As we reported last week, Intel’s Meltdown and Spectre patch is causing reboot problems for older processors. Now Intel says the current firmware updates may be causing computers with newer chips to reboot more frequently as well. In a blog post, Intel VP Navin Shenoy said firmware-updated PCs with Ivy Bridge, Sandy Bridge, Skylake, and even Intel’s most recent Kaby Lake processors are all affected.
The patches can also impact performance, with Intel saying that data center tests simulating a stock exchange interaction and online transaction showed a 4 percent slowdown. Other testing of various server workloads showed a slowdown of as much as 25 percent. Shenoy wrote that Intel has issued firmware updates for 90 percent of its CPUs introduced over the past five years, but noted that the company had “more work to do.”
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich previously penned an open letter and promised to be more transparent about CPU and performance impacts. The Meltdown and Spectre security flaws affect nearly every computing device made in the past two decades.
With Bitcoin crashing, some cryptocurrency HODLers are hurting. That might include the Winklevoss twins.
Tyler and Cameron bought 120,000 bitcoins in late 2012 with money from the $65 million payout from their lawsuit against Facebook.SEE ALSO: Bitcoin just made the Winklevoss twins billionaires
That's more than $1.32 billion worth of bitcoin at Wednesday evening's value of about $11,000 per bitcoin. That seems like a lot, but just two days ago a bitcoin was worth $14,000.
Here's the chart on Bitcoin since 2012. Up and up and up.
But then this week, it's been down, down, down. Read more...More about Bitcoin, Cryptocurrency, Winklevoss Twins, Tech, and Consumer Tech
Hawaii's mistaken missile alert prompted many of us to think what we'd do in the last moments of our life if a bomb came hurtling towards us.
PornHub released statistics for the island state after the alert was sent out on Saturday, revealing a sharp drop of 77 percent below the average in the minutes immediately following the emergency notification.SEE ALSO: Welp, here is your state's most popular search term on Pornhub
But as soon as Hawaiians got the all clear approximately 38 minutes later, there was only er, celebration on their minds.
The porn site said it received 48 percent higher than average traffic at 9:01 a.m. HST. Good on you, Hawaii. Read more...More about Culture, Hawaii, Porn, Pornhub, and Missile
For a guy who's still pretty new to Instagram, Will Smith is killing it.
The actor only joined the social platform in December, but for his big trip to Australia to promote his not-so-great Netflix movie Bright, he's really let us into his world.SEE ALSO: Will Smith's trip to the zoo will give you life
While there are plethora of PR-approved, tightly curated celebrity accounts out there, Smith's stream of Instagram posts indicate he isn't shy about being a bit of a dorky dad that's just having a helluva good time Down Under.Australia, Instagram, Culture, Will Smith, and Culture