The legendary personal petabytes are on the way. P2P reports that Colossal Storage’s Michael Thomas has new technology that will allow the cost of a petabyte to drop to under $800 per. Thomas predicts, among other things, that this advance would spell the end of compressed data.

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  1. There is also the inevitable slashdot thread on the “PP”, where the piranhas do a fine job picking the bones of this one clean. Personal favourite quote from the P2P article:

    Thomas is a 30-year pioneer whose projects include a computer with a 3D display, instant response, able to run every available OS and application simultaneously, virtually no power consumption or moving parts and complete security – and whose physical component is about the size of a pack of playing cards.

  2. Paul says:

    Hmmm. Maybe this odd bit of physics by some accident explains why there can’t be a personal transportable petabyte.

    In a coincidence, a veteran journalist sent me a link with this note “In 1954, scientists at the RAND corporation built a model to show what a home computer would look like in 50 years

    As Snopes (and others) explains, it is really a great entry to a fark.com photoshop contest. Fooled Scott McNealy back in 2004 though (via CNet).

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