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A possible future for permanent storage.

"Microsoft and Warner Bros. have collaborated to successfully store and retrieve the entire 1978 iconic “Superman” movie on a piece of glass roughly the size of a drink coaster, 75 by 75 by 2 millimeters thick."

news.microsoft.com/innovation-

@sohkamyung Except that glass isn't very permanent. But it figures that Microsoft would claim it is. They're used to things breaking.

@xmanmonk They use quartz glass. According to the article:

"Unlike fragile wine glasses or light bulbs, the squares of quartz glass used for data storage are surprisingly hard to destroy. Early on, the research team tried baking one in an oven at 500 degrees, microwaving, boiling it, scouring it with steel wool. And when they read the data back, it was all still there."

@dadegroot They use quartz glass. According to the article:

"Unlike fragile wine glasses or light bulbs, the squares of quartz glass used for data storage are surprisingly hard to destroy. Early on, the research team tried baking one in an oven at 500 degrees, microwaving, boiling it, scouring it with steel wool. And when they read the data back, it was all still there."

@dadegroot
@sohkamyung
There are many kinds of glass</mdp>
The standard window glass is a poor choice if you want to use it for something durable. But just add some boronoxide and you get something much harder. Change the composition a bit, add some tempering and you get the tough gorillaglass that make your cellphone survive a drop.
And then there is of course transparent aluminium(AlON), which is almost as hard as diamond, but much less brittle.

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