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"The root cause of the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities was that processor architects were trying to build not just fast processors, but fast processors that expose the same abstract machine as a PDP-11. This is essential because it allows C programmers to continue in the belief that their language is close to the underlying hardware." queue.acm.org/detail.cfm?id=32

"Compiler writers let C programmers pretend that they are writing code that is "close to the metal" but must then generate machine code that has very different behavior if they want C programmers to keep believing that they are using a fast language." — queue.acm.org/detail.cfm?id=32

@lutzray clearly the solution is to switch to actual PDP-11's :thonking:

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