The winning bidder, can I get a little discount? Just the other day, Tim Berners-Lee’s World Wide Web (WWW) was auctioned as an NFT and sold for 600 million yen, but it seems that an error was found in the code. Starting June 23, the auction includes original time-stamped files, visualized animations of the source code, process letters, and digital posters of the source code. In an interview, Berners-Lee said, “Auctions are a perfect match for web values,” “the web is still open for free, as it used to be,” and “code and protocols on the web remain the same.” It’s royalty-free. I don’t sell the web and I don’t have to pay to follow the links. ” The auction ended successfully, and the winning bid was $ 5.4 million (about 600 million yen), but a person named Mikko Hypponen, a security researcher, made a discovery during the auction. “Wait a minute. It’s the source code of www that is being auctioned at Sotheby’s, but the angle brackets are wrong. It’s” <> “instead of” <> “. Lol.” I make it, but if you want to use “<>” as a character, substitute “>” for “”. In the code in the animation that was auctioned, the good part of “<>” is purposely converted to “<>“. Hypponen says that the original code couldn’t have been this, so he probably mistakenly converted it when making the animated video. If you look closely at the beginning of the animation published on the Sotheby’s site, you can see that the code is “<>” as explained by Hypponen. I’m wondering if the photo of the open source code that was released for free is 600 million yen !? But Berners-Lee first said that the money earned at this auction will be donated to charity, so I’m a little relieved if it is used for good things.