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Re: Titanosaurs from Malawi

Phil Bigelow (bigelowp@juno.com) wrote:

<In the year A.D. 2200, will reader equipment still be backward compatible with
today's CD drives?  If not, then will today's science librarians have enough
money in their budget to pay for the transfer of all of the old CD format
publications into a newer archival format before their old CD drives conk out? 
And how long *does* the protective plastic coating on a CD last, anyway?>

  As an analogy, it is always posible to _duplicate_ the technology to read the
CDs, just as we have the technology today to create papyrus paper, despite no
one NEEDING it for thousands of years. To me, this is like reading old
languages, in that even if there is a process and time to gain access to data,
that data is always legible.


Jaime A. Headden

  Little steps are often the hardest to take.  We are too used to making leaps 
in the face of adversity, that a simple skip is so hard to do.  We should all 
learn to walk soft, walk small, see the world around us rather than zoom by it.

"Innocent, unbiased observation is a myth." --- P.B. Medawar (1969)

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