@djsundog Probably related: Even C isn’t as “close to the metal” like it used to be because no one understands the actual hardware. It’s all too complex, too proprietary, and everyone has too little time before the release cycle ends
@cypnk @djsundog the management engine isn't really in the path of normal computation, tho. it's more or less taking the separate management chip that servers have (typically an arm or mips core running linux!) and putting it on the same die as the cpu.
(it does do weird stuff in the boot path to handle loading signed firmware, etc, but once the cpu's booted it's mostly independent)
remember, a "computer" is just a network of various big and small processors talking to each-other.
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