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November 20, 2019  11:25 PM

Cops Now Using Warrants to Gain Access to Genetic Databases

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Database, Storage

As you may recall, last year police officers were able to track down a murderer through relatives in a genetic database. Now, it’s gone one step further: Police have...

October 26, 2019  11:51 PM

A $176 Million Victory in HP Optical Disk Drive Case

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
HP, Storage

HP’s back in court again, but unlike its battles with Autonomy, it’s pretty clear that it’s in the right in this case. As it turns out, “Quanta...


October 13, 2019  12:23 PM

Interesting Insights from Video Game Archeology

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Storage, Video games

It’s amazing how much computer scientists of today are learning from the stored data in old video games. As you may recall, a couple of years ago some British researchers went to all sorts of efforts – including baking old tapes in an oven – to


September 30, 2019  11:01 PM

Why You May Not Want to Sign Up for the ‘Storage for Life’ Deal

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Storage

The other day, everywhere I looked, I saw an article about the same product. 5 terabytes of cloud storage! For $99! 89% off! For life! As an indication of how awesome that deal is, I pay $99 for 2 terabytes from Google now. And that’s per year, not for life. Yet I didn’t jump...


September 25, 2019  9:10 AM

Western Digital 20-TB Hard Disk Drive Announced

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Storage, western digital

Five years ago this month, I wrote about Western Digital announcing a 10-terabyte (TB) hard disk drive. Which makes it appropriate that, this month, Western Digital has now announced...


August 31, 2019  10:59 PM

Concern Arises About Alexa-based Mental Health Checker

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
privacy, Security, Storage

Over the past few years, there have been a number of incidents regarding law enforcement and attorneys wanting access to recordings made by smart devices such as the Amazon...

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July 18, 2019  9:15 AM

Wikipedia in DNA Storage is Another Leap Forward

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Storage

We’ve talked before about DNA storage, or the ability to store large amounts of data in DNA. Now there’s another company that’s taking a stab at it. While DNA storage is incredibly dense and is thought to last longer than traditional magnetic storage, it’s


July 7, 2019  10:00 PM

Spokeo as a Precedent Goes Far Beyond Original Database Case

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Database, Storage

A 2016 Supreme Court decision based on how much damage it costs a person when information about them is incorrect in a database is continuing to be used as a precedent in other legal cases that are far removed from the original case. The


June 30, 2019  5:31 PM

Dead Cryptocurrency Founder Transferred Lots of Money Before He Died

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Cryptocurrency, Storage

Remember earlier this year when the head of a cryptocurrency company died and access to the system supposedly died with him? There was some concern at the time that it was...


June 13, 2019  9:38 AM

Hofeller Storage Case Fascinating Study in How Not to Protect Data

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
privacy, Security, Storage

If you saw it on tv you’d probably chide it for being a cliché: A guy who spends his whole life passing information on in phone calls so he doesn’t have anything written down in email or paper dies, and has all sorts of incriminating stuff on his un-password-protected, unencrypted computer...


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