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Comment Re:doesnt matter to me (Score 1) 857 857

Even EBCDIC will be readable in 2070. Character sets are simple substitution ciphers (albeit some with variable length characters), most of which are exceptionally well documented both electronically and in real books. Not only that, but as long as the language of interest is not mutilated beyond statistical recognition and the details of said mutilation lost in the mists of time, text of any moderate length in a character-stream format will always be readable without historical record of the encoding used. Character substitution ciphers are dead easy - elementary school kids can crack them if you can hold their interest long enough.

You could make up your own character set and never tell anyone how it works and a determined historian (at least some of whom would necessarily be passably competent with ciphers in 2070) would almost certainly crack it, at least for the letters in whatever languages you use.

Comment Re:Not a fair comparison (Score 2, Insightful) 406 406

Huh? You can't send pigeons both ways at the same time? As far as I know, you can pipeline pigeons too. I guess if you're talking about the one pigeon it's not gonna "home" both ways, but one data packet doesn't go both ways on an electronic network either.

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