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A while ago (I think, though I can't currently find it) I linked to a map of the blogosphere. Now, from XKCD via caitirin, Ye Olde Blogosphere Mappe. Hee.

Just typed a sentence into my phone that came out as "i say in adds aof smoker". Predictive text for the win! I wish it would stop doing "and" as "aof"...There's probably a way I can get into the dictionary and take aof out, but I have no idea how.

I've just started Vellum by Hal Duncan, and it's fabulous. I have no idea what's happening, and have a nagging suspicion I should be taking notes, but I'm loving it.

The current big tech story seems to be about the AACS encryption code on HD-DVD and Blu-ray. The licensing administrator sent out a bunch of cease-and-desists to major websites and aggregators, including Digg, to stop them publishing or linking to the string of characters that can break the encryption. At 1pm yesterday, a Digg employee published this blog entry explaining why things were being deleted, how everyone had to do what they were asked, because lawsuits were bad, and so on. Digg users were not amused. So they kept posting the story and the key again, faster than the mods could delete it. Eight hours later, the founder of Digg posts their policy U-turn. They're going to fight it. And the subject of the blog post was the decryption key - 09-f9-11-02-9d-74-e3-5b-d8-41-56-c5-63-56-88-c0. Heh. Honestly, have rights companies learned nothing from Napster? Yeah, they managed to make Napster itself go legal...but did they have any impact on the availability of illegal downloads? No.

The Register story on it (with a slightly snooty tone) is here. With an exasperated update that says "Please don't bother trying to post the encryption key on our comment section. We are bound by UK copyright and patents law, not to mention the DMCA. Comments carrying the key will be rejected." Heh again. Obviously the Register is either more scared of the lawsuit than Digg, or can just control its users better.


( 7 comments — Comment )
May. 2nd, 2007 10:02 pm (UTC)
Ooh. Vellum is sitting on my desk to read when I get time...
May. 2nd, 2007 10:22 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I've had it for months, and hadn't got round to it for some reason. I'm only about 70 pages in, but it's fab. And starts off at Glasgow Uni, which is always fun :)
May. 2nd, 2007 10:12 pm (UTC)
Hehe. The AACS code was found months ago. It's only recently that the MPAA has started thrwoing its weight around trying to get any mention removed. As a result, they've seen The Streisand Effect in action.
May. 2nd, 2007 10:23 pm (UTC)
Ha, brilliant, I didn't know there was a name for it!
May. 2nd, 2007 11:07 pm (UTC)
El Reg would be in a tricky legal position as it already moderates its comments by default - my editors often send me comments that have been submitted to my articles there before they approve them to see if I have any response to the comment...
May. 2nd, 2007 11:14 pm (UTC)
Ah, I see, so they'd actually be liable for publishing the comments rather than just for not stopping their users doing so.
May. 3rd, 2007 11:31 am (UTC)
That Digg story is rather inspiring- I think.
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