Alrenous: Link. Easier to get to here, but link is liable to rot.
Lucklucky: Huh? Think before you post. Democracy is something that came with culture. Saddam was supported by Soviets, not Brits or US, so read your history books first.
Corey: The West’s been meddling in Iraq since the early 1900s. Had the Brits and US not regime-changed Iraq decades ago and put in Saddam and kept subverting actual democracy, Iraq would have slowly become secular. But gotta get them resources, don’t we?
Corey: Seems Heinlein’s fallen prey to the usual misinterpretations of use, labour and exchange value.
Ross: Maybe seven D’s? Add ‘disintermediation ’ (e.g. Uber, AirBnB). It’s all fun and games until somebody reads Trillions (Lucas et al.).
Mike in Boston: If you don’t like VirtualBox, a different sort of solution is the Rosetta Disk: a three-inch nickel disk with text spiraling down from a visible size to nanoscale. With a good enough optical microscope, thirty thousand pages can be read from it.
Bill: Frank Herbert gave us a taste of what will happen in Heretics of Dune. Imagine an organization that has been around for millennia! Formats from cuneiform to flash cards to Other Memory. The solution: mentat Archivists. Clay tablets are actually pretty good storage, as long as the language isn’t lost. For us, though, once the lights go out, we’ll lose everything.
Slovenian Guest: Makes me think of the Secret History of Silicon Valley YouTube video: In this lecture, renowned serial entrepreneur Steve Blank presents how the roots of Silicon Valley sprang not from the later development of the silicon semiconductor but instead from the earlier technology duel over the skies of Germany. The world was forever changed when the Defense Department, CIA and the National Security Agency acted like today’s venture capitalists funding this first wave of...