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The European Commission has flung £6m at a new digital archive for storing public and private sector data generated by European nations. Dubbed E-ARK, which stands for European Archival Records and Knowledge Preservation, the new system will set a "gold standard" for the hoarding of old and new information. E-ARK is a future- …

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the year is two thousand and 1984

Minitruth is established.

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Now then "Citizen" careful what you say here...

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Middelfart

I can't see how that name is unfortunate. In Danish the meaning is roughly "Middle seafaring" and alludes to the fact that there used to be ferry services from Middelfart to Jutland. Now there's a bridge, but you do pass Middelfart if you go from the island Fyn to Jutland. "Fart" can also mean movement or speed in general, so there is a joke that goes like this: "Q: Why are there so many speeding tickets between Odense and Fredericia? A: Because you have to go over Middelfart." (middle speed).

By the same reasoning you call Middelfart unfortunate, Middlesex is downright disastrous.

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If there were an English town called By Af Prutter you'd find that amusing, not so? I agree with you about Middlesex too... I should probably grow up, but IMHO sex is funny, and so are farts.

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You could try a few British locations

Brown Willy

Great Cockup

Crapstone

Happy Bottom

Scratchy Bottom

Shitterton

and many, many more.....

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I've been up Brown Willy. Part of me hoped no-one would see me.

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Heehee... Backside in Aberdeenshire....

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It amuses Germans to wish their English guests a safe journey: "gute Fahrt".

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No, they just find it embarassing when drunk Z-List celebs come on German chat shows and make Fahrt jokes (yes, I'm looking at you Pink!)

She was totally wasted and it was the first time I've seen a presenter (Stefan Raab) looking at the floor producer with a begging look for him to jump to commercial.

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I should probably grow up, but IMHO sex is funny, and so are farts."

Not if you're in the same room.

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May I contribute to the degradation of Jude's Friday productivity with Wangqing and Fuxing ... both towns in Jilin Province?

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You are forgetting the village of F*cking in Austria, which is getting tired of juvenile tourists stealing the village sign!

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> You are forgetting the village of F*cking in Austria

Last I checked it was spelled with an 'u'.

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Obligatory HHGTTG reference

What happened to A-ARK to D-ARK?

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Re: Obligatory HHGTTG reference

Hopefully they are filling up the B-Ark with bankers at the moment...

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Not really, we can leave Jamie Dimon and Lloyd Blankfein to be eaten by the enormous mutant star goat.

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Data

We can still read ancient Egyptian scrolls after thousands of years. Because a scroll can just sit in a cave all that time. Not so digital data. It requires a digital infrastructure to exist always, and constant trans-coding due to technology advances. Even if you just lobbed a thumb drive into a tomb, would the machines to read it be around after 1000 yrs?

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Jim 59 raises a very interesting issue. 30+ years ago I was archiving stuff on to 1600 BPI tape. Two years ago I found my old tapes and attempted to read them The best I could do was pay a data recovery company a small fortune. Frankly, my old Fortran and PL/1 code was not worth that so I junked them.

20 years ago I was installed DEC kit with SCSI arrays using 2GB disks. Top of the range then. Now I could not even boot Windows on to 2GB. I would struggle to find an interface card to to read handle DEC's specific implementation these days.

Disks don't last forever, even tapes have to be refreshed.

I wonder how long they think the e-Ark will last?

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And I thought Middelfart was...

...the explosive decoupling of a turd into turd-turd.

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Nominative Determinism

Spokesperson for a continent-spanning project to future-proof data mining : Dr Delve.

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Similarly, if you know any Danish..

Grimsby becomes a description the inhabitants may not appreciate.

("Grim by" being ugly town). That said, it was apparently founded by a man from Denmark called Grim. Being called ugly is even more unfortunate.

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"Dr Delve?"

You can't make this up.

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REALLY unfortunate Danish town names

There are some towns in Denmark that even the locals find embarrassing: Tarm (intestine, though originally used for any long and narrow passage), Hørmested (smelly place, origin probably from "horn"), Bøvl (trouble, originally "bend"), and Lem (member, originally "barrow place").

Then there are some that are just mildly funny, such as Sengeløse (without beds), Springforbi (jump past), Tappernøje (taps liquid precisely), Bagsværd (back sword, though originally back sward) and Middelfart (middle speed, originally middle ferry passage), though we can see why some English speakers find that name a bit embarrassing.

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Would be better, and possible more accurate, if it was called the Knowledge Records Archive, and Preservation In Europe, or KRAPIE for short.

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