a whole new lineup of CPU security flaws today. (Tom's Hardware)
The flaws, nicknamed ZombieLoad, affect every hyper-threaded Intel CPU manufactured since 2008.
The solution is to disable hyper-threading, which reduces performance on heavily threaded workloads by about 20% but is probably better than having all your data stolen.
Mitigation patches are flying all over the place right now.
- The OnePlus 7 is neither bad nor horrifyingly expensive. (AnandTech)
It's drawing wide praise, in fact. And it can be yours for "only" $670. (My current phone cost $150 outright.) That's the most expensive phone from OnePlus so far, but it's cheaper than an entry-level iPhone XR.
It lacks wireless charging, which is annoying, and a headphone jack, which is double plus annoying. Either of those is a deal breaker for me.
- Samsung announced its 3nm GAA MBCFET PDK 0.1 with 3GAE risk production in H2 2020 and 3GAP the following year. (AnandTech)
In human speak, 3nm chips will be here in just a couple of years.
- Infinite online storage for free!
Until Google fixes it, so a couple of weeks tops.
- One strike and you're out as far as Facebook Live goes. (ZDNet)
As of last night when I heard about this, the fear/rumor was that said patches would hurt performance a lot.
Supposedly 8th and 9th-gen chips are immune to this particular set of flaws, and I assume Zen is as well. If I go Intel with my next CPU it'll almost certainly be something like the 9700K--no HT.
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Plus, glass backs? Barf.
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