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July 12, 2013

Russia's New Cutting Edge Technology to Reduce Leaks: Typewriters & Typing Paper

Meet the New Tech, same as the Old Tech.

It said the FSO believed it was necessary to expand the use of typewriters after American Edward Snowden reportedly used a simple flash drive to reveal the extent of the US government’s phone and internet surveillance programmes.

“After the scandal with the spread of classified documents WikiLeaks, revelations of Edward Snowden, reports of tapping Dmitry Medvedev during his visit to the G20 summit in London, it has been decided to expand the practice of creating paper documents,” a FSO source told the newspaper.

I wrote what I think is an interesting sci-fi speculation about this at Breitbart, but I had a glass of wine at lunch, so frankly I think everything is interesting right now, especially cookies.

The Impermanence of Electrons: "Lickmuffin" writes (and you should always listen to a guy called "Lickmuffin"):

ve often thought that people would return to paper for archival purposes, but for a different reason. When historians -- assuming that the culture that replaces us has historians -- look back at this time, there will be a huge honkin' gap. There will be a two or three generation stretch where there are no everyday records -- no family photos, no journals, few legal records -- because at some point all of the digital stuff was lost. And not necessarily lost catastrophically during a solar flare or SMOD event -- it was just misplaced and wiped, or the technologies went obsolete and the media could not be read.

Got a shock the other day when I found an old cell phone in our kitchen junk drawer. Battery long dead, I dug around in another junk drawer to look for a charger that might power the thing. Sure enough, there were photos of my kids on there that I had forgotten about. They were retrieved in this case, but they could also have been shredded when I recycled the phone.

I think there's a market for high quality archival storage materials and techniques for even common and personal items. I've thought about a start-up doing such stuff, but, like, Obamacare. So f@ck it.

Second look at Quipu?

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