[rescue] cd-rom rot

Jonathan Patschke jp at celestrion.net
Sat Feb 22 11:31:32 CST 2020

On Sat, 22 Feb 2020, Robert Toegel wrote:

> The story was that the more modern chips were much denser so a cosmic
> rays striking a newer chip would more likely change something than would
> happen in a 486.  Just wondered if the same logic applied to floppies
> all else being the same (not cosmic rays but just random noise or loss
> of magnetism).

There's absolutely an analogue (coercivity vs remanence).  The mechanical
and EM constraints on the design of magnetic media system make me marvel
that any of it works at all.

Jonathan Patschke   |   "The more you mess with it, the more you're
Austin, TX          |    going to *have* to mess with it."
USA                 |                            --Gearhead Proverb

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