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Intel Sandy Bridge DRM - Are You Okay With It?

Poll Results: Are You Okay With Intel's Imebedded DRM?

 
  • 63% (12)
    Yes - I don't see it ever being a problem
  • 21% (4)
    No - This could potentially be an issue
  • 15% (3)
    Not Sure - On the fence about this
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post #1 of 11
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This should not become a flame war *crosses fingers*

We know basically what the official statement was about the hard coded DRM into these CPUs. I was considering buying an i5 until I read about this. I understand companies want to protect their investments and all that jazz....

Those of you who own the CPUs aren't you concerned about this? Don't you believe this sets a precedent for future CPUs with even more restrictive DRM? Or what about the possibility that Intel did not provide full disclosure of what exactly is embedded into your CPU? The whole idea of a remote kill switch removes any thought, for me, of ever buying an Intel CPU no matter how great it is. I see this as a future model for Intel. Microsoft has pushed for this type of design in the past with the "Fritz Chip" idea and I see this as Intel moving forward into this direction.

How exactly could this hardware DRM be implemented? What if all it takes is a hacker to remotely turn off people's CPUs in the future? How are you gonna feel when your $3000 PC is rendered useless by a hacker getting into an Intel server?

I know there's a lot of questions in this thread and many of them are simply hypothetical scenarios and may never become reality.

I just was curious if anyone who owns these CPUs, or are considering purchasing them in the near future, thinks that this could possibly be a problem down the road.
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I believed it was proved that the "DRM" did not have the capability of "turning off" your CPU. All it does is determine whether you can access a certain program or not. Can't remember what it was, but it was a movie renting thing.
Edited by Outcasst - 5/16/11 at 5:30am
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post #3 of 11
You do know this "kill switch" feature is only available for enterprise users and CPUs, right? To have this feature, you need an Intel CPU with Anti-Theft 3.0 and vPro technology.

Intel can't shut down the Sandy Bridge processors we enthusiasts are buying in retail.
    
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It only affects H67, Q67 and B65 chipsets.
    
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I believed it was proved that the "DRM" did not have the capability of "turning off" your CPU. All it does is determine whether you can access a certain program or not. Can't remember what it was, but it was a movie renting thing.
It was basically a timer/clock, so digital rentals could be possible.

The remote shut off is bundled with the Vpro technologies for business use already, this is just moving it into the consumer space, much like the "remote wipe" is done with android/iphone.

This was discussed to death, it isn't a big deal really, mostly just lots of paranoid folks.
    
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It was basically a timer/clock, so digital rentals could be possible.

The remote shut off is bundled with the Vpro technologies for business use already, this is just moving it into the consumer space, much like the "remote wipe" is done with android/iphone.
This is for Enterprise/Business users, not Consumers. I already mentioned this in my comment.
    
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post #7 of 11
It's not an issue to me
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well it doesn't affect me!
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So hardly anyone thinks will be a problem in the future? Interesting. I think this opens the door for more restrictive DRM in the future. Just my opinion.
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So hardly anyone thinks will be a problem in the future? Interesting. I think this opens the door for more restrictive DRM in the future. Just my opinion.
This stuff isn't magic. Have a firewall? Router? solved! They can't just beam it from the interwebz.

If there's a problem yo I'll solve it Check out the hook while my DJ revolves it.

Is my answer for anything else. Even something phoning home(bypassing router) I imagine would still require a software implementation.
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