WickedPC heeft een editorial over het Pentium III ID nummertje en alle ophef die daarover gemaakt werd, in elkaar geknutseld. Hier de intro:
So, do you want your microprocessor talking about you behind your back? I sure don't, but that's too bad for me I guess. The trend toward user ID technologies built into microprocessors--designed to provide a numerical ID when, say, you make an electronic transaction on the Web--is catching on. Privacy groups are up in arms. Intel recently got into a sling with several privacy groups because of the Pentium III's unique processor identification numbers and random number generators, which are used to track and validate electronic commerce transactions. The numbers are meant to help identify the owner of a chip to a Web site when a transaction is to take place, or to locate stolen processors when a 'thief' fires up his hot pc to the web. The ID is a 64-bit number within the chip's wiring, designed to create a 96-bit unique serial number, accessible by software, to identify the user. In an attempt to keep privacy groups less violent than abortion groups, Intel also produced a software utility designed to let users erase their ID numbers, but that wasn't enough for some, including the Electronic Privacy Information Center and the American Civil Liberties Union. Responding to protests, Intel scaled back its effort and decided to make use of the IDs voluntary. The Pentium III will eventually ship with the feature disabled, enabling customers to turn it on if they want.