What I was musing about was whether one make a reasonably secure, whatever that may mean these days, 'PC' - for some value of 'PC'?
I say 'PC' in quotes obviously.
Things like http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/0
makes me think one would rule out Intel processors and the 'PC' architecture.
What about ARM and, say, the Raspberry Pi? Are we put off by the binary GPU blob in the processor?
Which is the most transparent processor? Is there anything one can 'program' oneself into an FPGA? Can one trust the tool chain?
I was struck how few processors there are left - are there any used in any mainstream computers apart from Intel / AMD x86/x64, the dying Itanium, ARM and SPARC?
Obviously, one has to consider the O.S. Somehow I knew long ago that GNU TLS was written by people who didn't really know what they were doing due to Stallmanite butthurt http://www.zdnet.com/article/another-se
Suppose one wanted to observe the constraint that 'only the CPU is a CPU - no sneaky CPUs in the keyboard / mouse / disk / graphics card (monitor allowed providing it is 'properly isolated' (whatever that means)(probably)(or maybe a CRT), is this feasible these days?
Remember, your SD card may have a CPU http://www.bunniestudios.com/blog/?p=35
Remember weasel's 3 laws of computing:
1. You can't trust computers
2. Everything is a computer
A bit terse and stream of consciousness but I can see this turning into a 200 page rant (197 of them footnotes) otherwise.