* Posts by robzap123

1 post • joined 23 Jan 2018

Meltdown/Spectre week three: World still knee-deep in something nasty


Re: Intel "shouldn't be selling CPUs?"

I'm not one for dwelling in the past, but the relentless upgrade cycle that is a product of marketing departments urged on by sales departments, who are in turn urged on by heads of corporations who are hell-bent on pleasing their stockholders so that they can take bigger bonuses, is making no sense at all! There are some really pressing environmental issues threatening the medium-long term existence of life on this planet that we need to address urgently! Whether we use computers that can process at 100 teraflops or 2 teraflops, is that going to make any difference to how we solve those problems? Just the sheer quantity of resources that are wasted in the upgrading of systems that enable process of computing complex mathematical models that confirm the bleedin' obvious makes me feel sad. Of all the e-waste that is generated, how much of it is actually recycled without causing more pollution and bad health outcomes? All the extra computing power enabled by "faster everything" is squandered by inefficient and porous code that make the hackers rub their hands together. How productive can you be if your software doesn't work properly, isn't supported properly and the target of hackers? Get real everyone!


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