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…You can own your own number?

Want to own an integer? While it might not sound like very much fun, the AACS-LA seems to be having a pretty good time with their 128-bit number, so you might as well. Thankfully, Princeton professor Edward Felten is giving them out for free, so grab them while they’re hot.

    Here’s how we do it. First, we generate a fresh pseudorandom integer, just for you. Then we use your integer to encrypt a copyrighted haiku, thereby transforming your integer into a circumvention device capable of decrypting the haiku without your permission. We then give you all of our rights to decrypt the haiku using your integer. The DMCA does the rest.

    The haiku is copyright 2007 by Edward W. Felten:

    We own integers,
    Says AACS LA.
    You can own one too.

My number? 5D 25 58 74 10 B7 9E 3F 15 77 7B 31 1F 18 64 82. Now that you’ve read it, you’ve got to forget it, because if you use it, I’m coming after you.

[Freedom To TInker – Own An Integer]

[Via: Boing Boing]

…DYH is now covered by a Creative Commons License?

Creative Commons

I finally got around to adding a Creative Commons license to all of the content that I post here on DYH. I’ve gone with an Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License, which means that anyone can remix, tweak, and build upon my work, even for commercial reasons, as long as they credit my work, and license their new creations under identical terms. Basically, it’s like a copyright, but anyone can use what I post, as long as they give me credit, and they agree to let others use what they post of mine. It’s a free world, and I love to see ideas shared and built upon, I just want to make sure that credit is given where credit is deserved. If you have anything that you’ve considered copyrighting, I highly suggest that you check out the options that Creative Commons Licenses offer. You may just find a perfect way to share with the world your thoughts and ideas.

[Creative Commons]

…It’s TGI Friday: Dual Citizenship?

Sealand Passport

DidntYouHear is doing something big today. It’s bigger than big. It’s like a whole other country big. That’s because today, DYH is offering you the chance to become a dual citizen. That’s right. You, the used to be single citizen, now has the chance to be a globe trotting, multiple passport holding dual citizen, a proud resident of your current country, but also a proud new founding father of Sealand (or whatever other country The Pirate Bay decides to plunder). As a dual citizen, you will be able to come and go as you please, laughing at the limited mobility of your single citizenship friends. Ability to write your own rules? Check. Ability to download to your hearts content from a country with no copyright laws? Hopefully check. Ability to boast about your dual citizenship when most people can only claim just one? Definitely check. So what do you have to do to earn such a prestigious place atop the world of single citizenships? Spread the word. DYH is a growing community, but more people need to know about it. Tell your friends, tell your neighbors, tell your dog, just make sure to tell someone who can type, because they’re going to need to be able to type to earn you your citizenship. To enter, convince someone you know to post a comment for this post. Each time someone puts your name into their comment, you earn an entry. All they need to do is register, and then type the name that you registered with, and you get one spot. Each time your name is mentioned (by a different person), you get an additional entry. Then, on Sunday, one name will be drawn at random, and a donation will be made to the Buy Sealand fund in your honor, earning you a spot on the citizen list when the new country forms. All it takes is a small step towards a big change, and you never know where it might take you.

Edit: As a bonus, anyone who adds DidntYouHear to their Technorati favorites will earn an extra entry. Just sign up for an account (if you don’t already have one), add DYH, and you’re in the running. Technorati is the premiere blog search engine, and also a great way to keep track of your favorite sites, so you’ll never miss another sweet opportunity like this one again.

[Buy Sealand]


…The Pirate Bay wants to buy a country?


The Pirate Bay is trying to acquire its own country by purchasing Sealand, a small “island” made up of an abandoned gun battery near the UK “that was occupied, declared sovereign, and turned into an offshore data-center for sensitive information”. Kopimists can donate money to the cause with promises of “high-speed Internet access, no copyright laws, and VIP accounts to The Pirate Bay” for every citizen of Sealandia. If they can’t get enough money together for Sealand though, The Pirate Bay still promises to buy another small island somewhere and claim it as a sovereign state, so no investment goes unrewarded. I’d be interested to see just how far they could go around copyright laws if they did in fact become their own country, so donate now to a movement that could change the world.

[Buy Sealand]

[Via: Boing Boing]