I have got data from when 5MB H/Ds were introduced ON TAPE, written with tar that is still readable. Good luck reading your ST506 interface H/Ds written with DOS 4.2.
OTOH, I have read tapes after 30 years. If long term storage is what you want, the LTOx is the answer. Make multiple tapes and put them in different places (countries, continents).
The equivalent for Andoid is to require the boot loader to be unlocked for free if there is no free availability of security updates. Then you can use the ROM of your choice. It is open source, so people can, and probably will, fix bugs if there is still a significant user base*. If not unlocked, then Google or the manufacturer is wilfully converting the phone landfill, and should be billed accordingly.
Clearly, this needs to be a legal right. There is a remote chance of this in Europe, but probably none in the USA - there are no consumer rights in the land of the free.
* I would argue that the source (and data sheet) for device drivers should be compulsorily released to public domain where the hardware manufacturer is not maintaining them.
We do not need any more landfill.
I have two Android phones, one running the latest software available for it - the other, CM. I also use two Nokias that are 5 and 8 years old. My computer has been regulary upgraded, but is, in the vewi of most of my family, over 10 years old (runs Linux Mint). If Android phones have a very short life, I wont be buying more of them, considering the extremely high price.
If Google do not address security risks, then their market share means this is a National Security Risk and I expect my government to act - using RPGs and nuking from high orbit if required.
And so could the handset manufacturers.
This is going to be so big, the lawyers wont bother laughing all the way to the bank - the banks will come to them.
Nothing new here. Move along please.
Some people just don't want to watch Hollywood stuff or the Bellisario family products, or sport. It seems there isn't much else, and if there is, its in plain old PAL anyway.
You are free to work at Disney without a vaccination, but if you infect a bunch of kids, you agree to indemnify Disney against the inevitable lawsuits for tens of thousands of wrongful deaths, when those you infect, go on to infect other unvaccinated morons across the world.
You are the classic moron. There may be no mass extinction from measles right now, but before there was vaccination, huge numbers of people died or were permanently damaged by it annually.
You are relatively safe for the monent, because the vast majority of people are vaccinated, even in developing countries, except where stupid CIA trickery has discredited the health profession. Don't expect that to last if you manage to persuade many people with your stupid ideas.
That probably puts large parts of the UK in the 3rd world category.
Perhaps Obama should declare war on SQL injection?