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Optical storage lasts 14 billion years?

Posted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 10:35 am
by zahal
That is what Arch claims:

https://archmission.org/

A tiny plastic optical disk the size of a half dollar able to store 360 terabytes and last 14 billion years. I'd buy that for a dollar!!

Re: Optical storage lasts 14 billion years?

Posted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:58 am
by ClassicHasClass
Boy, don't scratch it. You'd wipe out an entire civilization.

Re: Optical storage lasts 14 billion years?

Posted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 12:12 pm
by uunix
Much better than those fscking seagate drives that last random() years{months].

Re: Optical storage lasts 14 billion years?

Posted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 1:00 am
by spiroyster
:shock: 14 billion,.. why 14 billion? why not say 15 billion, or even 13.9 billion... thats only a million years less...which is like nothing when we talk about lengths of time 3x greater than the age of the planet. :lol:

Think I might want to see some examples and logevity tests before I commit my dollar o.0

Sad thing is, the way the interwebs is going 360TB probably won't be enough in 14 years, let alone....14 gazillion... still those are nice big numbers with lots of zeros which always look good and fit in this sensationalised world that we live in.

Re: Optical storage lasts 14 billion years?

Posted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 7:34 am
by skywriter
Lol, that’s the stupidest thing I’ve seen yet this year. Not even a good scam.

Re: Optical storage lasts 14 billion years?

Posted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 5:10 pm
by Krokodil
What you really want for long term archival purposes is M-DISC. It's like carving your data into a stone disk.

Re: Optical storage lasts 14 billion years?

Posted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 6:35 pm
by ClassicHasClass
That newfangled cuneiform clay tablet format seems to last a damn long time.

Re: Optical storage lasts 14 billion years?

Posted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 6:52 am
by ScutBoy
Entropy is still a bitch.

Re: Optical storage lasts 14 billion years?

Posted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 7:23 am
by Irinikus
The storage medium might be able to last "14 billion years" so they say, but the technology required to read it certainly won't.

If you were to use such a technology to store graphical information in an extremely high density microfiche type format, that would help to store information for long periods and it should be easily accessible in the future, even if our society fails. (The Sumerian tablets of the future)

A picture speaks a thousand words, so they say!

Re: Optical storage lasts 14 billion years?

Posted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 9:27 am
by ScutBoy
The wheel turns...

emoticons.jpg

Re: Optical storage lasts 14 billion years?

Posted: Fri Feb 16, 2018 8:32 pm
by pentium
Wake me up when they are talking about Magneto Optical again.

Re: Optical storage lasts 14 billion years?

Posted: Sat Feb 24, 2018 2:46 pm
by skywriter
FWIW, investigated many optical technologies over the years. None proved out as anything more applicable than storage for ‘entertainment’. They were either much too slow, too low capacity, or much more expensive per bit than ‘spinning rust’ - as we used to say...

Re: Optical storage lasts 14 billion years?

Posted: Sat Feb 24, 2018 9:02 pm
by vishnu
Cue Carl Sagan... :lol: