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    Yes, at that time it was common practice to...

    Yes, at that time it was common practice to include a thermal diode in IC's and Intel's P2/Celeron and AMD's Athlon XP/MP started to include a thermal diode and fuse.
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    I did. One RTAI is not a good reference, and the...

    I did. One RTAI is not a good reference, and the P4 needs a ton of thermal protection because it will literaly burn/melt itself. Other processors from both Intel and AMD use a hardware limit to keep...
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    "about the smm stuff: SMM is only needed if the...

    "about the smm stuff: SMM is only needed if the hardware is crap or the BIOS is crap or the OS is crap. With AMD hardware, a decent BIOS (or coreboot) and Linux, you don't need SMM. If there is some...
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    SMM's heat protection is crap/evil, a crashing...

    SMM's heat protection is crap/evil, a crashing CPU can't be used for SMM since all SMM processing is done on a CPU..

    flashrom is mostly safe, as safe as a FreeDOS disk or in-BIOS flasher.
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