Via boingboing.net: Intel is now selling crippled CPUs that can be ‘upgraded’ through the purchase of scratch cards (!) with a code. That code can be entered in the BIOS of the computer, thus unlocking additional horsepower.
I’m running out of CPU – quick, head over to the corner store for an Intel scratch card!
Is this an alternate universe? And, how long before they sell cards that will unlock extra features, but only for a limited time?
I guess now we know at least one concrete reason why Intel does not like coreboot. You can’t restrict people like this when their computer does not have a proprietary BIOS.