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  •  Then might I also suggest, that you consider (18+ / 0-)

    addressing the troubling, paperless aspect of our federal repositories?

    Those are libraries and archives, with no oversight that I am aware of, that hold all sorts of documents that are almost all electronic.

    It's just too damn easy nowadays for our Corporate Government to make important documents disappear by simply disabling the text search commands.


    •  Great idea. I wan't aware that there was a (6+ / 0-)

      problem, but then, I don't use any federal repositories, knowingly anyway.

      Are you talking Library of Congress or specific federal agencies?

      We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty - Edward R. Murrow

      by Susan Grigsby on Wed May 08, 2013 at 02:12:07 PM PDT

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    •  Documents include ID info (2+ / 0-)
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      What does it take to change the digital image of an ID card in a national registry?

      What will happen to our collective memory memory if: the data base is damaged, technology changes (the STASI data tapes were almost unrecoverable, so are the early NASA tapes).

      If the Egyptians, Greeks, Assyrians etc etc had all their data on SD cards or CDs when could we have recovered the data? Gutenberg's bibles can still be read, as can the Death Sea Scrolls.

    •  There is another troubling aspect to ebooks (1+ / 0-)
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      and libraries: memory corruption.  

      Background: my husband works in memory for the cloud at a major database company.

      My husband says that the hardware for flash drive memory corrupts in about 5 years - or that is what current engineers are estimating generally.  If one looks at things like tablets, phones etc, one has to realize that most have simply not been around all that long, and that the tech industry simply gets no benefit from making items for the long term. Just as microfiche   remains in archives way past its sell by date, cd-roms will probably be used long after disk drives have disappeared from the consumer market.

      I put a lot of things out in the Apple cloud beta for backup.  With abundant notice Apple got rid of cloud beta.  I had thought that they would transfer beta to iCloud when they were ready. Nope. If I had known going in that Apple was going to dump the data, I would not have spent so much time on it. The disappearance of my data made me very hesitant to invest time/energy  in any digital format that I could not touch.  Back to burning CDs.  

      I am reluctant to do Kindle/Nook whatever, because the Amazon 1984 case means that companies COULD delete one's library, even if they pledge not to.  (Everyone old enough will remember the employee who scheduled post layoff  deletion of all on his companies' accounts receivables, same stuff, different day.) I am further reluctant because companies could stop supporting old versions of their software/hardware, even if they pledge not to (Microsoft Word anyone?). Maybe I'm just really reluctant to join the 21st century.

      "It is from the Bible that man has learned cruelty, rapine and murder; for the belief of a cruel God makes a cruel man." -- Thomas Paine

      by sailmaker on Thu May 09, 2013 at 03:46:00 PM PDT

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      •  The memory corruption is disturbing. And an (2+ / 0-)
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        area I hadn't considered. So far, with four years in, none of my kindle books have had any problem.

        Amazon's pledge was part of a court settlement so it should carry more weight than a mere promise, but who knows? And the 1984 case did involve removing illegal copies of a book. At least the seller didn't have the proper license to sell the book through Amazon. Clearly Amazon should have done a better job at insuring its vendors had the right to vend the product.

        What I don't like is the updated versions of a published book that are made automatically. Although you are notified that an update is available, I don't recall being able to decline it. Often they correct typos and poor editing, but there could also be content changes, and how would we ever know?

        We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty - Edward R. Murrow

        by Susan Grigsby on Fri May 10, 2013 at 01:31:45 PM PDT

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