brad had an idea for a cool hack today. In case he never gets around to it and someone else eventually does it, here's the SHA-1 of it expressed as three words: 9d3eb297e195a09034cb315043c05310e2198972.
(Also, I wasn't clear whether this was just for coolness points if it gets done or if this is such an awesome hack that you wanted to establish prior art. In either case, I figured it wouldn't hurt to have a disinterested/uninformed third party sign it.)
So, now every time I come up with some idea, I gotta take it's SHA-1 and google for it? Hey, we could replace the patent system with something like this. That'd be awesome! It'd be like a patent fingerprint system. Oh shit. That's three words.
I often imagine that the place our "intellectual property" law is eventually going to take us -- if nerds prevail -- is in government-issued true "property rights" to monopoly use of an anchor bitstring along with a "radius" of some amount of AIT-like relative information content, surrounding the bitstring.
Most lawyers I talk to start laughing somewhere around the middle of the sentence, though.