26 Dec '14, 11pm

Imagine the possibilities:

One of the things that needs to be included in “Forever” data is an instruction set. The Voyager laser disc has a set of pictograms included on it that describes how to read it. I think there should be an international standard set up so that every one of these data storage devices include the instructions to read it. Not just what the dots are, but more important, number systems used (like base 10 or binary or hexadecimal). Basic mathematics used, alphanumeric encoding (ASCII, or UNICODE), how are pictures stored (JPEG algorithms, etc). If compression is used, that needs the math included. I guess I am thinking of the issues we had in translating old papyrus that we had no clue until the Rosetta Stone was found. And that was only a thousand years or so that we had lost the ability to read the contents. If we truly want an archive that will survive eons, then every single ...

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