Linked by weildish on Tue 9th Dec 2008 16:49 UTC
Databases In an almost indiscernible and confusing article filled with various scientific terms that most cringe to hear, it was described how in October of 2008 scientists successfully stored and retrieved data on the nucleus of an atom-- and all for two short lived seconds. With this new type of storage, a traditional bit can now be both zero and one at the same time, but in order to understand just how this is possible, translate the article linked above to plain English. Data integrity returns after two seconds at 90% and storage is obviously impermanent, so there are many kinks to work out before atomic storage actually serves a purpose, but give these scientists a couple of decades, and it's theoretical that we'll one day have nuclear drives the size of USB drives today (or MicroSD cards, or why not even specs of dust?) that can hold hundreds of terabytes-- even pentabytes-- of information.
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RE: Why not specs of dust?
by sbergman27 on Tue 9th Dec 2008 18:05 UTC in reply to "Why not specs of dust?"
sbergman27
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And you thought data loss was a problem at the moment.

Reminds me of an old episode of "Maude" with Bea Arthur. It was Mrs. Naugatuck's (the housekeeper's) first day on the job and she found a jar that was just "full of some old dust", so she flushed it down the toilet. She mentioned it to Maude, who replied, in that marvelously dry tone that only Bea Arthur can summon, "That was my 2nd husband".

Edited 2008-12-09 18:11 UTC

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