Late last week Intel marked the 40th birthday of its first x86 microprocessor with a blog post from the company’s general counsel, Steven Rodgers, and Richard A. Uhlig, director of systems and software research. The pair explained the significance of the x86’s birth; it paved the way for modern PCs and, as they wrote, “literally changed the world”.

It was certainly a landmark worth noting. But what stands out from the pair’s post and got