JohnnyBeeGood, that's what concerns me, is just what Intel plans to do, make things truly right, or a half-hearted approach to this serious issue that's here to stay for some time.
Mike, note that I didn't say the first thing about 'budgeting' above, nor what who can afford & can't, that's not the subject (have covered that elsewhere). This is Intel I'm speaking of, what they should had done. Yes I know that at the time, many needed 32 bit CPU's. In that case, Intel (& AMD) should had continued to manufacture these for those who needed (kind of like Intel did for the netbook market when W7 was released). Not making 64 bit CPU's backwards compatible, part of what has led to this mess, I posted a link an article in another Topic in regards to the subject.
If you have a flaw in your DNA, you have a genetic disease. You can try to mitigate it with various treatments and medications, but you can't really cure it. Well, you have stuff likeCRISPR, but there's no hardware equivalent to that.
Essentially, the only cure -- at least today -- is for the organism to die and for another one to take its place. The bloodline has to die out entirely.
The organism with the genetic disease, in this case, is Intel's x86 chip architecture, which is the predominant systems architecture in personal computers, datacenter servers, and embedded systems.
That's the bottom line, not a consumer related issue, other than our personal security for our daily usage of our computers of all types, running all types of OS's, to include Puppy Linux. No one is immune from these threats if using an Intel CPU, no matter how much the cost or age of.
Intel needs to stop shoving all of these newer gen CPU's out as fast as they can, slow down & give some thought to securing these, as well as shipping quality patches for those that still exists. I know, that's a boatload of models, yet Intel has the same in cash reserves, and the capability to fix these issues. It'll likely be easier to begin with the oldest out there (with the least amount of code) & work their way through the latest. This can be done.......if Intel values their customers, the backbone of their business.
No business, no matter how large or small, can exist if their customer base starts looking another way over shoddy CPU manufacturing techniques. We've already endured Intel's substituting thermal paste for soldered on IHS to die scandal that was initially discovered & announced on tech forums (the ones who does a lot of in-house testing), rather than by them. This is far worse than any scandal that Intel has ever endured & it's all on their shoulders for being sloppy, rather than focusing on making the best, secure CPU's possible. Intel chose to take on a long term gunfight with AMD instead (over the last 12-15 years) & we're now seeing the outcome of the battle.
Heads needs to roll over this deal, time for Intel to purge what's left of the old school (those who were initially responsible & turned their heads) & bring in new dynamic leadership for not only their future, for the sake of the well being of everyone who uses the Internet at all levels.
If this were any other industry, that's exactly what would happen, what Intel has done is 100% unacceptable by any standard. Someone in the Intel camp had to see this train wreck coming & done absolutely nothing to prevent what we're now facing. We cannot trust the fox to guard the henhouse, external sources should come in & audit Intel's every move since the turn of the Millennium.