posted on May, 11 2008 @ 01:36 PM
While this is amazing, I agree that it is a misleading headline to the story, done no doubt to get more attention.
I was going to post it a couple days ago, until I learned the data is the results of an experiment and not a black box filled with audio or video of
the final moments or additional data that was not captured by Houston - which is what I had envisioned when I first saw the headline.
By the way I've recovered a few drives as part of my work - usually drives that are making noise or in the process of failing. I wouldn't mind
doing nothing but recovery, but then you'd need to have at least one of every drive that's been in use for the past few years as you use the parts
from the good drives to read the data from the platters. So, there's allot of overhead involved - some which never gets used and just ends up as
When you think about it, it's very inexpensive to have the work done considering the time it would take to recreate you data from scratch - which
often is impossible if it's pictures of your kids 5 years ago or business records for which there is no paper copy or backup.
reply to post by The Godfather of Conspira
Is that so surprising? After all that's what was in use and most reliable during its design. Remember too, that the shuttles have been retrofitted
with more modern cockpits than the original design. We also have many aircraft in use in the military that still have cables & wires running the full
length of the aircraft to actuate control surfaces because that's how the were designed and are still flying.
[edit on 11-5-2008 by verylowfrequency]