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You may be wondering what the post title above means. This is the key to unlock every HD DVD on the planet. I don’t know about you but if I was going to make an industry standard video encryption format responsible for securing billions of dollars of intellectual property and entertainment, I’d be damned sure that there wasn’t some master universal key that made the entire format vulnerable. Well – oops on that. Of course with the draconian Digital Copyright Millennium Act, the movie (and recording) industry can sue anybody that publishes any hack or workaround for their shoddy faulty encryption. A similar hack was released for conventional DVDs years ago and caused a similar revolt with geeks making T-shirts with the DeCSS code. Digg users went nuts posting it to Digg only to have it removed by moderators (who later let the posts back in).
And do you know what most of these geek types really just want to do? Watch their DVDs on their Linux computers without being bothered.

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