Thanks to a settlement in a long-running class-action lawsuit, Intel is now offering fifteen shiny dollars to anyone who bought a Pentium 4-powered PC almost fifteen years ago. One dollar per year of lying and misery that you've had to suffer.

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The suit hinges on the fact that Intel 'misrepresented' the performance of the Pentium 4 processor, by inventing benchmarks that claimed to show its processor was superior to the rival AMD Athlon Thunderbird. This turned out to be a bunch of crap, and as such a group of lawyers have spent most of the last decade arguing that Intel needs to pay everyone back.

The bottom line, thanks to a recent settlement, is that if you bought a Pentium 4-powered PC between November 20, 2000, and December 31, 2001, you're eligible for a $15 cash payout (provided you don't live in Illinois). Notably, there's no need for a receipt — only your conscience (and the dangers of perjury) lie between you and riches.

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One actually productive thing to come out of this whole affair, though, is the fact that Intel is also having to donate $4,000,000 to educational charities. Guess all those legal fees weren't in vain after all [Intel Penium 4 Settlement via The Register]