Intel tried desperately to change the subject from Spectre and Meltdown at CES

Intel had a bad week last week.

It was so bad that the chip maker has to be thrilled to have CES, the massive consumer technology show going on this week in Las Vegas, as a way to change the subject and focus on the other work they are doing.

For starters, CEO Brian Krzanich had to deal with the elephant in the room at the company keynote on Monday. Spectre and Meltdown patches were coming to 90 percent of the company’s affected chips by next week. That was good news for a company under siege for what my colleague Ingrid Lunden described without exaggeration as “…perhaps its biggest security scare in its history.”

It didn’t help matters when Intel’s patch proved buggy and caused some systems to reboot.

In case you don’t know what that trouble was about, it began last…

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