Meltdown is a hardware vulnerability affecting Intel x86 microprocessors and some ARM-based microprocessors. It allows a rogue process to read any kernel memory, regardless of whether it should be able to do so. Meltdown affects a wide range of systems. At the time of disclosure, this included all iOS and Mac devices, in addition to machines with affected hardware running any not yet patched version of Microsoft Windows, or any but very recent versions of Linux. Accordingly, many servers and cloud services were impacted, as well as a potential majority of smart devices and embedded devices using ARM based processors (mobile devices, smart TVs and others), including a wide range of networking equipment. A purely software workaround to Meltdown has been assessed as slowing computers between 5 and 30 percent in certain workloads. Companies responsible for software correction of the exploit are reporting minimal impact from benchmark testing. (Source: Wikipedia)

Trump offshore oil proposal could unlock 65 billion boe (10 January 2018): (Reuters) - The Trump administration’s proposal to open up almost all of U.S. offshore waters to oil and gas drilling could unlock up to 65 billion barrels of oil equivalent (boe), attracting billions of dollars in investment, consultancy Rystad Energy said. Last week, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said a draft program would make over 90 percent of the outer continental shelf’s total acreage available for leasing to drillers, a national record. (Source: Hydrocarbon Processing)

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