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posted by mrpg on Saturday June 30 2018, @04:58AM   Printer-friendly
from the 404 dept.

Vint Cerf, the godfather of the Internet, spoke in Sydney, Australia on Wednesday and issued a blunt call to action for a digital preservation regime for content and code to be quickly put in place to counter the existing throwaway culture that denies future generations an essential window into life in the past. He emphasized that this was especially needed for the WWW. Due to the volatile nature of electronic storage media as well as the format in which information is encoded, it is not possible to preserve digital material without prior planning and action.

[...] While the digital disappearance phenomenon is one which has so far mainly vexed official archivists and librarians for some years now, Cerf's take is that as everything goes from creation, the risk of accidental or careless memory loss increases correspondingly.

Archivists have for decades fought publicly for open document formats to hedge against proprietary and vendor risks – especially when classified material usually can only be made public after 30 to 50 years, sometimes longer.

From iTnews : Internet is losing its memory: Cerf

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  • (Score: 2, Flamebait) by crafoo on Saturday June 30 2018, @09:30AM (2 children)

    by crafoo (6639) on Saturday June 30 2018, @09:30AM (#700597)

    Modern Linux has trained users that man pages are shit. Because modern Linux man pages are largely piles of shit. Don't be surprised when users go to them as a last resort.

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  • (Score: 1, Troll) by Arik on Saturday June 30 2018, @10:33AM (1 child)

    by Arik (4543) on Saturday June 30 2018, @10:33AM (#700610) Journal
    If the command is internal to linux you're probably going to want to look at info instead of man for current docs.
    If laughter is the best medicine, who are the best doctors?
    • (Score: 2) by KiloByte on Saturday June 30 2018, @04:59PM

      by KiloByte (375) on Saturday June 30 2018, @04:59PM (#700716)

      Info files stopped being updated around 2000 or so, they're used by nothing but some GNU tools. And usually come with a non-free license so you don't even get them without jumping through extra hoops.

      Ceterum censeo systemd esse delendam.