Thursday, May 03, 2007

09-f9-11-02-9d-74-e3-5b-d8-41-56-c5-63-56-88-c0

I know - it's a weird headline for a post.  But that string of numbers and letters is pretty powerful.  It unlocks the encryption on the new Blu-Ray and HD DVD discs, making them essentially downloadable.


But that's not why it's really powerful.  When the code became public on May 1st, Digg users started to post articles related to it.  (If you don't know what Digg is, go here.  It lets users comment on articles.)  Digg doesn't allow the violation of copyright, so they pulled it down.  That's where the power of this number and the internet community really kicked in.


Digg users basically shut the Digg system down by posting thousands of articles about the decryption string.  Eventually the founder of Digg relented and decided to let his users has their way, regardless of the consequences.  Some folks have decided that Digg is right on this one.  I would have to agree!


Amazing how powerful this Interweb thingy has gotten.


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