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Chip Goliath Intel has caved in to pressure from a concerted attack on its integrity by the US media. Yesterday we reported it could do that if it wanted, and Intel didn't think it was a big deal. It confirmed this morning it will ship Pentium III (Katmai's) with the serial numbers switched off as default. People can then turn them on again if they want. Curiously enough, we were unable to switch off the serial numbers on our bicycles, mobile phones and social security documents at press time. Nor could we switch off the IP number from this terminal. ®

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