In TSMC's context, famine would be water and power outages.Famine: Cryptocurrency mining/farming
It would almost appear that they were deliberately causing these problems to keep the prices up. I remeber when the cheap Durions etc were as low as 30-40 in cost.Every time one might think the chip apocalypse might be almost over, another horseman shows up.
However, though Nvidia shows disgust for this process of using cards as Mining tools, they are over the moon. The locking of Bios's etc to stop this process is the equivalent of virtue signaling to their loyal fan base to make them look good, and stay loyal for Longer.In TSMC's context, famine would be water and power outages.
Scalpers and miners snatching nearly everything they possibly can and AIBs marking things off from the production lines to get their slice of the markup pie would be more like gluttony. Normal people just trying to get a single reasonably priced GPU for themselves are split between wrath and envy.