This story piqued my interest enough to call the number and hear the Sounds of a dying glacier. I have no idea if it was mixed sounds or distortion but the high pitched almost data-like noise, mixed with the similarity of a toilet refilling had me surprised. I had assumed glaciers fade out in drips, with the occasional crack and groan but I guess I was wrong. Funny how perceptions do that.
I installed Safari and must admit, it’s screamingly fast. I don’t like not being able to click a bar to get an instant tab but I guess like all things, it takes getting used to. I’m not prepared to have it as my main browser at this point – we’ll have to see how much use it gets from me. What’s up with the website though? most of the ‘features’ it’s touting are available with other browsers and (for me) done better; again, personal choice.
Part of This story took me back, with the knowledge that the discussion on storage is feasible today. I like being who I am, but the thought of possibly being able to store all of my processing elements within a chip/drive/diamond, makes me hopeful for a longer future. I have no intention on leaving this life just yet and completely welcome ways to preserve or extend it. This is the quote linked to Slashdot, that got me initially excited:
“10Tb is an interesting number. That’s a megabit for every second in a year, there are roughly 10 million seconds per year. That’s enough to store a live DivX video stream, compressed a lot relative to a DVD, but the same overall resolution, of everything I look at for a year, including time I spend sleeping, or in the bathroom. Realistically, with multiplexing, it puts three or four video channels and a sound channel and other telemetry, a heart monitor, say, a running GPS/Galileo location signal, everything I type and every mouse event I send, onto that chip, while I’m awake. All the time. It’s a life log; replay it and you’ve got a journal file for my life. Ten euros a year in 2027, or maybe a thousand euros a year in 2017. (Cheaper if we use those pesky rotating hard disks, it’s actually about five thousand euros if we want to do this right now.) “