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Re: "Digital Dark Age"



In a message dated 2/10/99 2:11:22 PM Pacific Standard Time,
rbruno@INTERNETCOM.COM.BR writes:

<< Sorry, Mr. Fletcher, but you didn't get the point. If the "archival"
 technology changes, say from CD to video laser, you HAVE to change media,
 and then you won't have a readable CD to confirm and to be sure that the
 data was correct or not. In the process of changing from one medium to the
 other, you simply can't come back and compare, you have to believe in the
 person who did the job that the data wasn't modified at any time. >>

Nonsense.
As long as the CD-ROM exists it can always serve as the final reference if any
changes have been made to the data. A CD-ROM will never stop working. It has
no wear out or failure mechanisms. The only thing needed to read the CD-ROM is
a CD-ROM reader (100's of millions built and 100's millions more to be built)
and a PC.  Under what senario is our culture going to be at the point that
anyone interested can no longer make or aquire a simple PC with a CD-ROM
reader. The shear numbers of PC's manufactured insures that they will be
available in the distant future to view information carefully stored on CD-
ROM's.
regards
dt fletcher


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