at first it seems these are two entirely different exploits. digging a bit deeper … they both share one ultimate concept … subjugating the hardware (core/chip), rather than the os's software. if i understand correctly … the first one even bypasses the os entirely.
my intent is just bringing this to everyone's attention … since i'm really not that technically inclined to offer opinion or judgement. heck, what better way to spend an evening … than reading the above two articles with a hot mug of caffè-lattè (or whatever they're called).
i decided the windows-security forum was the most relevant … both of the above links reside on the arstechnica domain.