Copyright and such

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Posted by: stak
Posted on: 2007-05-09 00:44:29

Thanks to Freedom to Tinker, I am now the owner of the 128-bit integer F48F2E8D723EA0​CDCF53A02960E3​1450 (in hex). Anybody using this number WILL be prosecuted. If the AACS can do it, so can I. mwaHAHAHAHA. :)

On a related note, I read Michael Crichton's Next yesterday. Like State of Fear, it seemed entirely too preachy for my liking. While State of Fear was about climate change, Next is about genetics - gene transplants and copyrighting of genes are a couple of the topics he manages to weave into something approaching a story.

I suppose that, in the long run, it's a good thing that he's using his popularity to bring some very important topics into public discussion. However, I do wish he'd do it a little more discreetly - sacrificing the integrity of the novel to make a point leaves me wanting to forget the issue, rather than wanting to learn more about it.

Posted by rohan at 2007-05-09 00:59:53
that's funny. it's like a more extreme case of those companies that patent living plants. too bad I can steal your number because you're/i'm not in the US so those laws don't exist :)
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Posted by stak at 2007-05-09 12:03:00
Well, for now anyway. Canadian DMCA to be introduced this spring. I'm not sure of how strict the Canadian version is, but it probably allows for some pretty stupid things.
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Posted by varun at 2007-05-09 12:13:16
State of Fear was pretty cool. Next was not. It may have something to do with the fact that State of Fear had a plot line, and Next didn't.
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