As for flash drives, they will stop working when you least expect it. Most use multi-level cells(MLC) tech which is cheap and not robust. Even drives
with wear leveling technology will wear out, it just takes longer. Use single-level cell(SLC) although it's more expensive, and put your stuff on
several high quality but different OEM flash drives at the same time, so that when one fails, you will still have a copy.
The same is true with CD's. Regardless of the hype, ordinary cd-r won't last for many years. If you really want to archive something for a long
time, then use recordable CD covered with 24 carat gold or DVD covered with 24 carat gold, as gold doesn't degrade over time.
Generally when it comes to archival, you will find that the medium usually outlasts the reading technology.
There are generally 2 branches you can take. Base your archival system on the integrity of the medium(gold CD's) or redundancy(RAID subsystems). At
some point CD's will no longer be readable, not because they failed, but because the CD-ROM drives can no longer be found, or they are not supported
by new software, so any archival system should be static and dedicated to archival only.
This is not good. There is only one company doing this work, www.archive.org WayBack Machine.
Internet Archive is not a company. It's a non-profit organization of philanthropists and visionaries who recognized the fragility of digital media
and it's rapid loss as a historic & cultural sin, as future historians looking back would have no preserved examples or means of accessing early
internet history. The invention of the Gutenberg Printing Press in Europe helped ignite the Scientific Revolution - and it happened again with the
internet. Yet while we have preserved historic artifacts of it's initial printings - papal letters, indulgences, and the Gutenberg Bibles... the
reincarnation of that event was being lost to a digital "black hole". Not for any malicious reasons... but Gutenberg printings were preserved as
rare novelties accessible to the wealthy and literate. (It was the Indulgences where the press really met the people. Think of them as kind of like
Carbon Credits for Sin. God's own absolution, offered for a limited time at a low low introductory price now that "Bulk Rates" were possible.)
This wasn't the case for the early Internet. While internet access was limited to more urban areas, and dial-up was becoming a real option for rural
customers - the tech bubble of the 90's saw the price of PC's drop substantially by the end of the decade. They weren't home office machines
anymore, but affordable family machines with a literate user base. User Generated content was so plentiful, cheap, and constantly being upgraded and
revised to take advantage of newer hardware, faster internet, broader connectivity.
So they liken their project to the new Library of Alexandria - in it's spirit of archiving digital information from all around the globe in
chronological layers so that future historians and average Joes could research the texts or just explore what the old new frontier of 1998 was like..
and prevent the burning of the modern Library of Alexandria.
Brewster Kahle had an inspiring and motivational TEDtalk about the project not too long ago.
(Supplimentary: Actually, the situation was somewhat similar. The first major burning occurred on accident as dock fires set to the besieged harbors
during Caesar's invasion spread out of control. Mark Antony tried to make restitution for the event by raiding the Pergamon Library and presenting
it's collection to Cleopatra as a gift. However, the Romans didn't promote and encourage the acquisition/generation of new knowledge the way
Ptolemaic dynasties had. The Library of Alexandria lost more knowledge and prominence as a university due to neglect and decay than likely it ever
had to a fire. It was little more than a shadow of it's former glory by the time of Theodosius's persecution of the pagans and the Christian
uprising. Some of the texts were ferreted away to other libraries before the Christians burned
it, and what fraction remained by 642 fell into the hands of the Islamic invaders who enshrined them in their Mosques where they helped promote
the Islamic Golden Age)
Oh, and by the way: This thread reminded me of an old PA comic.
Does anyone remember Cspanjunkie? Everyone of his vids were rmoved on purpose. One of the largest collections of fair use collection of vids that
everyone referenced and embedded.
Nothing to see here people, move along.
Instituted initially in China, now making rounds here in the US.
The trick they will use here though is the capitalist maneuver. They will make everyone have to pay for the use of any and all information they do not
Institute ownership of everything. They have already started. I believe Murdoch has said he does not want Google to be able to link to their info
unless they are paid for it. One step at a time people, that is their SOP.
I also believe the Music Industries lawsuits are only the beginning of what we are going to see.
Any online creation that they want to control will be disallowed for distribution, embedding or even referenced.
They actually do not even put it down the hole. Just make us have to pay for it and than begin suing for the shock value of it. Than voila, no more
internet for the masses. Of course we will find ways around it, but the normal users will not know.
They could care less about the knowledgeable ones. We just will not be allowed to spread it to the sheeple.
I don't trust and have never trusted any major player and commercial success (like google, youtube, gmail...) - I always keep copies of most valuable
videos and articles on my hard drive. I am thinking about recording them into video tapes and discs and printing articles and laminating them - that
is coming up very soon.
We live at a time of great struggle - technology is developing very fast and it is used for both - public good and selfish means.
I believe that even though the whole world knows that Bush is involved in 9/11, he will never be prosecuted because he and other controllers of the
system are UNTOUCHABLE.
If they will be really threatened, they will press the button and we will be flushed down the toilet in seconds all over the world (nuclear, neutron
it's even been here at ats and so since years. Try to expose conspiracies about freemasonry in the secret society forum, you will soon see freemason
moderators creat "memory holes" with you posts and threads...
I use my blackberry as my primary internet device. I do not enable Java apps without permission.Java can insert trojans and do all kinds of tracking,
theft and altering files programs. 1,000 lines of code is a very small file and will download on a slow telephone connection in a second.
PDFs are particularly suseptible to being altered.
I've noticed an increasing number of sites stating "java is not enabled. your experience will be better...blah, blah, blah.
I allowed it on one site and noticed the blue arrows depicting data transfer started going wild and everything slowed to a crawl. Even after I'd
exited the browser, data continued to be sent from my phone.
Most personal computers have java enabled. Turn it off and see how man sites ask you to turn it on.
Update your Adobe apps, anti-virus and malware. Even Mozilla has been comprimised. We are being tracked.
The good news is there are many more of us goodguys and the bad guys are losing control.
NSA, CIA, DARPA dickheads, your time is coming to an end.
I just had to S+F this one...Very important stuff at The Memory Hole. In some cases, you can even see
where past-documents posted have been altered & edited in more recent times & compare them side-by-side with the differences highlighted, even!
One thing in particular that caught my eye concerns the IRS...Particularly the
Mission Statement at the top of page 8. The emphasis in the text is my own
Mission of the Internal Revenue Service
The mission of the Internal Revenue Service is to collect the proper amount of tax revenues at the least cost to the public. To accomplish that
mission it strives to encourage and achieve the highest possible degree of voluntary compliance with the tax laws and regulations and to
conduct itself so as to warrant the highest degree of public confidence in its integrity, efficiency and fairness.
Well, to me it seems that the "conduct itself so as to warrant the highest degree of public confidence in its integrity, efficiency & fairness" part
would count as a failure...creating duress, threats & other forms of illegal coercion in people is a matter of routine to "encourage voluntary
For one thing, IRS agents have absolutely no jurisdiction to operate within the boundaries of the States...Their jurisdiction is limited to US
Districts, Possessions & Territories. Some of these jurisdictions include Washington D.C., State Land granted to the Feds (for military bases, Post
Offices, Supreme Courts & Federal Administration Buildings, housing Social Security Offices & the like) & places like Indian Reservations, Guam &
Puerto Rico (& other Territories). Yet, people who don't know these limits on jurisdiction regularly "volunteer" unknowingly to let the IRS
extend jurisdiction over them...All it takes is any verbal or written document exchanged with the IRS for them to do so. Most people do this
Originally posted by bsbray11
As you've already quoted from this link:
Google has been recruited by US intelligence agencies to help them better process and share information they gather about suspects.
Agencies such as the National Security Agency have bought servers on which Google-supplied search technology is used to process information gathered
by networks of spies around the world. ...
This is why I use the Scroogle scraper; even a cursory look around the Scroogle site will explain why I use the
One little EMP and color your flash drives gone. At least if you write to cd it might be recoverable someday.
I'm sure that only if your flash drive is plugged in and powered up at the time of EMP then it will be permanently damaged. An EMP will eventually
drain out of a static device and allow it to work again once the residual energy has dissipated.
If a device has no electricity running through it when an EMP occurs, it cannot overload it in such a way as to break it. Usually, EMP energy drains
out of a static device in seconds, but can take a few hours and in some rare cases, upto 2 weeks.
Edit to add: But obviously, writing your files to a DVD or BlueRay/HD-DVD would be the best option as stated above.
Magnetic media is a big no-no either way as they can be damaged permanently by EMP or an even weaker magnetic blast/force of some kind. This includes
3.5" standard PC hard drives, 2.5" (laptop size) portable hard drives, and old floppy-type disks.
I use 2 encrypted online storage places and an encrypted portable flash-drive for sensitive/proof material that I find/create, and keep a hard copy
(paper) of the real important stuff, hidden away from my house where no-one could possibly find them.
As for the article itself and the thread that IvanZana started about it, I noticed that the article's title is different. The article's title is
Engineers accused of coverups
Group criticized for disaster conclusions.
However the thread's title is misleading and changed:
Engineer Society Accused of 911 Cover-Ups
I dont see how you are unable to find the article since I just typed in the original title of the article (MINUS the 9/11 part) and ended finding it
no problem. of course there are slight variations in the title, (except for the addition of the misleading 9/11 part) i found it on msnbc, fox,
seattle times. As for the AP, i find that it is a pain in the butt trying to find anything in the archives, much less one article. But I did manage to
find the aritcle on other news sites no problem.
FYI, that particular article was about how engineers were hiding design FLAWS in the levees and the WTC buildings. Nothing about any of the out-there
9/11 conspiracy junk. Changing the title of an article to have it appear as something else is misleading and intellectualy dishonest.
I haven't read the entire thread, so sorry if this has already been covered.
There's a Firefox add on that will keep a copy of a web page locally. The one that I know about is called Zotero.
I haven't worked much with it, but know of some folks that love it for writing their papers.
Admirable idea. I think all ATSers should be saving, downloading, capturing web content as an automatic reflex. I tend to with any interesting video
anyway because I'm anal about storage and need an excuse for it (10 TB and counting) and I like having access to my tunes in every room.
I've only recently begun capturing screens or pages though. I started after the 'internment specialist' job vacanies at .mil were removed and the
American Police Force site went down that first day.
I'm finding 'fireshot' works well for me for screen captures and DownloadHelper although annoying has never failed me yet for video.
S&F my friend, the more of us there are its not just better web coverage but multiple copies in multiple hands convince septics....sorry I mean
And well said to whoever suggested the faraday cage. A house sized faraday cage, now that's something I wish I had the funds for.
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