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Old January 30th, 2009, 08:22 AM
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now this is storage density: http://news-service.stanford.edu/new...ll-012809.html

I think worrying about computer memory even a generation ahead is complete nonsense at this point - it will be essentially unlimited and still get lost in the sofa cushions.
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Wow, nice article. Rather interesting too.
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Default 250 DVDs in a Quarter-Sized Device -- Coming Soon?

along that line:

http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local...ming-Soon.html

yep - sorry honey, I lost our movie library in the sofa cushions...

For Traveller, any TL9+ device has unlimited storage. I think the T5 may even indicate that, I vaguely recall something to that effect. But imagine, you could have the Library of Congress in a DB sitting on your watch, err, hand computer.

The original tricorders from Star Trek had library disks. The hero versions of the tricorders could actually release the one to the far right (there was a lever to release it; the others were simply a rolled aluminum tube with grooves cut in to appear to be individual disks). Too bad we never actually saw them get used, but the potential was there (until the props master finally glued them in, apparently they kept falling out and getting lost)
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You might be able to physically have practically unlimited storage but do you really think marketing and sales is going to let that one on the store shelves?

"So, let me get this straight. If the customer buys the new storage device R&D came up with they'll never have to buy another storage device, ever? And this makes us money how??"
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You might be able to physically have practically unlimited storage but do you really think marketing and sales is going to let that one on the store shelves?

"So, let me get this straight. If the customer buys the new storage device R&D came up with they'll never have to buy another storage device, ever? And this makes us money how??"
remember the sofa cushions...

and if they are read only, then for new stuff you would have to get the latest.

and 11,000 worlds...well, there's always a new market.

that's also the reason there's such a big negative push for universal cell phone chargers from the phone makers: various companies make a lot of money selling these things, and if there was only a standard connection, there would be a lot less competition. The end users (us) want a standard, the companies selling them obviously don't.

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Don't forget Parkinson's Law of Data:

"Data expands to fill the space available for storage"
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