TheGrammarBolshevik wrote:Steax wrote:But there's no guarantee that, at any given point in reasonable time, you can load it, read it, or even have access to a device that can read it. Again, electricity failures, storage failures, etc.
Is there such a guarantee for books? Sprinkler failures, library raided by Caesar, etc.
I like to think that those issues are more self-controlled, as in, we can do things about them. Power issues, digital issues, internet issues and things like that are pretty much impossible to deal with by oneself.
I may just be paranoid.
elasto wrote:Electricity can be generated locally. Storage failures can be dealt with by backing it up - both locally and remotely - or relying on other people giving access to their backups (eg bittorrent piracy).Steax wrote:TheGrammarBolshevik wrote:Wat. There's digital media on my shelf right now.
But there's no guarantee that, at any given point in reasonable time, you can load it, read it, or even have access to a device that can read it. Again, electricity failures, storage failures, etc.
You talk about it being a single point of failure - but it isn't really. Multiple cataclysmic things will have had to have happened - in which case accessing your book will likely be the least of your troubles. Unless you are already prepared for living off the land alone you're probably screwed in such a world-wide collapse of civilisation scenario with or without access to your books.
The fact that it's not a top priority does not mean it isn't an issue at all.
Information has always been key for redeveloping anything after a disaster, and losing a significant amount of science would toss us waaaaaay back.