It is hell.
Work offered to buy us a laptop. But I don't FUCKING know which one to get. All of the suggestions this far either do not fit our aesthetic goals or do not fit our price goals (sub-1k) or do not fit our performance goals. Or have weird fucking issues.
What I haven't seen thusfar is an assessment of the types of bit rot on storage mediums. What form does bitrot take? Literally nobody knows
LDPC is actually perfect because it gets as close to the Shannon limit as is possible (there's still room for improvement)
To expand on that last point: The pinnacle of anti-corruption software consists of both turbo encoding and LDPC encodings. But the problem with that is if you have a huge single chunk of the data wiped out, those codes fail. They're designed for variable errors in a bitstream, if someone runs a pin down a strip of the magnetic tape or whatever you're using, you're stuffed
And because each individual byte only contains a blisteringly small part of the overall structure, it's resilient to certain types of corruption (There is actually no 'one size fit all' corruption mechanisms)
This is why plain text is actually the best *in general*. Although corruption is difficult to spot, it's blisteringly easy to repair by hand because our entire mind is built to recover context from partial-context situations
23. Trans / Poly / Pan-Lesbian / Plural / Apparently Ace / Disabled
Won't put up with bullshit from Nazis, Racists, etc.
New headmate for someone you probably know.