On Thu, Sep 06, 2001 at 05:32:00PM +0100, Tim O'Donovan wrote:
> If your machine has an Ethernet card, why not just
> use the MAC Address? That's globally unique. I'm
> pretty sure you could find some C++ code on the web
> to get the MAC address.
the uuidgen mentioned before would be better.
a) mac addresses are only unique on that ethernet network. i know of at
least one company that reused ethernet addresses. i've reused ethernet
addresses in order to fool my cable modem (*sniffle*).
b) multiple users might be on a single machine.
c) there might be 0 or more than one card.
as an aside, a useful tool for generating guid's would be a cpuid.
combine a cpuid, the time (to the millisecond), a users uid and a random
number and you'd be pretty sure it would be the only one. intel nixes
this idea because except for their more modern processors, they don't
have a cpuid. pretty much every other processor has one.
cue ignorant privacy advocates...
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