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Student Develops Paper Capable of 450GB of Storage

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Abideen claims that that his Rainbow system is better than a binary storage because instead of using ones and zeros to represent data, Abideen uses geometric shapes such as squares and hexagons to represent data patterns. Color is also used in the system to represent other data elements. According to Abideen, all that's required to read the Rainbow prints is a scanner and specialized software.
http://dailytech.com/article.aspx?newsid=5052
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A scanner... woop dee doo.

But 450GB on a piece of paper?! Now that's something.
    
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Dude that is amazing!
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Holy crap.. that truly is amazing.
    
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OMG That is soo cool..
But what if the paper gets ripped or a little crumpled.. would it screw up the data or something?...
I still think that is cool..

Like in the future you could have your license and registration papers on that and the cops could just scan it when they pull you over roflz.. ^_^ although it wouldnt be too handy since in the glove compartment (where most people put those things... i think.. >_>) stuff gets all squashed..

COOL.
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The paper is not the key here, it's the sysbols. You could possibly put the symbols on different media.
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I'm glad this was brought up, but "alternative information systems" have been around for a long time. When you have multi-dimensional data compression (color, geometry, ...essentially analog) you can store titanic amounts of info. Look at the human brain. You can be hypnotized to recall, down to the last detail, any scene in your entire life. The brain is the ultimate in symbolic storage.

It's one thing to create a photo, it's another to decypher it. Imagine the latency required to recall the info.

Anyway, cool stuff maynard.
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post #8 of 30
Definitely something to look into....
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post #9 of 30
you could make it on any kind of surface. The symbols count, not the paper itself, then a scanner can understand these symbols and compile them to the hardware so it can be executed/read.
The difference between a brain and a storage device is that the hard drive will not lose data, has the brain will forget, but the brain has a extensible memory and knows his priority (sex, fun...) and could negligate secondary info, while the hard drive saves all data and doesn't care if it's a application or a text document.
    
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Wait until I fit 500 gigs on toilet paper.
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