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April 25, 2017

Torching the Modern-Day Library of Alexandria

Somewhere at Google there is a database containing 25-million books and nobody is allowed to read them.
It’s like that scene at the end of the first Indiana Jones movie where they put the Ark of the Covenant back on a shelf somewhere, lost in the chaos of a vast warehouse. It’s there. The books are there. People have been trying to build a library like this for ages—to do so, they’ve said, would be to erect one of the great humanitarian artifacts of all time—and here we’ve done the work to make it real and we were about to give it to the world and now, instead, it’s 50 or 60 petabytes on disk, and the only people who can see it are half a dozen engineers on the project who happen to have access because they’re the ones responsible for locking it up. - The Atlantic

Posted by gerardvanderleun at April 25, 2017 11:01 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

Your Say

Save the hard copy!

Posted by: Fausta at April 25, 2017 12:58 PM

When it will produce maximum return on investment, Google will make it accessible and hype the hell out of it.

Posted by: BillH at April 25, 2017 1:15 PM

The article is too long and needs a real editor. Bottom line is as usual LAWYERS (including Judges) are deal killers. Finally GOOGLE does something right and idiot lawyers, judges screw the pooch.

Dan Kurt

Posted by: Dan Kurt at April 25, 2017 5:39 PM

Is it true that google is selling your search history to anybody that pays the minimal fee?

Posted by: ghostsniper at April 25, 2017 5:51 PM

And with a single EMP device in the right place, we are all sent back to the Dark Ages ... especially, if the hard copies are destroyed somewhere along the way. This is the reason why I still buy physical books of substance.

Google is a really bad thing just waiting to happen. The day will come when the entire world will ask itself why it allowed itself to fall prey to this High Tech Ma Bell.

Posted by: edaddy at April 25, 2017 6:01 PM

re: "if the hard copies are destroyed somewhere along the way." edaddy

Most of the Books in HARD COPY are self destructing because they were printed on Acid Paper which self destructs (lignin, sulfur dioxide from atmosphere, no alkaline reserve, and vulnerability to light). Google's e-copies are a Godsend for preservation of the knowledge in the deteriorating books. Even books printed on alkaline paper have only a, at best, ten times longer expected life span of up to 1,000 years.

Dan Kurt

Posted by: Dan Kurt at April 26, 2017 3:56 PM

Ghost, they've done it for years.
try https://ixquick.com/
uses google and strips out the identifiers.

Posted by: Bill Jones at April 26, 2017 6:27 PM

Startpage.com. Doesn't save your data.

Posted by: pbird at April 27, 2017 8:19 AM

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