, P I I I evil inside,
Pentium III computers have a built-in vulnerability where the chip's processor serial number (PSN) can be used to uncover your surfing habits. This was the technique the FBI wanted to exploit in their clipper chip proposal. The PSN is a computer's unique identifier. If the computer isn't a Pentium III, it either doesn't have a PSN or Intel had it turned off at the factory. You can turn your PSN on or off via the hardware setup screen, but the method differs from one PC to another. On most PIII systems, you get to this screen by holding down Insert, Delete, or Control-F1 at the beginning of the boot-up process. Search the options to find the PSN off switch. If PSN is disabled in the BIOS settings, you can't re-enable it. If it is enabled, you can use Intel's PSN program to toggle it off and one. Pentium 4 processors do not have serial numbers, so it's therefore not a concern with anything other than Pentium III's.

the real point is to make the computer secure against the customer. Just as Intel explicitly stated about the PIII serial number:

"This is a new focus for the security community, [...] The actual user of the PC -- someone who can do anything they want -- is the enemy."
-- David Aucsmith, security architect for Intel, as quoted in an article by Robert Lemos of ZD Network News, Feburary 25, 1999
How many other Fortune-500 companies consider the end-user of their product to be the enemy? And do you really want to use products from such a company?

Unfortunately, one of your companyís technical staff downloaded the Intel Photo Album II applet, didnít read or understand all of the legal terms, and used it on the public web site and to create the New Ideas presentation. If Intelís license clause is enforceable, Intel now owns part of your public site, and your secret presentation.
look in the license agreement , Buried starting at the 577th word
Artifical Intelligence is no match for Natural Stupidity.

last updated 2006/03/07,10:48PM