One of the architects on the CLR team just reminded me of a detail about GetHashCode on object… Specifically you should NOT use it as a unique ID for an object.  It is possible for two different objects to return the same value. 

 

By the contract of GetHashCode we know that if two objects have different hash codes, they are not the same object.  But if two objects have the same hash code, they are not necessarily the same object (but it’s very likely that they are).

 

Today we use the index of the sync block for the hashcode.  This has some perf issues as we delay create the sync block so it is allocated only when needed.  With V1.0 ands V1.1 this means calling GetHashCode creates a syncblock.  In a future version we will change GetHashCode to return essentially a random number.   The number is of course stable so that invoking Object.GetHashCode repeatedly on any given object will always return the same value.  But it does make the contract described above more apparent, so you are well advised to code with that that in mind today.