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    Microsoft Project Silica quartz glass storage passes milestone

    Microsoft and Warner Bros have stored the Superman (1978) movie on the durable medium.
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    Re: Microsoft Project Silica quartz glass storage passes milestone

    No more floppy disks, now we have floppy glass :-)

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    Re: Microsoft Project Silica quartz glass storage passes milestone

    What happens when someone drops it and it shatters? Whats data recovery like then?

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    Re: Microsoft Project Silica quartz glass storage passes milestone

    Quote Originally Posted by Kanoe View Post
    What happens when someone drops it and it shatters? Whats data recovery like then?

    Depends on the glue you use to put it back together (just joking)
    The more you live, less you die. More you play, more you die. Isn't it great.

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    It feels like we've skewed into an alternate timeline, in which this was the next development in storage after single-burn DVDs... and in which Biff is corrupt, and powerful, and married to your mother.
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    Re: Microsoft Project Silica quartz glass storage passes milestone

    Quote Originally Posted by Kanoe View Post
    What happens when someone drops it and it shatters? Whats data recovery like then?
    Same as if someone drops a hard drive platter, big f*** off jigsaw puzzle on a miniature scale.

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    Re: Microsoft Project Silica quartz glass storage passes milestone

    Quote Originally Posted by Kanoe View Post
    What happens when someone drops it and it shatters? Whats data recovery like then?
    You could possibly use a thin film like a screen protector on the plates so that, if they do shatter, they hold together in one piece. The it'd just be a question of whether the fractures destroyed enough of these 'voxels' to prevent the built in ECC reconstructing the data.

    It's an archive medium, so it's not meant to be handled - it's meant to be put in a box and forgotten about...

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    Re: Microsoft Project Silica quartz glass storage passes milestone

    Quote Originally Posted by Ttaskmaster View Post
    It feels like we've skewed into an alternate timeline, in which this was the next development in storage after single-burn DVDs... and in which Biff is corrupt, and powerful, and married to your mother.
    Rewriteability just isn't a requirement for archiving. Density and durability are, both of which this smashes. Current long term high density archive storage media is (drum roll)... magnetic tape. So a world where dvds had already taken over tape would be a more advanced version than our own. So whatever biff does to your mother is their business!

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    Re: Microsoft Project Silica quartz glass storage passes milestone

    Quote Originally Posted by EN1R0PY View Post
    Rewriteability just isn't a requirement for archiving. Density and durability are, both of which this smashes. Current long term high density archive storage media is (drum roll)... magnetic tape. So a world where dvds had already taken over tape would be a more advanced version than our own. So whatever biff does to your mother is their business!
    Well, our data centres are all using DVDs, for addressable retrieval, and this seems equally fragile which was my point... and I'm guessing you missed the BTTF reference.
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    Re: Microsoft Project Silica quartz glass storage passes milestone

    DNA storage is way denser, and incredibly durable. Currently costs quite a lot to write though..

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    Quote Originally Posted by kalniel View Post
    DNA storage is way denser, and incredibly durable. Currently costs quite a lot to write though..
    But if you accidentally ingest the DNA storage medium, you run the risk of your data mutating you ;-)

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    But if you accidentally ingest the DNA storage medium, you run the risk of your data mutating you ;-)

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    Re: Microsoft Project Silica quartz glass storage passes milestone

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    Quote Originally Posted by kalniel View Post
    DNA storage is way denser, and incredibly durable. Currently costs quite a lot to write though..
    But if you accidentally ingest the DNA storage medium, you run the risk of your data mutating you ;-)
    You eat DNA all the time, if it was capable of mutating you I'm pretty sure you'd be doing photosynthesis by now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glyce View Post
    You eat DNA all the time, if it was capable of mutating you I'm pretty sure you'd be doing photosynthesis by now.
    Not just any old DNA... those things are DNA voxels ;-)

    Anyhow, who's to say it's not chlorophyl running through my veins?

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    Re: Microsoft Project Silica quartz glass storage passes milestone

    Quote Originally Posted by Kanoe View Post
    What happens when someone drops it and it shatters? Whats data recovery like then?
    Well hard drives don't really like bouncing either and film is sensitive to many environmental factors, there are always weaknesses.

    The archive solution is to store multiple copies in different locations as they do already.

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