09 F9 11 02 9D 74 E3 5B D8 41 56 C5 63 56 88 C0 !
That's the number that's driving the whole Internet crazy.
I was GOING to link to the sig, but deviant art kicked it off!
Google search at 9:30 PM 5/1/07 EST : 283,000 hits!
WIKIPEDIA IS CENSORING IT!
Now I really feel betrayed!
Just refresh the RSS feed and watch the next wave of hilarity every five minutes! To enhance the experience, I recommend a spin of Black Sabbath's "The Mob Rules".
By the way, I have no freaking clue what the number does. OK, I read stories about HD-DVD encryption codes, but really I don't know HD-DVD from my elbow anyway. What if it doesn't even work?
It IS funny to see such a riot erupt over the Internet about a NUMBER! People post it, sites censor it. People post it some more. It's the RIAA and MPAA against... everybody!
Hey, movie business people? It's a NUMBER! Just change the encryption code, this one's cracked!
By the way, does everybody see what we FOSSies talk about with technology freedom now? Ju-u-ust hadta say it...
09 F9 11 02 9D 74 E3 5B D8 41 56 C5 63 56 88 C0 choo!
Damn blog memes!
Update: The Free Speech flag. Check out the story, it's very clever! "Crime Zero"
Up-UPDATE!: Kevin Rose says "You win, Diggers!" Promises not to censor anymore. So now he has to push back against the MPAA.
Which honestly, what's the worry about being sued? The story was on Wired two months ago. Slashdot's been running the story the whole time. The key was first posted on the Internet in February. How can you press charges on this? "Your honor, it's a company secret!" Judge: "Not at 296,000 hits on Google, it isn't!"
Ah, Kevin, though. He knows how to recover with grace!
As for Wikipedia, I've already noticed a couple places where the story has now been reported on the site under appropriate categories such as the Streisand effect. So, let's all calm down. I think it was funny.
If only large-scale revolutions were this easy to win! Before today, I didn't care about HD-DVD encryption keys, and now I don't think I'll forget that number for the rest of my life!
UPDATE 5/7/07: Just when you thought it couldn't get any howlingly funnier, Boing Boing reports of a Princeton professor who is handing out legally protected 128-bit numbers like Halloween candy!!! To quote:
If he gives out 2^128 of these, then all 128-bit numbers will be owned and no one will ever be able to use a 128-bit key without breaking the law. Good times.
Here’s how we do it. First, we generate a fresh pseudorandom integer, just for you. Then we use your integer to encrypt a copyrighted haiku, thereby transforming your integer into a circumvention device capable of decrypting the haiku without your permission. We then give you all of our rights to decrypt the haiku using your integer. The DMCA does the rest.
No, no, stop! I can't take it anymore. I mean it; I'm going to become Amish. So that I never again have to deal with a number higher than what is needed to count my oxen.