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    davej@suse.de (Dave Jones)  wrote on 11.07.01 in <Pine.LNX.4.30.0107111858110.1811-100000@Appserv.suse.de>:

    > Given the PR disaster that the P3 serial number brought about,
    > I'd be surprised if Intel were to revisit that chapter of history :)

    Though much of that has been bad PR handling, I think. It's not as if
    Intel invented that feature - for example, every s390 system has one (and
    so did the whole family at least since the /370, used for licenses, for
    example), and everything living on ethernet is supposed to have a unique
    MAC address. (Which *has* already been used in tracing authors of
    malicious Windows software, I believe.)

    OTOH, ISTR that under VM, it's possible to simulate the /370 etc. cpuid of
    someone else. Which I know has been used to circumvent license
    restrictions.

    Then again, the US custom of using the SSN as a generic index would be
    rather illegal over here, so that might change peoples attitudes to the
    mere existance of those numbers - it does make a difference how big a
    stick you can wield.

    Not that any of this is important to Linux ...

    MfG Kai
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