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Smart business, dumb business [May. 1st, 2007|08:32 pm]
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If your business model depends on suppressing information, don't act all surprised when someone pulls the rug out from underneath you.

Funny thing about that statement is that it applies equally well to two completely different pieces of news today.

Japanese magicians sue broadcasters for disclosing tricks

and of course, the infamous HD-DVD key.

The funniest repost of the key I've seen so far is

09 F9 11 02 9D 74 E3 5B D8 41 56 C5 63 56 88 BE
09 F9 11 02 9D 74 E3 5B D8 41 56 C5 63 56 88 BF
[line deleted by the MPAA]
09 F9 11 02 9D 74 E3 5B D8 41 56 C5 63 56 88 C1
09 F9 11 02 9D 74 E3 5B D8 41 56 C5 63 56 88 C2

Unfortunately I can't link to the source because it was a comment on one of the digg threads which was -- you guessed it -- deleted by the MPAA.

The best part is that the key has been available since Feb 11 on the doom9 forums. If the AACS-LA hadn't proved their utter retardedness by attempting to delete a number from the whole Internet, this wouldn't have become the most widely distributed trade secret in the history of humanity.
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[User Picture]From: thefalken
2007-05-02 12:25 pm (UTC)

Funny number...

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