Intel used to serial number their processors so they could keep track of them but this was stopped because people complained about privacy.
Intel is going to implement something new in the future into the hardware itself that's supposed to do things like stop viruses and things like that. But it might also stop people from doing things like pirating. No one really knows that much about it right now. Microsoft is also coming out with something called Palladium that's supposed to do similar things.
THX! any more info would be appreciated just want to know.. I am an AMD guy myself but i heard they are plannin on gettin this stuff too.. this'll suck hopefully someone will find a way around these things
Yeah both Intel and AMD are gonna use something in the future... The theory is that since it's built into the hardware itself, it can't be hacked. I don't know about that... we'll just have to wait and see.
I think the only reason Microsoft wants to use Palladium is to make themselves even more of a monopoly than they really are.