We are to believe that patch could hold the difference between basically full vacuum and one Earth atmosphere air pressure.
Note that a standard bicycle tire is inflated to 2+ atmosphere net pressure. As high as nine atmospheres for racing tires. A one atmosphere pressure differential isn't really all that big in the Real World (tm).
And consider a one inch (2.5cm) diameter hole. Slap ducttape onto it and try to push your finger through the hole (from the side with the tape to the side without. One atmosphere net pressure implies, by the by, about 11 pounds of actual force across the total area of the hole. Think the ducttape will push through if you do a ten pound push? Or even a 15# push? Guess again....
Would the ducttape provide an airtight seal? Doubt it, but not completely impossible. Is it strong enough to handle a one atmosphere differential? For a small hole, easily.
What, your life is much worse over the last several decades?
Interesting. Everyone else i know is better off than they were 30 years ago.
Which doesn't mean that cutting corporate taxes is a good thing, but it's hard to find evidence it's made everyone's lives worse....
You will lose an important tape file.