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    A Million-Year Hard Disk

    "Pity the builders of nuclear waste repositories. They have to preserve records of what they've buried and where, not for a few years but for tens of thousands of years, perhaps even millions. Trouble is, no current storage medium lasts that long. Today, Patrick Charton of the French nuclear waste management agency ANDRA presented one possible solution to the problem: a sapphire disk inside which information is engraved using platinum. The prototype shown costs €25,000 to make, but Charton says it will survive for a million years. The aim, Charton says, is to provide 'information for future archaeologists.' But, he concedes: 'We have no idea what language to write it in.'"
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    We have no idea what language to write it in.'"
    Why not a multitude of languages? A more advanced Rosetta stone.

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    It doesn't really matter what language they write it in. If there's enough of it, linguists will be able to figure it out. English would be the obvious choice.

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    According to some dreamers the obvious choice would be old-german in runic letters ... just in case the Reichsflugscheiben from Neuschwabenland or Aldebaran or th dark side of the moon will return ... someday ....

    If its possible to make such a hard disc it would be obvious to put as many languages and pictograms on it as possible. Especially pictograms will be useful. As we have seen from the depictions in the tombs of the pharaos.

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    Why not shoot it into the sun ? There it can do no harm, and it is a definitely final solution
    There won't be humans in 500 years. Enough people choke themselves when they jerk off we gave it a name. We ain't a species made to last.

    Judging by it´s name common sense must once have been a pretty common thing. When and why did that change, so it became the rare treasure it is today???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Feyn View Post
    Why not shoot it into the sun ? There it can do no harm, and it is a definitely final solution
    Shoot nuclear waste into the sun? What if the launch fails?

    Could get messy.

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    You could devise safety precautions for that. A black box for example is designed to withstand an airplane crash, so it should be possible to do something similar for a rocket. My idea would be that if something goes wrong it exits the rocket on a parachute and comes down. Should it blow it gets a hull like those black boxes get to withstand the explosion, and then sail down. I admit that it is quite expensive, but sure as HEL not as expensive as having to take care of it for milllions of years
    There won't be humans in 500 years. Enough people choke themselves when they jerk off we gave it a name. We ain't a species made to last.

    Judging by it´s name common sense must once have been a pretty common thing. When and why did that change, so it became the rare treasure it is today???

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    I thought nuclear waste was really heavy and logistically too expensive to blast off into space.

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    I wonder what happens if you hurled a barrel of nuclear waste into lava...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Feyn
    I admit that it is quite expensive, but sure as HEL not as expensive as having to take care of it for milllions of years
    We don't have to take care of the nuclear waste for million of years, the mechanisms are passive. It would be impossible for humans to guard it.

    I recommend this Finnish documentary http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Into_Eternity_(film)

    The director and narrator is annoying, so don't mind him. The Finns are building a massive underground waste deposit, inside granite mountain. When it's filled up they close the entrance with concrete. Some of the people working with it hope that the site gets forgotten, but others argue they should build something so people will be afraid of the area. Problem is that we need lots more of these deposits, and there's not much stopping determined industrial nations to be able to dig into the deposits in for example war to get out material later.

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    We have no idea what language to write it in.

    Find a way to encode it mathematically; mathematical ideation is universal.

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