Article note: Who would have imagined that buying dying tech companies then jerking around their remaining desirable brands would result in selling them a couple years later for half of what you paid...
Verizon has sold its AOL and Yahoo properties to Apollo Global Management in a deal said to be worth $5 billion, about half of the nearly $9 billion Verizon originally paid for the pair. Verizon will maintain a 10 percent stake in the company, now known as Yahoo and led by CEO Guru Gowrappan. The deal, which includes Verizon’s ad tech business, was heavily rumored over the last week and is still subject to closing conditions. Once complete, it’ll bring an end to Verizon’s troubled experiment with media production and advertising.
Article note: And again. Because once someone looked into the absurd nest of generations of half-baked hacks to make the numbers go up inside a modern high-performance commodity microprocessor, the shit-show is going to keep unraveling until the parts perform worse than if none of the speculation and hidden caches and such were there.
The assumed environment commodity computer hardware (...and software) was designed for was not multi-tenant (VM/Cloud), and was not 'automatically download and run random code from the network' (browser-as-runtime). It's possible to design computers for that, and at one point a bunch of larger systems vendors did (...and IBM is the only one still hanging on), but we're dozens of generations into lines that were designed as single-user detached systems then outgrew themselves.
There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.