You can only stand on the shoulders of giants by stepping on the shoulders of successively taller people.
I think that trope only works for people who are inclined toward superstition. If an alien were to demonstrate teleportation or replication or something else equally far fetched, I would look at it as advanced technology, not magic.
I'm skeptical of magic in general, though.
For example, the scifi series Perry Rhodan, which started in the 60s, had people use punch cards up until the year 3000 AD, the reboot spinoff in 2006 has tablets and microSD cards being thrown around before the heroes even meet the aliens.
UFO sightings didn't drop because everyone started carrying cameras, it's because aliens developed cloaking technology.
But for some reason the quality of pictures doesn’t improve with quality of the cameras :)
Silly me. I thought it would take a cube.
If by chance you are mis-remembering and it was a 90 megabyte hard drive, it may have been these real things: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microdrive#Microdrive_models_b... If you didn't mis-remember, well, it's still an interesting diversion of a link under the circumstances.
(At least, I assume that's the reason they stopped allowing removable storage. Some people argue that it was just a way for them to squeeze out extra profit by forcing you to pay them if you wanted extra storage, but that's crazy talk.)
I'm assuming it's mostly just about giving an easy way to do price discrimination as you imply, but I can see those actually being real issues too.
Now, send me back with my laptop and it's a completely different story. I've got enough development stuff on that to make serious dough. It would be really weird... probably the fastest communication mechanisms we'd have are using the speaker for modem-based communication, and using the webcam to scan in incoming data somehow, since nothing in that era can even say "hello" to any port I currently have, but we'd be able to get somewhere.
Or take a portable solar charger with you.
> but... then what? No internet, no wireless, no mechanism for input or output... it wouldn't be quite useless, but it's not all that useful.
It can hold a gigantic amount of invaluable information.
English Wikipedia as an HTML dump seems to be just 15GB. I think that includes images. All OSM planetary map data seems to be storable in 45GB.
If only all knowledge was as accessible.
Which can only be extracted by somebody hand-copying it down. Possibly we can work up some sort of photograph-based system to just graphically copy it to a book or something, though. Which is also the only hope you have of extracting the map data, too.
This is the sort of thing I mean; things you take for granted as being valuable have huge chunks of their value chain hacked away.
Audio content would be the easiest to deal with; cell phones would output master-quality recordings of whatever music you may have, because 1960 cables are still bigger than your phone's little jack, but at least they can fabricate a smaller one, electrically compatible with what they already have.
High end smartphone in your pocket would be basically ASCI Red. Worth $67 million in real dollars.
EDIT: From looking at:
It's RAM. Storage is at 12TB. 1.2TB of RAM... I think we still have a ways to go before our phones can do that.
Storage-wise, I have ~140GB total storage. I think that's above average, but that bus would still need around 100 such phones.
I don't know how the buses are in your city. In mine, even when people are packed like sardines, I don't think we get near those numbers.
That said your numbers are still roughly correct. I don't think you can reasonably fit 200 people in a city bus, even one of those English double decker busses.
SanDisk was very reputable for memory cards, such as their CF cards preferred by professional photographers, but (perhaps because of that) SanDisk was the first target I recall for eBay counterfeits. The counterfeits were sophisticated, including retail packaging, and I've heard of it also getting into the supply chains of some retailers.
I wonder whether this early counterfeiting (even before problems on Amazon) ruined the market for reliable memory cards, and everyone switched to competing primarily on size, speed, and price. (If you're going to get lots of bad reviews anyway, due to counterfeits, you might not want to invest substantially in high quality that nevertheless only reduces bad reviews and RMAs a negligible amount.)
There are well documented ways for making Sd cards reliable in embedded systems.
Not that you couldn’t do it before - a lot of interesting info is in small Excel spreadsheets anyway - but now you don’t even have to worry about choosing what to take, just dump it all and let the buyer figure out what they want.
My use case is generally portable gaming and older digital cameras, YMMV. Main brand I used was SanDisk, however.
You want an "industrial" SD card if you have a hard need of recovering the data.
Also Flash isn't an acronym and shouldn't be capitalized like that.
They also cost more due to over-provisioning for the above features.
The perfect notebook in the eyes of an Apple designer would be a solid slab of aluminium with no holes, no screen and no buttons. Perfection itself.
you know, this should be possible with AI and CV: train the NN with millions of words typed on a keyboard with stereo cameras (or perhaps even sonar) mounted just below the screen pointing directly at the fingers. between seeing where the fingers are landing and using some sort of auto-correct-style intelligence tied into dictionary lookups of what words could be produced, it should be possible to have a virtual keyboard.
I'm not sure what the benefit of such a thing would be, and of course typing directly on metal wouldn't be comfortable. but there may be a use somewhere.
Without my Caldigit Ts3+, I would have probably sold this laptop two years ago.
The upcoming microSD Express interface standard will support a 985MB/s bus speed.
(Most other copies Wayback Machine archived are 403…)
If you upgrade to 1Tb cards, that's about 2.5 petabytes/kg.
Upgrading to modern 20 Tb tapes would put it at 378 Pb.
I bought a 512MB Samsung MicroSD when eBay was flooded with them (after Christmas) after they got bundled with Samsung S9 phones. Paid less than $100. It's still rather empty.
On the other hand, if you record 3D 360° video with a Vuze camera at 200MBit/s it's full after less than 6 hours.
$100 seems like a high ceiling for 0.5 GB in 2019.
"Now with seven seats.
Actual user storage less."
(sorry for the shorthand answer, but that acronym only exists because car companies are so very well acquainted with stunts like that)