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And that's a good part of the reasons I'm categorically against any 'rider' computers next to the one that I control. It's hard enough to keep a regular system secure, if you have to factor in ghost computers that are effectively running with a privilege level above your local root then the situation becomes untenable. Intel really should allow for a simple way to turn off all this bull-shit without any way for it to be remotely re-enabled. And without any crippling effects on clock frequency or power management or networking.

Otherwise we don't really own our computers.

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