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   1902

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.

Frontend News Digest 21 - 27.03

Embrace modern image formats, how to indicate scroll postion on page with CSS, integrate TypeScript with GraphQL and more
27 March 2020   2527

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

Learn how to use the currentColor value in CSS, how to debug a child process in Node and Gatsby.js with Chrome, how to Debug a Node.js Application: Tips, Tricks and Tools and other cool, useful and demanded things, related to all parts of frontend development.

Guides

  • Embracing modern image formats

Learn how modern images formats and <picture> element can reduce image sizes

  • How to use the currentColor value in CSS

A tutorial on a basic CSS feature, great for newbies

  • Indicating Scroll Position on a Page With CSS

This guide will teach you how to indicate scroll position, using only CSS

  • How to debug a child process in Node and Gatsby.js with Chrome

Learn how to patch `jest-worker`package used by Gatsby.js and by patching enable child process debugging using Chrome Dev Tools in this tutorial

  • Integrating TypeScript with GraphQL

Learn how to integrade TypeScript with GraphQL

  • How to Debug a Node.js Application: Tips, Tricks and Tools

Massive tutorial on Node app debugging, with some tips, that can be useful even for skilled developers

Articles

  • Full Third-Party Cookie Blocking and More (in Safari)

Safari’s Intelligent Tracking, has been in beta for some time, introduces significant privacy changes, including cross-site cookies now being blocked by default

Video

  • The Complete AEA DC 2019 Now Online

Giant number of different interesting speeches from An Event Apart session, that was realeased special in a pack for you to stay home

Updates

  • uppload

JS image uploader with 30+ plugins 

  • Node-SQLite

SQLite client library for Node.js applications 

  • Backstage

Open platform for building developer portals