Remember the "intel-microcode" post from August 2017? Hard to forget as it is just a few posts ago. Anyway; the thing is that got me thinking in the light of recent Meltdown and Spectre exploits for the recently announced CPU errata in Intel (and other manufacturer's processors). Could these be related? The microcode driver is a binary blob that is offered and it did slow down my processor too much for me to tolerate - what was it for - maybe an early attempt to make the system more secure? I am probably just paranoid idiot so this is where I stop talking about things I know next to nothing about. Probably just some CPU throttling code that didn't work so well, who knows?
The Linux kernel upgrade for Mint fails to boot for me so I am still insecure (hackers, welcome to hack me, I am all yours!). FMPC.