An exasperated Microsoft has released an update to fix a bug in an update that Intel put out to fix some well-publicised problems with its CPUs.
Intel’s attempts to fix the Meltdown and Spectre security issues with many of its chips led to further humiliation when its new firmware was found to cause systems to reboot unexpectedly.
In fact, in its latest financial results the troubled firm mentions in passing that its updates could possibly result in ‘adverse performance, reboots, system instability, data loss or corruption, unpredictable system behavior, or the misappropriation of data by third parties’. First class bodging.
Microsoft has now elected to put out its own update for Windows 7, 8.1 and 10 that disables Intel’s ropey firmware.
And it’s not just Microsoft – Intel seems to have realised that its patch is so rubbish that it’s advising users not to download it until they can test it properly. I’d have done that first.
Last week, the inventor of the Linux operating system, Linus Torvalds, diplomatically entered the conversation, claiming that Intel is doing ‘insane things,’ and that its updates to address the Spectre variant 2 security issue afflicting its CPUs are ‘complete and utter garbage’.
His amusing rant continued: ‘Is Intel really planning on making this sh*t architectural? Has anybody talked to them and told them they are f*cking insane? Please, any Intel engineers here – talk to your managers.’
The company has toppled from a position of almost total market dominance to gibbering wreck in under a month. Strange, interesting times.