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[ NNSquad ] Re: The disappearing web: Information decay is eating away our history

See the Handle System.

  [ This refers to RFC 3650, et al., dating back at least to 2003. 

       -- Lauren Weinstein
          NNSquad Moderator ]

On Sep 23, 2012 6:46 PM, "Bob Frankston" <Bob19-0501@bobf.frankston.com>

> Dan Bricklin has written about Software That Lasts 200 Years
> (http://www.bricklin.com/200yearsoftware.htm).
> Let's not forget unnecessary harm. The DNS is designed to unravel -- any
> glitch in renewing the ownership of your domain name means that you lose
> your very identity. That glitch can be as innocuous forgetting to renew or
> running afoul of terms of service (now or in the future) or simply having
> the IT guy restructure a site. Why should your email identity change just
> because you have changed providers?
> The Internet needs the concept of a stable identifier that is not dependent
> upon third parties. Who needs Fahrenheit 451 when we have the spontaneous
> combustion of URL 404? Sure there are some work-arounds but why so little
> interest in such a fundamental problem?
> Bit rot isn't just about data evaporating it's about bits become detached
> from their meaning in context. http://www.andgodsaid.com/ demonstrates an
> extreme case of interpreting writing from two thousand or so years ago.

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