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The Register has an informative article : Why data storage technology is pretty much PERFECT.

Although much useful information is contained there, my favourite part is:

The degree of perfection achieved by error-correction systems is remarkable even by the standards of technology. I suspect this is because the theory of error correction is so specialised and arcane that politicians and beancounters have either never heard of it or daren’t mess with it and it is left to people who know what they are doing.

In contrast, anyone can understand water flowing in a pipe and that is why our drinking water system is in such a shambles – with much of it running to waste through leaks.

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