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Remember the illegal number? Well, I converted the hexadecimal number into a set of five different colors (using hex-color codes) and made this lovely GIF to illustrate. Don't use these colors together. If you do, you're breaking the law. Or, at least, you're breaking it enough to get sued for it.


Again- don't use these colors. These colors are bad, and using these colors might get you sued. If you want to spread the warning, the copy-n-paste HTML is behind the cut. Let's make sure nobody accidentally uses these colors.

<lj-raw>
<table>
<tr>
  <th colspan="3">
    <img src="http://geekmatters.com/Files/IllegalColorScheme.gif" width="100%" height="10px"/>
  </th>
</tr>
<tr>
  <td><img src="http://geekmatters.com/Files/IllegalColorScheme.gif" width="100%" height="100%"/></td>
  <td>
    Remember the illegal number? Well, I converted the hexadecimal number into a set of five 
    different colors (using hex-color codes) and made this lovely GIF to illustrate.
    Don't use these colors together. 
    If you do, you're <a href="http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/archives/005229.php">breaking the law</a>. 
    Or, at least, you're breaking it enough to get sued for it.
  </td>
  <td><img src="http://geekmatters.com/Files/IllegalColorScheme.gif" width="100%" height="200%"/></td>
</tr>
<tr>
  <th colspan="3">
    <img src="http://geekmatters.com/Files/IllegalColorScheme.gif" width="100%" height="10px"/>
  </th>
</tr>
</table>
</lj-raw>

  • Thank you SO much for warning everybody about this. Because I certainly would NEVER want to break the LAW!
  • http://www.randomkitty.net/blog/2007/05/02/courtesy-of-t3knomanser/
    Thank you so much for the warning! I have done my part to help inform everyone how they can avoid becoming part of the unwashed, lawless, heathen mob!
  • HA!!!

    You made BoingBoing!

    eliazar ()+
    • Re: HA!!!

      If only I had the wherewithal to start printing T-shirts with it! Curse that Aussie!

      //I'm tickled that they reposted me
  • Is my illegally posting that in my profile, with a link to this post, a problem? I can unlink, or can host the .. 85 bytes? on my host. Your call. But really, I think we should all profile the bar. `
  • Nice work!
  • Information from Light

    You mentioned how colors could carry information, well, I was wondering how good you were at PHP and/or mathematics, I've been working on a script which would do just that, and I was wondering if you'd care to help me finish it. According to previous tests, it's possible to get up to a 90% compression ratio on 1GB of data in about 5-10 minutes (in case you're interested).
    • Re: Information from Light

      My math and PHP skills are both rusty- but PHP's just a language. Your project intrigues me, however, and would love to know more about it.

      My email is my lj-username @gmail.com.
  • Thank God you brought this to my attention. I almost accepted a contract to build a web site for a company with that *exact* colour scheme today. Tomorrow, I'm going to call them up first thing in the morning and tell them, "No way, José!"
  • huh?

    These colors won't get anyone sued, as they don't encode anything (other than some colors):

    00 FF 00 00 A0 72 FF 4D DD 21 56 65 44 87 C5

  • Hello.

    Would you mind terribly if I converted this into a cascading style sheet for my weblog?
  • Brilliant!

    I have posted the warning. Thank you so much for your concern. The AACS should give you a medal!
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