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Re: Media mortality (< facing your own mortality)

From:Henrik Theiling <theiling@...>
Date:Thursday, July 3, 2008, 14:11

li_sasxsek@NUTTER.NET writes:
>... > Being plastic they will hold up longer than paper. The biggest > problem with CD's is laser burn which only occurs if they are > actually being used. Sitting on a shelf at room temperature > won't hurt them at all. >...
I tend to disagree: plastic media slowly disintegrate just like anything else. Laser burn OTOH is an urban legend. Just because it's called a 'laser' does not mean in burns. It's simply a weak light beam. On DVDs, even if they last, no-one will be able to reverse engineer the data format because of its complexity. BDs have even more complex encoding and add strong encryption. Very hard to decode even if you have all the raw bits. Without a clue, you'll be lost. **Henrik