Since you indicated people had found it offensive, I immediately recognized both possible interpretations, and kind of thought, “How could they miss that?” But really, if I were reading a magazine and saw this, I doubt I would think twice - having Intel in your machines is like having an office full of super sprinters, ready to take off running, end of story.
I think the funniest thing is that it’s arguable that the people making the ad missed the possible interpretation precisely because they are so devoid of racism, while the people who were offended probably think much more in terms of classifying people by race. So who’s more enlightened?
(Ya, I know the offended would say it’s not lack of racism, but lack of “racial sensitivity,” but really, aren’t they points on a continuum, and also dependent on cultural climate? Personally I’d love to live in a society where racial sensitivity was obsolete.)
GASP - I am offended that you jumped to the conclusion that these gentleman of color are crack heads! Racist!