Originally Posted by born2bwild
You do realize that Intel is a corporation whose sole goal is to make the most profit it can. It will never use the killswitch/Insider as the way you made it sound (to turn off your CPU if you do not use it "legally") because if it does, many would not buy their processors to protect their privacy (myself included) and it will lose billions of dollars as consumers boycott the product. So Intel would never do that. Besides, it will be probably deemed unconstitutional since it infringes on the right to privacy.
Also Intel itself has clarified many times what the purpose of these two features are. And they are not for stopping your CPU if you pirate. I don't know why you would want people to think that.
Intel doesn;t have to worry about profit, they got the high-end CPU market cornered. Personally I dont know if this situation came from entertainment market bribes or not and I wont fair to guess, but doesn't seem like mere coincidence that new federal laws got in place at the same time.
I might add that it has been mentioned that the authorized have been working closely with MPAA.
Intel's website mentioned this, "The technology known as Intel Insider does one thing and one thing only. It protects movies delivered from service providers that are specifically using Intel Insider to protect their content."
Wiki mentions this about Sandy/Ivy Bridge, "The processors include a "service" called Intel Insider, which the company claims is "an extra layer of content protection", and despite claims, is a form of hardware restrictions and Digital rights management (a technology that inhibits uses of digital content not desired or intended by the content provider). This protection technology is only intended for streaming services at the moment.
Sandy Bridge processors with Vpro capability have security features that can remotely disable a PC or erase information from hard drives. This can be useful in the case of a lost or stolen PC. The commands can be received through 3G signals, ethernet, or internet connections. AES encryption acceleration will be available, which can be useful for video conferencing and VoIP applications."
Personally, and yeah I do but my computer for privacy. Even if I dont watch movies I don't like people freeing peeking in on my computer. I do my banking, all my school work, research, etc on my laptop. I dont like that Intel built-in observation into the CPU so that they could peek. Also, gives new vulnerabilities to hacks, especially with the RF band support they gave it. When new hacks come out specialized toward that, I dont think big business will like it either. It will probly be a new easy way to steal confidential data.