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Re: CHAT: facing your own mortality (as a conlanger)

From:Sai Emrys <sai@...>
Date:Saturday, June 28, 2008, 5:55
On Fri, Jun 27, 2008 at 9:43 PM, Rick Harrison <rick@...> wrote:

> I think some of those sites delete pages when they have not been > updated in a long time. At least that's the impression I get from the > huge number of dead links I encounter on them. >
That's inaccurate. It's just that they typically only spider through links, and if a page is old it won't be linked to... so it doesn't get rearchived. It's just a byproduct of the way it's done (which is, of necessity, fairly limited compared to a real mirroring process.) Sai, it looks like there is unanimous support for the idea of LCS
> providing an archiving service. Even I cannot think of an objection. > It would be nice if the archive could be mirrored on the other side > of the world, for redundancy purposes; or maybe you could sell > DVD-ROMs of the data as a way to raise funds and create a widely > distributed backup. >
FWIW, if we were to want that level of redundancy, I would opt for standard backup procedures like I use at work. We can simply have two fully synchronized hosts to address this, but seriously? this is a solved issue for webhosts; any decent host already does offsite tape backups. One can also do other backups, torrents, etc... but I don't feel like this is a big issue. Inscribing text on thin sheets of gold might work. It is immune to
> corrosion. But if it were discovered by an idiot they would melt it > and sell it. >
And they might need a magic ball to translate it, a la John Smith. ;-) - Sai