• How would the Digital Age affect history-writing?

    We used to have archaeological records of scripts that date back to the Ancient Ages. They were written and were preserved by initial conditions or fortunate conditions that occur later after these scripts were written. Even in the Modern Age, after the advent of radio and telegraphs, cables can still be preserved and archived in paper, where they... show more
    We used to have archaeological records of scripts that date back to the Ancient Ages. They were written and were preserved by initial conditions or fortunate conditions that occur later after these scripts were written. Even in the Modern Age, after the advent of radio and telegraphs, cables can still be preserved and archived in paper, where they could be read again later for historians to write histories about that era. But in this Digital Age, information moves as bits on hard-disks or electromagnetic storage, which are relatively more fragile than data stored in, for example, papyrus scripts or hieroglyphs written on walls that date back to 4,000 BCE. Imagine the last time your computer hanged incessantly and the only way to revive it back to life was only to wipe out the data and re-install the operating system. Now assume that you're going to be a future great-man, or a leader; but if you are going to be a future leader, how would historians write this part of your life that evaporated with the rest of your old operating system? Would they just evaporate like that or are there systems in place to preserve these (if not colliding with serious security and privacy reasons) artifacts? The same goes with e-mails. I'm currently reading a biography of Mao Zedong, in which the author wrote, in detail, reproductions of Mao's cables to Stalin and other int'l parties. With communication gradually moving to e-mail (which in turn are stored in a hard-disk somewhere else in the globe), how would these communications be opened up later for history writing? To close this, I would say that there's a problem too with file formats and file systems, which could be obsolete probably even five years from now (in twenty years, .doc files would be as obsolete as WordPerfect files you used to open on a Tandy 2000 system back in the 1983's.)
    1 answer · History · 5 years ago
  • Does subsidized fuel policy indicate a richer-than-most country?

    I live in Indonesia, where the government subsidized unleaded fuel, intended for the poorer mass, and distributed via a (very popular) government-owned petroleum company. The company does also provide un-subsidized fuel, though; the price follows the global market. The price of the subsidized fuel is kept at Rp. 4.500 (roughly half a dollar) and... show more
    I live in Indonesia, where the government subsidized unleaded fuel, intended for the poorer mass, and distributed via a (very popular) government-owned petroleum company. The company does also provide un-subsidized fuel, though; the price follows the global market. The price of the subsidized fuel is kept at Rp. 4.500 (roughly half a dollar) and has never changed since 2009.
    1 answer · Economics · 6 years ago
  • How could a plane moving north catch up with Earth's rotation?

    Imagine I want to go from Bali to South Korea. The plane travels north, but as the plane travels the Earth below it rotates, too. So does the plane need to make a convex either left or right to catch up with the Earth's rotation? Or is it synchronous?
    Imagine I want to go from Bali to South Korea. The plane travels north, but as the plane travels the Earth below it rotates, too. So does the plane need to make a convex either left or right to catch up with the Earth's rotation? Or is it synchronous?
    1 answer · Physics · 6 years ago
  • How did the Chinese associate their characters with sounds?

    Just out of curiosity.
    Just out of curiosity.
    1 answer · Languages · 7 years ago
  • Should I remove my laptop batteries?

    I never use my laptop batteries at home, plugged it in just about every second it's in the house. I want to conserve battery life, should I remove them when not used? I spend a great deal of time at home.
    I never use my laptop batteries at home, plugged it in just about every second it's in the house. I want to conserve battery life, should I remove them when not used? I spend a great deal of time at home.
    5 answers · Laptops & Notebooks · 7 years ago
  • Where can I find Dutch short stories with side-by-side translation to English?

    I'm learning Dutch, the easiest way. (Please don't comment on this, as my language learning method have usually been the same throughout the years). A page like this: http://homepage.mac.com/schuffelen/prose...
    I'm learning Dutch, the easiest way. (Please don't comment on this, as my language learning method have usually been the same throughout the years). A page like this: http://homepage.mac.com/schuffelen/prose...
    1 answer · Languages · 8 years ago
  • Berapa harga variasi lampu neon biru untuk Yamaha Mio?

    Saya ingin pakai dua bar lampu neon biru di bawah jok saya tepat di samping shock absorber Yamaha Mio saya, nantinya lampu neon itu di-relay ke rem, jadinya kalo motor saya di rem lampunya nyala. Kira-kira berapa ya harganya, dan dimana tempat bagusnya untuk beli di Jakarta? Apa tukang-tukang jual yang di pinggir jalan kalau malam-malam itu bagus?
    Saya ingin pakai dua bar lampu neon biru di bawah jok saya tepat di samping shock absorber Yamaha Mio saya, nantinya lampu neon itu di-relay ke rem, jadinya kalo motor saya di rem lampunya nyala. Kira-kira berapa ya harganya, dan dimana tempat bagusnya untuk beli di Jakarta? Apa tukang-tukang jual yang di pinggir jalan kalau malam-malam itu bagus?
    2 answers · Sepeda Motor · 8 years ago
  • Lagu cinta yang bagus buat pacaran? :D?

    Jadi kasusnya gini, gue tanggal 20 besok mau 5-bulanan, nah karena gue jarang banget ngasih hadiah buat pacar gue kalo bulanan, gue pengen bikin cover lagu buat dia! :) Kira-kira lagu apa ya yang pas? Yang liriknya sesuai dan nadanya juga ga susah-susah amat dimainin. Lagu Indonesia boleh, cuma gue ama dia lebih prefer dan lebih suka lagu luar... show more
    Jadi kasusnya gini, gue tanggal 20 besok mau 5-bulanan, nah karena gue jarang banget ngasih hadiah buat pacar gue kalo bulanan, gue pengen bikin cover lagu buat dia! :) Kira-kira lagu apa ya yang pas? Yang liriknya sesuai dan nadanya juga ga susah-susah amat dimainin. Lagu Indonesia boleh, cuma gue ama dia lebih prefer dan lebih suka lagu luar sih... hehehe. Thanks :D
    8 answers · Bernyanyi · 8 years ago
  • Is this how we can reverse time?

    Okay, so according to WolframAlpha (www.wolframalpha.com), the Earth rotates East at the speed of 1674.365 km/h. Well, if one founds a way to travel to East constantly at 1674.365 km/h, he would appear as if he's reversing back to yesterday, wouldn't he? I know it's laughable, it's just a thought. :)
    Okay, so according to WolframAlpha (www.wolframalpha.com), the Earth rotates East at the speed of 1674.365 km/h. Well, if one founds a way to travel to East constantly at 1674.365 km/h, he would appear as if he's reversing back to yesterday, wouldn't he? I know it's laughable, it's just a thought. :)
    4 answers · Physics · 8 years ago
  • Where do flies go at night?

    Do they sleep or something, or they hide in trees - the point is, why are they so rarely seen at night?
    Do they sleep or something, or they hide in trees - the point is, why are they so rarely seen at night?
    5 answers · Zoology · 8 years ago
  • The glass is not empty or even half-empty if there's air filling it?

    Give me your comments.
    Give me your comments.
    10 answers · Philosophy · 8 years ago
  • Looking for complex rhythms, but NO dark melodies?

    Hm, anybody knows a good recommendation? This also goes on for those who are looking for the same thing :D Complex rhythms but NO dark melodies... only inspiring ones, such as send and receive by Tycho, or Squarepusher's Beep Street... Minimal/IDM (whatever you call it) is also acceptable guys, thanks :D
    Hm, anybody knows a good recommendation? This also goes on for those who are looking for the same thing :D Complex rhythms but NO dark melodies... only inspiring ones, such as send and receive by Tycho, or Squarepusher's Beep Street... Minimal/IDM (whatever you call it) is also acceptable guys, thanks :D
    Other - Music · 9 years ago
  • How can I make my cheeks hollow?

    I want to have hollow cheeks, how can I do that?
    I want to have hollow cheeks, how can I do that?
    8 answers · Other - Beauty & Style · 9 years ago
  • What's the original usage to the symbol '~' ?

    Because I can't seem to found what it's useful for =="
    Because I can't seem to found what it's useful for =="
    3 answers · Languages · 9 years ago
  • Can I make my wireless NIC to support WPA?

    Hi, I have this old D-Link NIC which doesn't support WPA. Now, my wireless network administrator forced the router's security to WPA, and I cannot connect to the wireless network. Can somebody please tell me how?
    Hi, I have this old D-Link NIC which doesn't support WPA. Now, my wireless network administrator forced the router's security to WPA, and I cannot connect to the wireless network. Can somebody please tell me how?
    1 answer · Computer Networking · 9 years ago
  • What's the most "monstrous" system ever built for personal use?

    Just out of curiosity, really...
    Just out of curiosity, really...
    1 answer · Other - Computers · 9 years ago
  • Would parkour increase the chances of getting arthritis?

    Well, I've been a traceur for some months now, and I'm asking this question because I'm studying the risks of being a traceur. Would parkour increase the chances of getting arthritis, especially in the old age?
    Well, I've been a traceur for some months now, and I'm asking this question because I'm studying the risks of being a traceur. Would parkour increase the chances of getting arthritis, especially in the old age?
    5 answers · Running · 9 years ago
  • How to deal with a racist girlfriend's parents?

    Well I am going out with this girl I have known for a little while. I admitted that I have a crush with her and recently she said the same thing too. We decided to be girlfriends and boyfriends, until one thing stumbles our relationship... Her parents, especially her mother, is a racist. Her mother doesn't like where my ancestors came from,... show more
    Well I am going out with this girl I have known for a little while. I admitted that I have a crush with her and recently she said the same thing too. We decided to be girlfriends and boyfriends, until one thing stumbles our relationship... Her parents, especially her mother, is a racist. Her mother doesn't like where my ancestors came from, just because it's from social image that our two races should not go steady or have a crush with each other. I'm really sad about this, I don't know where else to go. How can I make her mother fall for me and accept our relationship?
    3 answers · Singles & Dating · 9 years ago
  • Anybody know a good relevant site that can text news for free?

    I really wanted updates on the world, yet I never have the time to go online or watch the TV, so I wanted a relevant site that can text news directly as it happens to my mobile. BTW I'm living in Indonesia.
    I really wanted updates on the world, yet I never have the time to go online or watch the TV, so I wanted a relevant site that can text news directly as it happens to my mobile. BTW I'm living in Indonesia.
    1 answer · Media & Journalism · 9 years ago
  • What is the number of maximum tabs can be opened simultaneously in Chrome?

    Just out of curiosity, I've used Chrome and my maximum number of simultaneous tabs is 9. In one process, guys, not separate applications.
    Just out of curiosity, I've used Chrome and my maximum number of simultaneous tabs is 9. In one process, guys, not separate applications.
    2 answers · Programming & Design · 9 years ago