Intel to Prohibit to Publish Benchmark Tests' Results

Let's try to figure out how this new 'policy' may be related to Meltdown and Specter vulnerabilities
24 August 2018   1626

Intel has made changes to the license agreement for the updated microcode of its processors. The text mentions the ban on publishing performance testing results. Under the new conditions, users are not allowed to run benchmarks if their results are planned to be shown to third parties.

One of the leaders of Open Source movement Bruce Perens drew attention to the changes. Because the microcode is used for all instructions, the rules apply to the entire processor. At the same time, the ban even applies to performance tests written by users themselves.

Perens believes that the changes in the agreement are due to the company's fear of losing part of the sales. Microcode updates cover vulnerabilities like Meltdown and Specter and reduce processor performance by 5-10%, which can scare off buyers.

According to Bruce Perens, Intel is trying to keep silent about possible problems and makes customers act the same way. He believes that companies should publish updates, but the final decision should be left for users. Vulnerabilities are more dangerous for cloud service providers, so for most common users security patches are not relevant.

The mass release of security updates for processors began in January 2018. Intel found a serious vulnerability, which allows reading information from the kernel's private memory.

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Building command line spinners in Node.js, perfect architecure for your next node project and Zero update in this issue Frontend News Digest
18 October 2019   131

Greetings! I hope your week went great! Here's new Frontend news digest.

Another version of a super popular Node.js relaesed, get the info bellow! Also, you will be able learn about Firefox new websocket inspector, WordPress update and watch the video how to built classic layout fast in CSS grid

Guides

  • Build Command-Line Spinners in Node.js

CLI spinners creating will improve your Node.js terminal skills

Articles

  • Improving Form Controls in Microsoft Edge and Chromium 

The Chrome and Edge teams worked together on refreshing form controls in Chromium-based browsers; learn what they have made

  • Firefox’s New WebSocket Inspector

Overview of new Firefox's websocket inspector, which is going to be released in Firefox 71 but availbale only in Firefox Developer Edition at the moment.

  • The Perfect Architecture Flow for Your Next Node Project 

Best practices and architectural tips for your next Node project

  • Coloring Your Terminal Using Nodejs

Article on how coloring libraries like Chalk work under the hood.

Updates

  • WordPress 5.2.4 Release Addresses Several Security Issues

Information about security fixes the news WordPress release

  • Node v12.12.0 (Current)

Another update of the the popular JS RTE with some interesting changes, such as a --force-context-aware flag has been added to prevent addons that aren’t context aware from being loaded, the fs module has added opendir() and fs.Dir as ways to asynchronously iterate through directories and JSON module support has also been made experimental again, due to security concerns in the Web-based implementation of the idea.

  • Zero

A graphics pipeline implemented in JavaScript and rendered to the terminal that can run without GPU required.

Video

Build a Classic Layout FAST in CSS Grid

Podcast

  • Jen Simmons on Browser Features 

Discussion between Jen Simmons, designer advocate at Mozilla and two hosts, Dave Rupert and Chris Coyier. about how new features get shipped to browsers, and how you can get your ideas over to browser makers for consideration.