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Where do all good deleted data go?

It takes just a touch of a button to consign once-valued words and figures to virtual oblivion. If you think this is cruel and heartless, a Buddhist monk in Japan has established a virtual Information Temple. S. Ishiko, the chief priest, will take applications to have memorial services performed for not only deleted data (whether intentional or not) but also "lost" data. He also offers spiritual counseling at his Internet site:


(Anonymous; "Feedback," New Scientist, p. 104, June 7, 1997.)

From Science Frontiers #113, SEP-OCT 1997. 1997-2000 William R. Corliss