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posted by janrinok on Tuesday January 30, @06:50PM   Printer-friendly
from the the-net-never-forgets-ha dept.

Web developer Trevor Morris has a short post on the attrition of web sites over the years.

I have run the Laravel Artisan command I built to get statistics on my outgoing links section. Exactly one year later it doesn't make good reading.

[...] The percentage of total broken links has increased from 32.8% last year to 35.7% this year. Links from over a decade ago have a fifty per cent chance of no longer working. Thankfully, only three out of over 550 have gone missing in the last few years of links, but only time will tell how long they'll stick around.

As pointed out in the early and mid 1990s, the inherent centralization of sites, later web sites, is the basis for this weakness. That is to say one single copy exists which resides under the control of the publisher / maintainer. When that one copy goes, it is gone.


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    by Mojibake Tengu (8598) on Friday February 02, @05:07AM (#1342744) Journal

    In digital domain of existence, any creative work must be represented as data. Otherwise it is not digitally existent. Thus, a copyright on work is attempted to be transitively extended to its representation data.

    'Sweat of brow' actually means labour, euphemism to a dirty word which is considered a vulgarism in noble castes themselves who invented concept of copyright.
    Imagine any road pavement worker had a copyright for his stonework or asphalt craft or plumber for his pipe assembly and you may see the absurdity of the concept.

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