[Beowulf] how Google warps your brain
deadline at eadline.org
Tue Oct 26 10:59:25 EDT 2010
Not that there is anything wrong with that.
> As usual, a highly insightful post from RGB.
>> a) Multiple copies. Passenger pigeons may be robust, but once the
> number of copies drops below a critical point, they are gone. E. Coli
> we will always have
>> with us (possibly in a constantly changing form) because there are so
> very many copies, so very widely spread.
> I probably shouldn't mention Wikileaks here...
>> At the moment, the internet has if anything VASTLY INCREASED a, b and
>> for every single document in the public domain that has been ported
>> e.g. Project Gutenberg.
>> Right now, I'm sitting on a cache of "Saint" books, by Leslie
>> (who was a great favorite of mine growing up and still is).
>> Nobody is going to reprint the Saint stories. They are a gay fantasy
>> from another time,
> Simon Templar? Gay? Cough.
> Next you will be telling me that there are gay undertones in Top Gun,
> the film with the sexiest astrophysicist ever.
>> might well last to the end of civilization. Replicate them a few
>> million times, PERPETUATE them from generation to generation by
>> the copies, and backing them up, and recopying them in formats where
>> they are still useful.
> The cloud backup providers will be keeping copies of data on
> geographically spread sites.
> However, we should at this stage be asking what are the mechanisms for
> cloud storage companies
> *) living wills - what happens when the company goes bust
> *) what are the strategies for migrating the data onto new storage
>> Or, to put it differently, suppose every single human on the planet
>> access to the modern equivalent of Diophantus's Arithmetica on their
>> computer, their Kindle, their Ipad
> I believe that was the original intent for the Web. Still under
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