Would you buy/use a computer that ran 3x slower than modern machines if it were more secure (less vulnerable to side-channel attacks)?

@cwebber but I would say that part of that is probably due to perceived speed being very very different then just like, raw processor speed. it's dependent on a lot of things like OS programming, cache size, workflow, amount of RAM, etc.

when you said "3x slower" my gut reaction was "you know the amount of times your macbook completely freezes up when trying to do some trivial task like alt-tab or open a new text file? what if those freezes took three times as long or happened three times as frequently"

@nightpool Sure. "Software is a gas, and expands to fill all available space."

The question is whether it can be compressed again.


@nightpool I'm also aware that many people in this generation have been using computers *primarily since* moore's law has leveled off, so unlike people from my generation, have gotten used to an approximate baseline of speed.

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