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

[ ] yes, absolutely
[ ] yes, but not for games
[ ] no, I need all the speed

@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.


@cwebber sure. I'm probably willing to give up "having 100 chrome tabs open" but not willing to give up "having a super high DPI laptop display". trade-offs are going to be different for different people

@nightpool If it's any consolation, I think that high DPI displays aren't a concern in themselves (but the amount of processing necessary to display to them might be, dunno).

@cwebber my understanding is that there's some complicated performance cost for the thing I'm doing, which is configuring a high DPI display with a non-integer scaling factor. I dunno though.

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