Kim Dotcom today said on Twitter that Megaupload user data in Europe has been "irreversibly lost" because it was deleted by a Netherlands-based server hosting company called LeaseWeb.
"VERY BAD NEWS: #Leaseweb has wiped ALL #Megaupload servers. All user data & crucial evidence for our defense destroyed 'without warning,'" Dotcom tweeted.
Dotcom said LeaseWeb informed his team today that Megaupload servers were deleted on Feb. 1, 2013. "Our lawyers have repeatedly asked #Leaseweb not to delete #Megaupload servers while court proceedings are pending in the US," Dotcom tweeted. "We asked the DOJ to release some of #Megaupload's frozen assets to buy ALL servers. They refused." The lost data includes "[m]illions of personal #Megaupload files, petabytes of pictures, backups, personal & business property," Dotcom wrote.
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A 40-channel version of the new holographic display. Daniel Smalley
Three-dimensional films and TVs may seem cutting-edge, but existing technologies all require optical tricks to create the illusion of depth (in some cases, very old tricks). The only truly 3D display technology we have, holography, has primarily been limited to displaying static images. That situation has slowly begun to change, but the existing technology is complicated and expensive, and it suffers from a slow refresh rate.
Now, some researchers have come up with a completely different method of creating the light pattern necessary to build a holographic image. The functional units in their device can be manufactured for pennies: the researchers suspect they could build a large holographic display for as little as $500, one that could potentially be driven by a commodity PC sporting a suite of high-end graphics cards.
The key to building a hologram is the ability of photons to interfere with each other, creating patterns where some regions have constructive interference and become bright, while others experience destructive interference and go dark. A carefully crafted diffractive can bend and redirect light so that this interference pattern recreates patterns of light that look as if they just reflected off the surface of a three-dimensional object. Most importantly, this 3D appearance is retained even as the viewer's perspective shifts around the surface.
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