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today i got a sense of just how much fucking magic x86 processors today have baked in, and no wonder it backfires

blog.cloudflare.com/branch-pre

@KitRedgrave before hitting the link i wondered if this was about spectre, another legacy of aggressive branch prediction

@KitRedgrave Turns out that switch with only one wire going to it has another, more cursed position: "magic", "more magic", and "too much magic".

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