I thought that the Intel serial number plan had potential for useful applications, until I saw Intel docs describing the serial number as a crucial part of secret Intel scheme to track everyone on the internet.
Forget the anti-Microsoft conspiracy theories. Let's just look at what Msft itself says in conjunction with Palladium:
It seems clear to me that Msft is pursuing all 3 of these major goals with Palladium, and that your examples are farfetched and insignificant. As long as Msft is calling the shots and keeping the details secret, we can only assume that Msft will do everything in its power to use Palladium to promote its business interests, including the above 3 items. And based on the Msft antitrust trial, we should also assume that Msft will use secret and illegal contracts to use Palladium to extend its Windows monopoly to other markets.