Monday, May 07, 2007

Why buy a star name, when you can get your own integer?

I'm sure you've received many offers from "star catalogs" to name a star just for you or one of your loved ones. Well, Ed Felten has a new service that will provide you with your very own proprietary integer.

  • There are more than 100K times as many 128-bit integers as there are estimated to be stars, so it's not quite such an exclusive club.
  • You can't publicize your integer, it's a secret key.

I've already gotten mine, generated by the VirtualLandGrab technology inspired by the AACS LA. I don't guarantee that I'll protect mine as viciously as they promise to protect theirs.

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