The nerdiest and possibly most illegal thing I’ve ever done

Thursday, 13 December 2007

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Vagrant

Re: The nerdiest and possibly most illegal thing I’ve ever done

I give up. Is there some kind of stegosaurus(?) message hidden?

By Vagrant on 13 December 2007 · 19:21
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Ashley

Re: The nerdiest and possibly most illegal thing I’ve ever done

Right track. It’s encryption related. I hate to give it away but might as well. It’s the DVD encryption key that made the rounds awhile back; rendered in hex colors with the initial and ending blacks, 1/6th the width, being the leading and trailing 0s of the key.

Update: I should say, I had no idea someone had done the same idea with the colors when I did mine. And, mine is better.

By Ashley on 13 December 2007 · 21:13
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Vagrant

Re^3: The nerdiest and possibly most illegal thing I’ve ever done

It certainly is better, even if creating it was objectively pro-evil.

I'm not sure why they don't try something like the iTunes or Amazon model and offer adequate quality downloads for a few bucks. Most people prefer to pay.

By Vagrant on 14 December 2007 · 00:13
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Ashley

Re^4: The nerdiest and possibly most illegal thing I’ve ever done

I agree. They’re just scared. Which is stupid. I’m one of those people who used to make dozens of mix-tapes for friends but I’m sure I increased sales for several artists by giving a nice taste. I’ve probably bought 30 or 40 CDs based on mix-tapes people have given me. It’s free marketing as much as it’s piracy. They’ll spend all this money acquiring new customers but sue people for smaller amounts apparently lost.

If they would sell 100% quality (1,400kps; 44-48kHz, or better 98kHz b/c a lot of new music is being recorded at that rate to attempt to really bridge the digital/analog gap) I would buy *all* my music digital. I would shop by song. I would spend $100/month on music again instead of the roughly $50 a year I spend now b/c I own most of the albums I want and few artists right now put out entire recordings worth owning. Which has more to do with the sorry state of the music industry. There are many highlights still but they are fewer and farther between.

A new model will start to emerge. Suckers like me who record at home and can’t put out 10 albums but can put out someone’s favorite song ever. I have a handful of similar tunes, released for free, from around the web now. I’d gladly have paid for them, as you say, too but no record company would give me, or the artists, the chance.

By Ashley on 14 December 2007 · 09:50
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