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Questions tagged [data-storage]

For questions about how to store information in any form.

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What size EMP device would be necessary to wipe all data in a Google-sized server farm, without major physical damage?

I'm not sure if it's even feasible, but I have a server farm in my book, of a size that puts it on par with Google's. I want to wipe out all the data stored on the hard drives, without destroying the ...
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How many years must you have before you can become a bard? [closed]

The setting is a tribe on the edge of the Neolithic and agriculture. While this tribal group is not yet fully agricultural, there are others around who are. The 'tribe' is really a group of hundreds ...
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What I need to store culturally relevant data for a minimum for 1000 years [duplicate]

I want to write a story where the protagonists hunt down Apocalypse Repertory Caches, A.R.C.s. I had intended that A.R.C.s would be full to the brim with information: farming, medicine, civics, ...
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Long Term Zircon Data Storage

Question How can Zircon be used to record data for generations of life forms? Requirements Must be able to store the data with little to no loss of it, for a least 541 million years The data in the ...
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Write once perpetual storage, is such a thing possible?

Is it possible, with modern, or easily foreseeable technology, to build a compact digital data storage device that cannot be erased without removing the data store? The storage in question to be used ...
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How would an alien civilization realistically monitor earth?

If a Kardashev Type III alien civilization wanted to monitor the earth (and its inhabitants' progress) via a satellite/orbiting object, how would they realistically transmit data from this object? ...
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Can data be sent using Gravitational Waves across solar systems?

According to wiki, The speed of gravitational waves in the general theory of relativity is equal to the speed of light in a vacuum Not bad enough to send data (message or information) to other ...
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Prehistoric messages to the future

I'm one of the test subjects for a new device, capable of sending an individual back to any point in history. I've been told that - due to certain problems with the process - I'll arrive naked, and so ...
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Data Storage and Access during a Slow Apocalypse

The end when it came, came slowly... cracks slowly appeared in the world's economy as the endless quarterly search for increases in growth started running against the hard limits of the world's actual ...
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Transporting/storing information within the human body (other than brain)

This is for a science fiction story I'm writing. Are there ways to transport information like a book, or a computer program, within the human body (not in the brain)? Say, by storing the information ...
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How to manage world building information?

You've gone through the process of world building and generated scads of information from important Universal Forces to interesting tidbits of local history. What methods of storing world building ...
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Can Crystals be used to store data?

In many science fiction stories, crystals where used by ancient alien civilisations to store information that could last millions of years. For example, in Stargate, "control crystals" that looked ...