I feel like x86 probably wouldn't be going off the deep end this soon if Intel had just removed some of the ancient instructions. I don't think there's any one person who fully understands every instruction in x86, it's a mess.

Having a reduced version of x86 for lower powered devices may have helped, or at least bought them time, but now it's pretty clear it's dead. AMD are the only reason x86 is still relevant ironically.

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In Intel's defense, they've been trying to move away from the x86 instruction set since 1981.
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