Wireless Space Library?

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  1. darksidZz Valued Senior Member

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    I had this idea about the USA government putting up into space a giant satellite containing all the worlds knowledge, including a wireless transmitter that anyone could connect to using modern means. This massive database would be only accurate facts and immune to destruction by weather, disaster, etc. We could call it Satepedia?

    What say you!
     
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  3. phlogistician Banned Banned

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    Immune to destruction,... apart from by micro-meteorites, and orbital decay. But what's the point? If things are screwed down here so as to affect the Internet sources already available, why do you think we're going to have power still, and use it to look up a few facts, rather than deal with the emergency that caused the terrestrial problems?

    'anyone could connect to' yeah, using a satellite phone, have you checked how crappy the bandwidth for data is on satellite phones? Have you not also realised you'd need a constellation of satellites to cover the Earth?

    Who is going to pay for this? Why would they?
     
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  5. cosmictraveler Be kind to yourself always. Valued Senior Member

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    Only one source for all of Earths knowledge? Who will be in charge of what is going to put into this computer and who will have access to changing what it contains? As we know anything can be hacked and altered so what's to prevent someone to alter the course of human history or who invented what and when? :shrug: Having only one source of knowledge will lead to many problems so I'd be against such a thing but would like to have multiple computers to cross reference anything as well as a library of real books with pages that can't easily be tampered with. The Library Of Congress is something like that and anyone today can use it.

    http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&sour...3LC5Bw&usg=AFQjCNF4EVEUaK-TIJKq5J-c0W-beMcJoA
     
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  7. Rhaedas Valued Senior Member

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    Redundancy is far better than any single source as far as protection from tampering or malfunction. And while it's not perfect by any means, the current internet along with older systems of reference do just that, provide multiple levels of validation and protection from alteration or falsehood.

    Accurate facts are only as good as how well they can be verified. Just because a fact is in a super secure vault doesn't mean it's true...better to be able to have lots of confirmations of that fact from different sources.
     
  8. phlogistician Banned Banned

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    The tech spec for milnet was of course that it had to be 'scale free', ie, a series of interconnects varying is size, avoiding hub and spoke topologies, so routes would persist even if major conduits became inactive.

    Indeed. Just take MS Encarta. MS had to apologise for a few bits of content that were not fact checked adequately.
     
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