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We'll likely see the top picks for safer, post-quantum encryption technology early in 2022

Stephen Shankland writes in CNET, "Quantum computers, if they mature enough, will be able to crack much of today's encryption. That'll lay bare private communications, company data and military secrets.

Today's quantum computers are far too primitive to do so. But data surreptitiously gathered now could still be sensitive when more powerful quantum computers come online in a few years..."

"The optical disk market has kind of stagnated ever since digital platforms have taken up most of the market.

"The optical disk market has kind of stagnated ever since digital platforms have taken up most of the market," writes Abdullah Nasir in Wonderful Engineering.

"Taking care of your stack of disks just isn't appealing anymore. Not to mention the fixed storage capacities. Blu-ray disks can store a good amount of data, around 50 GBs but that's like a single 4k movie nowadays. However, these researchers have just managed to pack 700 terabytes of data onto a single disk showing that there is still potential in these things..."

When The Chips Are Down And Prices Go Up
The Next Platform, May 25th, 2021
And you thought toilet paper shortages were bad in the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, or board and plywood prices are high and getting insane at the local hardware depot that you already spent too much money at

"The laws of supply and demand - and the resiliency of the global economy - are going to be severely stress tested by the semiconductor shortage," writes Timothy Prickett Morgan in The Next Platform.

"An eventual rise in chip costs is expected due to the slowdown in rate of shrinkage in chip transistor sizes - and therefore the proportional lowering in the cost of the transistors - that is happening as Moore's Law runs out of gas, in large part due to the very small sizes of these transistors relative to the size of a copper or silicon atom but also driven by the increasing costs of extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography equipment and the number of steps it takes to etch a chip using EUV techniques..."

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