That article is nonsense. The writer can't even spell. The reason Intel is likely shipping the faulty parts is because the vendors are going to lose their a$$es. Intel is likely getting major pressure from the vendors to give them something. Sooo, Intel says use the chips but only is strategic places. It isn't any different than Intel's 486sx (with the broken math coprocessor disabled) or AMD's tri-core with the broken core disabled.
On one hand you an call the company stupid for selling defective product (but it's not really defective because they diable the defective part and it becomes a different product). What is stupid is to throw all those chips in the trash losing the cost of manufacturing those chips and time when you can disable the defective part and sell it as something else. Not everyone needs that math coprocessor, that 4th core, or those low speed SATA ports. As long as you tell your customer that this product does not have the math coprocessor, the 4th core, or those low speed SATA ports, there's nothing wrong happening. It just makes good business sense.