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Meltdown, Spectre: The password theft bugs at the heart of Intel CPUs

Ken Hagan Gold badge

Re: When do the lawsuits begin ? Class actions...

For anyone who pays for their time on a platform, "30% slower" equates pretty directly to a figure for damages. We won't necessarily see a class action though. Instead, we may find that cloud providers simply lower their charges for Intel-based VMs (to avoid being sued by their own customers) and then turn around to Intel and ask for a lump sum to cover it.

For anyone running a system on average at anything below 70% of its rated power, it would be harder to come up with (and defend in court) a particular figure for damages. Those cases would be messy, so I don't expect too many of the little guys will take Intel to court.

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