Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 30th Jun 2007 17:19 UTC, submitted by doro
Intel "Buried deep in a pile of slashdot comments, Matthew Dillon of DragonFly gives a detailed assessment of the Intel Core bugs. While a lot of news sites and bloggers were quick to dismiss the issue as inflated, Dillon's comments provide a much closer look at the actual issues."
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RE[2]: Some inaccuracies..
by NxStY on Sun 1st Jul 2007 09:49 UTC in reply to "RE: Some inaccuracies.."
NxStY
Member since:
2005-11-12

Right, because we should trust you, some nobody from nowhere that's done nothing, over two of the world's biggest hackers.

That's like saying we should always trust Microsoft because they´re the largest software company. Of course what Matthew Dillon and The De Radt says weights more than any comment on osnews but that doesn't mean we should just trust them blindly. Some of these bugs they point out as serious might be that but still not really a problem.

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RE[3]: Some inaccuracies..
by Cloudy on Tue 3rd Jul 2007 02:47 in reply to "RE[2]: Some inaccuracies.."
Cloudy Member since:
2006-02-15

Of course what Matthew Dillon and The De Radt says weights more than any comment on osnews

They should not. The arguments should weigh entirely on their merits, independent of who made them.

Never confuse notoriety with knowledge, nor expertise in one aspect of computing with expertise in another.

Neither Theo nor Matt have much direct experience in bringing up OSes on processors, and so neither are more qualified judges of hardware errata than anyone here is likely to be.

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RE[4]: Some inaccuracies..
by corentin on Tue 3rd Jul 2007 09:58 in reply to "RE[3]: Some inaccuracies.."
corentin Member since:
2005-08-08

> Neither Theo nor Matt have much direct experience in bringing up OSes on processors, and so neither are more qualified judges of hardware errata than anyone here is likely to be.

Theo contributed a lot to the SPARC port of NetBSD/OpenBSD; he is a de-facto spokesman for OpenBSD, so he basically says what the other ~80 developers think (including those who do the very low-level work) .
Matt used to design hardware and operating systems from scratch; he is a VM guru (so he has authority to talk on MMUs); he worked on nearly every part of the DragonFlyBSD kernel, including low-level stuff.

They certainly have way more authority to judge hardware errata than you or I.

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