Researchers Discover Two Major Flaws in the World’s Computers

Called Meltdown, the first and most urgent flaw affects nearly all microprocessors made by Intel. The second, Spectre, affects most other chips.

Source: Researchers Discover Two Major Flaws in the World’s Computers

It seems back in the 1980s, the Commodore 64 ruling the home market and there being a diverse amount of 8 bit computers and 16 an 32 bit computers just being designed that we didn’t seem to have these issues.

I remember Intel rushed a version of the Pentium, forcing many to reject it and use Cyrix or AMD chips instead.

If you remember from history Intel was one of the first micro-computer CPU chip maker with the Intel 4-bit 4004 that was used in calculators and other devices. It was followed by the 8-bit 8008 and 8080 that Zilog copied to make the Z80 chip that spawned the CP/M-80 PCs (The original DOS was CP/M or Control program for Microcomputers by DRI Digital Research Inc) and Microsoft got 86-DOS or Q-DOS from Seattle Software to make DOS for the IBM PC that used an 8088 CPU that borrowed APIs from CP/M and changed some commands so they are easier to remember, like copy instead of pip etc.

Well fast forward though time as the 80386 80486 and the Pentium series were used as Windows 95 and NT knocked out IBM OS/2, the Macintosh, the Commodore Amiga, and killed Commodore before they could make a new Amiga chipset or the Commodore 65 that was like a Commodore 64 still 8-bit but with Amiga graphics.

Apple struggled, until Steve Jobs came back to reboot the company and merge Next and Apple together to get MacOSX based on *BSD Unix and the MACH kernel than ran better than the old MacOS and ran some of the old Mac apps as well. Apple was not getting enough PowerPC chips nor could they get faster PowerPC chips as the video game console makers got priority, so Apple moved to Intel chips for MacOSX (Now known as MacOS) and apparently might have the same problems the Intel on Windows PC and Linux PCs face.

Now it is msot X86 and X64 chips that have a flaw in them.

Did they know about it and keep it a secret, or did they plan on the flaw to force the sale of new Intel CPUs to replace the flawed ones?

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