This is another of the W.O.O.D. series of semi-regular
Weekly Occasional Open Discussions.
(i.e. if I forget and skip one, no big)
Immediate prior one here:
and remains open for threads running there
(at least until the ‘several month’ auto-close of comments on stale threads).
Canonical list of old ones here: https://chiefio.wordpress.com/category/w-o-o-d/
So use “Tips” for “Oooh, look at the interesting ponder thing!”
and “W.O.O.D” for “Did you see what just happened?! What did you think about it?”
For this week, it looks like there’s ANOTHER significant security issue involving Intel CPUs (64 bit from the last decade). Discussion of it started on the December TIPS page. It isn’t likely the particular mode of attack will show up on regular user’s desktops, but it is a major risk to large operations (data centers, companies, “Cloud” providers). Hits Linux, MS Windows, and who knows what others as it requires an OS patch to fix the hardware mistake.
H/t to “Mr. Wonderful” for that here: https://chiefio.wordpress.com/2017/12/06/tips-december-2017/#comment-89960
Those of us using ARM Chips are unconcerned… (so far at least). It also looks like AMD chips are not at risk.
Iran is having some kind of melt down (h/t Larry! here: https://chiefio.wordpress.com/2017/12/06/tips-december-2017/#comment-89826) and I probably need to see if it is being crushed or succeeding. Updates appreciated.
The Spouse informs me that the penguins at the Calgary Zoo were brought in as it was too cold for Penguins… (So much for “Global Warming”…)
How cold is it in Canada? Too cold for penguins, Calgary Zoo decides
The zoo brought its king penguins inside after a cold snap pushed temperatures below -25 C.
Most of the Eastern half of the USA had a Jolly Frozen Christmas and an Icy New Year. (The West Coast being on the other side of the meridional flow were comfortable, so that made the Warmista News…)
And finally, welcome all to a new year, 2018! Be sure to double check the dates you write on checks and other documents, prepare to be surprised that it is this far into the next millennium already (wasn’t it just a year or two ago we had the Y2k Bug panic?…) and remember that if Global Warming Predictions had been at all right, we would be semi-tropical to the middle of Canada, and we are not! (only a little /sarc;)