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Slashdot | Secure Data Storage… On Your Fingernails

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Slashdot has a story up, which has naturally taken down the original source web site as of this posting, covering developments in the storage of computer digits… digits… get it? Lame, moving on.

By irradiating a fingernail with “femtosecond laser pulses” they claim to be able to store 5 mega bits (note: BITS not bytes). The procedure is said to last 6 months which is the average time it takes to grow an entirely new nail naturally.

This last part I can definitely confirm as true. Back in January the tip of my left middle finger got slammed in a metal security door, and the nail just got back to normal last week.

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  1. July 6th, 2005 at 17:52 | #1

    is this a joke?

  2. July 11th, 2005 at 16:19 | #2

    Not at all

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