Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 19th Sep 2010 20:32 UTC, submitted by sawboss
Intel On a Windows Vista or Vindows 7 disk, all versions of the operating system are present, from Starter to Ultimate, and everything in between. So, if you want too upgrade to a more capable version of Windows down the road, all you need to do is pop the Windows disk in, let Windows Anytime Upgrade do its thing, and you're done. It seems like Intel is experimenting with a similar technology... For its processors.
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RE: Good
by vivainio on Sun 19th Sep 2010 20:59 UTC in reply to "Good"
vivainio
Member since:
2008-12-26

AMD could use the added market share

I don't see that happening.

Hack like this allows intel to be more flexible with their prices - possibly making cheap CPUs cheaper, since the can expect $50 extra soon for all sales (and as such better compete with AMD on low end).

I also think it should be quite possible to do this in secure fashion - there is impenetrable hardware involved.

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RE[2]: Good
by boulabiar on Sun 19th Sep 2010 21:04 in reply to "RE: Good"
boulabiar Member since:
2009-04-18

They've bought McAffe to make it difficult to toolkits trying to crack this upcoming system ?

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RE[3]: Good
by vivainio on Sun 19th Sep 2010 21:10 in reply to "RE[2]: Good"
vivainio Member since:
2008-12-26

They've bought McAffe to make it difficult to toolkits trying to crack this upcoming system ?


You don't need mcafee to make it difficult. All you need is basic cryptography.

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RE[2]: Good
by orestes on Sun 19th Sep 2010 21:09 in reply to "RE: Good"
orestes Member since:
2005-07-06

The only place I can see this taking off is in prebuilts with people who don't know any better. Most of the computer enthusiast market will probably have negative reactions to some degree.

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RE[3]: Good
by vivainio on Sun 19th Sep 2010 21:13 in reply to "RE[2]: Good"
vivainio Member since:
2008-12-26

The only place I can see this taking off is in prebuilts with people who don't know any better. Most of the computer enthusiast market will probably have negative reactions to some degree.


Computer enthusiast market has been irrelevant for years already, apart from the few guys buying nvidia & ati high end gpus.

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RE[2]: Good
by TheGZeus on Mon 20th Sep 2010 00:01 in reply to "RE: Good"
TheGZeus Member since:
2010-05-19

Yes, because no one ever bypasses digital security measures.

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RE[3]: Good
by f0dder on Wed 22nd Sep 2010 17:34 in reply to "RE[2]: Good"
f0dder Member since:
2009-08-05

This can be done 100% securely unless the master cryptographic key is leaked - intel already has all the components in place (cryptographic verification has been done for years for microcode updates, we've had unique per-CPU IDs with the Pentium3).

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