[rescue] cd-rom rot

Phil Stracchino phils at caerllewys.net
Thu Feb 20 15:28:39 CST 2020

On 2020-02-20 16:23, Lionel Peterson wrote:
> Myriad options are available to 'read' paper tape, from a handful of light
> sensors in a row on a breadboard to simply scanning the tape on a scanner.
> I think tape carts and reel tapes are pretty robust (not permanent, but
> long-lasting). And as I understand it, the IRS has a facility with numerous
> models of tape drives to read various formats as needed. (Luckily, business
> only need to retain corporate data for relatively short periods, for tax
> purposes - record retention requirements for other reasons can Be much
> longer).

The NSA actually still uses special tamper-resistant paper-tape carts
and readers for key exchange.

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