Intel is currently hard at work on its new Anti-Theft Technology (ATT), a relatively vague new project that would help prevent theft by making a computer inoperable without the owner's permission. It differs from disc encryption methods of protection by rendering the computer inoperable even if the drive has been swapped out. Intel's currently working with a number of other companies on the project, but don't expect to see the fruits of their labor until the fourth quarter of this year or later. [ArsTechnica]
@Geisrud: Sprint? That's what laptop thieves do after they grab the computer right?
@fastmike: I agree with you. This is not a prevention devise so much, as unless the computer has a giant sticker that says "Won't Work without Fingerprint" the would be thief won't know about the tech. And if that's the case, just buy the above sticker and save yourself the money.