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Submission + - Sometimes a Bug Is More Than a Nuisance (around.com)

sproketboy writes: All it took to explode the European Space Agency's 10 year and $7 billion Ariane 5 less than a minute into its maiden voyage last June, was a small computer program trying to stuff a 64-bit number into a 16-bit space.

One bug, one crash. Of all the careless lines of code recorded in the annals of computer science, this one may stand as the most devastatingly efficient. From interviews with rocketry experts and an analysis prepared for the space agency, a clear path from an arithmetic error to total destruction emerges.

Submission + - New Quartz Coin Can Store 360TB of Data for 14 Billion Years (futurism.com)

sproketboy writes: Researchers at Southamton University in the UK have developed the technique of storing data digitally using laser light. 360 terabytes of information can fit on one sliver of nanostructured quartz. The storage system, in addition to being long lasting, is also pretty safe—the quartz can withstand up to 157 degrees Celsius (350 degrees Fahrenheit).

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