Friday, May 04, 2007

Interesting Number

There's a lot of buzz on the Internet about this number:


One guy said it's an IPv6 address on his network. Another guy used it as an encryption key in a short little program he published on Slashdot. Someone else pointed out that if anyone attempted to decrypt his program they might be in violation of the DMCA. (There's a lot of vitriol aimed at the DMCA and DRM and AACS and the RIAA and MPAA on the Slashdot site -- something about these things being anti-consumer.) There is an amazing number of references to this number in various forms all over the Internet.

I find it all rather interesting.

1 comment:

Chyntt said...

This post actually made sense at the time. My memory is hazy now, but it had something to do with a decryption key, and some legal gymnastics that basically said this particular number was copyrighted or otherwise "owned" by someone as part of a decryption key, and thus could not be published without running afoul of ill-crafted laws like the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) of 1998.

Of course, the notion of making it illegal to publish a number struck many persons, myself included, as ridiculous. What's next? Copyrighting the number One, so that you can sue the local highschool football fans for yelling, "We're Number 1!" at their pep rallies?

Pfft. Foolishness. Government run amuck.