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the branch predictor is an important piece of hardware on modern CPUs that tries to determine whether a tree is going to happen

SPECTRE is a vulnerability that occurs when the CPU detects a ghost tree instead of a real one

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@BestGirlGrace As opposed to the DRM feature that prevents unauthorized playing of James Bond movies

@BestGirlGrace I don't know what that is, but by context I assume it is another CPU vulnerability

@rockario yeah, Specter and Meltdown happened at the same time and often get bundled together. I think they're both similar kinds of speculative execution exploits.

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meltdown is the much worse Intel variant of the same class of vulnerability

@BestGirlGrace that's why I just tell my CPU to sit back, relax, and stop fretting so badly about what the future could be

@doubleDensity hey, computer. put your feet up and keep those pipelines clear. take a load off

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