[rescue] Oh no! This poor Origin server.....

Dave McGuire mcguire at neurotica.com
Thu Apr 1 15:43:32 CST 2004

On Apr 1, 2004, at 4:38 PM, Phil Stracchino wrote:
>>>> Do they not seem to realize that there's less of a chance of getting
>>>> useful data out of a long-since powered-down DRAM chip than there is
>>>> in
>>>> getting useful data out of the microscopic impressions in the tops 
>>>> of
>>>> the desks that they gleefull rid themselves of at public auctions?
>>> It's rather scary what you can recover data from with a modern SQUID.
>>   Hard drives, yes...but DRAM cells don't store data magnetically.
> No, but I understand one can pick up quantum charge fluctuations and
> read, with some accuracy, the "last powered-on state" of a DRAM cell.

   Really??  Holy cow...how do they deal with dielectric leakage 
problems?  Over time, that charge should decay to pretty much 
nothing...and not a whole lot of time, either.

   That's a really interesting use of a SQUID.

   A physics-oriented friend of mine keeps suggesting that I build one, 
because I have an interest in proton-precession magnetometry and 
gradiometry.  Someday I hope to have that much free time.


Dave McGuire          "PC users only know two 'solutions'...
Cape Coral, FL          reboot and upgrade."    -Jonathan Patschke

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