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(Humans Invent)   We are now using bacteria to build hard drives   (humansinvent.com) divider line 21
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2012-11-01 12:23:49 PM  
However, one thing that still needs to get smaller, if computers are going to be able to deal with ever increasingly sophisticated devices that eat up memory, is the hard drive.

*teeth start grinding*
 
2012-11-01 01:04:54 PM  
Gives new meaning to the phrase, "memory dump".
 
2012-11-01 01:26:10 PM  
I laid a three TB this morning.
 
2012-11-01 01:48:15 PM  
About time the little buggers were put to work.
 
2012-11-01 01:57:21 PM  
Well, it was nice knowing you all.
 
2012-11-01 02:05:28 PM  

Nurglitch: About time the little buggers were put to work.


Word for word, exactly what I came here to post.
 
2012-11-01 02:13:25 PM  
FTFA:

"A group of scientists from Leeds, led by Sarah Staniland, have been extracting the protein, Mms6, from the bacteria in order to harness its capability for turning iron into magnetite."

// So proud
 
2012-11-01 02:37:31 PM  
images.bestbuy.com

I thought only black female best buy employees built hardrives.
 
2012-11-01 03:28:10 PM  
I'll keep a bottle of antibacterial soap away from my hard drive for now on.
 
2012-11-01 03:39:23 PM  
going to give new meaning to "my hard drive died".
 
2012-11-01 03:46:42 PM  
This is only relevant to server / desktop interests. Our mobile and semi-mobile devices are going more and more to solid state storage. Spinning a disk eats up battery life.
 
2012-11-01 03:57:47 PM  
Wait.. I read this book. "Prey" by Michael Crichton, right? I recall it didn't go so well.
 
2012-11-01 04:20:32 PM  
The more living the hard drive the greater the machine-spirit within.

I think the Omnissiah would approve.
 
2012-11-01 05:46:56 PM  

wildcardjack: This is only relevant to server / desktop interests. Our mobile and semi-mobile devices are going more and more to solid state storage. Spinning a disk eats up battery life.


It's actually sorta a tie. you can spend lots of power some of the time whenever you need the disk, or you can spend some power all the time if you have an SSD.

/SSD's are just WAY faster.
 
2012-11-01 06:00:47 PM  
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2012-11-01 06:28:44 PM  

meyerkev: wildcardjack: This is only relevant to server / desktop interests. Our mobile and semi-mobile devices are going more and more to solid state storage. Spinning a disk eats up battery life.

It's actually sorta a tie. you can spend lots of power some of the time whenever you need the disk, or you can spend some power all the time if you have an SSD.

/SSD's are just WAY faster.


SSDs are flash RAM, so I don't think that they use much power except when you are writing to them, just enough to keep the controller board alive.
 
2012-11-01 08:47:18 PM  

KarmicDisaster: meyerkev: wildcardjack: This is only relevant to server / desktop interests. Our mobile and semi-mobile devices are going more and more to solid state storage. Spinning a disk eats up battery life.

It's actually sorta a tie. you can spend lots of power some of the time whenever you need the disk, or you can spend some power all the time if you have an SSD.

/SSD's are just WAY faster.

SSDs are flash RAM, so I don't think that they use much power except when you are writing to them, just enough to keep the controller board alive.


Rams are WAY larger than bacteria though. Don't they use a lot of energy? Especially with all that headbutting they do. And they poop too. Bacteria poop, but its not like you gotta put diapers on them when you take them down to the coffeehouse to work on your latest future novel.

Spinning bacteria disks or pooping rams, I know which I"d favor.

/off to write Piers Anthony, he'd appreciate the image
 
2012-11-01 10:26:01 PM  
Iron-using bacteria make little regular sized particles of magnetite.

Grow bacteria, extract particles. Profit.
 
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2012-11-02 12:40:00 AM  
I knew lowering my mask and sneezing all over the wafers while working at MEMC was going to pay off someday!
 
2012-11-02 10:18:58 AM  
If Star Trek: Voyager taught me anything, its that the biogel packs are NOT worth the trouble they cause.

Those things were malfunctioning every other episode.
 
2012-11-03 04:38:49 AM  
I bet PETA is preparing a campaign to educate the public about the need to free the little oppressed enslaved bacteria.
 
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