No takers for The Register PSN Challenge
No one identifies mystery PIII user
Yesterday, the Register challenged all-comers to identify the person who currently uses the Pentium III system with the serial number 00000672000226FA025D71BF. Surprise, surprise, there have been no takers. A few folks have posted comments on the Register Bulletin Board pertaining to HDTV transmissions in the Dallas area (no, we didn’t see the connection either) but as yet, our mystery user remains just that. We’ve maintained all along that the furore over PSN was generated by wacko conspiracy theorists and X Files geeks and still see no evidence to the contrary. We’ve also tested Zero Knowledge's cookie some more. We turned off PSN in the BIOS of our Intel Sun River SR440BX motherboard, and even Chipzilla's own PSN utility couldn't turn it back on. While it is no doubt extremely clever to be able in certain restricted circumstances to be able to read the PSN, without being able to link that number to an individual, the information is totally useless. Don't forget that you’re already telling people who you are by being in the phone book, by using a cellphone (which can also pinpoint your location very precisely) or by replying to the Reader's Digest Prize Draw. Forget PSN, the bad guys already know where you live. ® Want to bother The Sherriff? Email him here
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