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I ran into one of those Internet changing events last night. users, very upset at the news aggregate site for deleting articles containing an encryption key that could be used to crack the digital rights management on HD DVDs, have inundated the site with thousands of recommendations to pages that contain the code. The protest was apparently heard by Digg administrators, who later reversed the ban. – “Steven Musil(Unhappy Digg users bury site in protest)”: If you have never seen the film “Antitrust(Antitrust)”:, there is a similar scene in the film. And just as in that scene, once information gets out on the Internet”, there is very little that can stop it. And you would think that the existence of things like the “Gallery of CSS Descramblers(Gallery of CSS Descramblers)”: would have made things clear that “their attempts(AACS licensor complains of posted key)”: to supress things just won’t work. But the question is, should Digg be let off the hook?
bq.I suggested a couple of times that Digg was operating out of fear, and not out of legal requirement, based on the fact that Reddit still has the key up, and Wired published an article on Feb 13, 2007, with the key, and that is still up. I used no foul language at any time. My account has been disabled for misuse. – “Nougat( How I got banned from Digg)”: Removing the posts was one thing. Disabling accounts was much worse. I am perfectly willing to forgive, but I think “Kevin Rose(”: and his fellows need to meet everyone more than halfway.

By Michael K Pate

Michael K. Pate tends to spend a great deal time of time around computers. He has been a Librarian since 1997.

Michael was born in Avon Park, Florida in 1966. Except for a couple of brief periods in his life (once in Tampa and once in Winter Haven/Haines City), he has been a life-long resident.

Originally, he planned on a career as a Computer Programmer and therefore graduate from Webber College with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems in 1988. However, unhappy with career opportunities at the time, he soon returned to school and received a BS in Social Science Education from the University of South Florida.

He began his career in education at Avon Elementary and later Avon Park Middle working as a Computer Lab Coordinator. While technological challenges were interesting, he found himself more and more interested in becoming a Media Specialist. He began work on his MLS in 1995.

However, a summer internship at the Sebring Public Library in 1996 soon made him reconsider just what his career should be. Upon graduation in 1997, he secured a position as a Media Specialist at Eastside Elementary in Haines City. Eventually, the position he was looking for opened up and he returned to SPL as Reference Librarian in 1999.

In 2003, he became Assistant Director of the Highlands County Library System, serving in that role until the position was eliminated during a late round of budget cuts in 2010. Since then, he has been the Computer Support Specialist for the Heartland Library Cooperative. In 2011, he began serving on the Board of Directors of the Tampa Bay Library Consortium.