Woman-led activist hedge fund scores victory at AstroNova

(Reuters) – Ides Capital, one of only two U.S. activist hedge funds run by a woman, was partly behind the appointment of a female independent director this week at U.S. industrial technology company…

New iPhone Leak Reveals Apple’s Revolutionary Surprise

Apple is working on two improvements to the iPhone that it hopes will attract more users to the poorly performing platform. Unfortunately both of the technological advances are already staples of the Android platform.

L3 Technologies unit, five other firms share $25.5 bln U.S. defense contract

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – L3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, a unit of L3 Technologies, and five other companies will share a 10-year, $25.5 billion Army aircraft and equipment support contract, the Pentagon said in a statement on Wednesday.

Last march of the Penryns: Intel cuts Spectre fixes for some older chips

As part of its ongoing efforts to patch its systems against the Meltdown and Spectre chip flaws, Intel indicated last month that it would be issuing fixes as far back as 2005’s Yorkfield processors. But in a new guidance document the company announces that many of these older platforms will not receive fixes after all.

Specifically, work has been stopped on Spectre Variant 2 mitigations for the chip generations known as Bloomfield, Clarksfield, Gulftown, Harpertown, Jasper Forest, Penryn, SoFIA 3GR, Wolfdale and Yorkfield. (You can find more specifics at this great list of Intel codenames on Wikipedia.)

Variant 2 is the toughest of the chip flaws to block or work around, so the creation of fixes is nontrivial — Intel isn’t just copying and pasting stuff into a microcode update for each of these.

In the guidance document (PDF), Intel cited several reasons for stopping development on the fixes:

  • Micro-architectural characteristics that preclude a practical implementation of features mitigating Variant 2
  • Limited Commercially Available System Software support
  • Based on Customer inputs, most of these products are implemented as “closed systems” and therefore are expected to have a lower likelihood of exposure to these vulnerabilities.

In other words: it’s super hard, they’re barely supported and few people are using them where the bugs could be exploited.

It’s a reasonable walkback of the scope of Intel’s mitigation efforts, especially when you look at the size of the list of platforms that are having the problems addressed. Still, system administrators may want to cast an eye over their inventory to make sure no chips of these generations get exposed to the untamed wilds of userland.

And for users, the Penryns (Core 2 Duos in particular) were very popular and I wouldn’t be surprised if a few people were still running an old laptop with one — they were in all kinds of things back in ’08. If you’re one of those sentimental types like me that keeps these things around, you should probably avoid doing anything critical on them.

Pimco’s Ivascyn warns of ‘hard-landing’ risk in U.S. deficit spending

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Dan Ivascyn, group chief investment officer at Pacific Investment Management Co, said on Wednesday that late-cycle deficit spending “increases the risk of an eventual hard…