Weekend tech reading: Who owns your data when you die?

By on July 28, 2013, 12:24 PM
quakecon, data, 4k resolution, shadowrun

Who owns your data when you're dead? After we die, our bodies are reduced to dust or ash, through burial or cremation. The fate of the digital corpuses we leave behind is rather more complicated. Before the advent of internet-hosted storage and services, your digital remains would have been accessible only to those with physical access to your computers, and only then if you had not applied encryption or password protection. But these days many people leave traces of their lives spread across the internet. Facebook knows who we love and hate, Google knows what we are interested in, Amazon knows what we buy, and so on. The Economist

7nm, 5nm, 3nm: The new materials and transistors that will take us to the limits of Moore's law At Semicon West 2013, the annual mecca for chipmakers and their capital equipment manufacturers, Applied Materials has detailed the road beyond 14nm, all the way down to 3nm and possibly beyond. The talk, delivered by Adam Brand of Applied Materials, mostly focused on the material and architectural challenges of mass-producing transistors at 14nm and beyond. At this point, 14nm seems to be the final node where silicon -- even when in the shape of a fin (as in FinFETs) -- will be thick enough to prevent quantum tunneling and gate leakage. ExtremeTech

A Day Inside Comic-Con's Hall H: Worshiping in the Ultimate Movie Church "No, no, no," the tall guy in the hoodie says into his phone. "I'm past the pirate ship." He cranes his neck up to look at it, a giant promotional buy for something no one will remember in a year’s time. "Yeah, no. I got here at five." It’s a little after 6 a.m. on Saturday, and I’ve crawled out of bed after three hours’ sleep to get in line for Hall H, the central cathedral of San Diego’s Comic-Con, the four-day pop culture extravaganza that devours an extended summer's weekend for more than 100,000 of the devout. Grantland

Crowdfunding the classics: 20 years and $1.8 million later, 'Shadowrun' returns Kickstarter has become the go-to place for game studios looking to get out from underneath the publishers' thumbs. And gamers have certainly taken notice, helping multiple companies raise in excess of $1 million each to build their dream projects. The thing is, so far none of these big-name projects have seen the light of day, and a number have seen major delays. Double Fine, for instance, recently announced that Broken Age, perhaps the most high-profile Kickstarter game to date, would be split in two... The Verge

Pushing the 12K PC gaming boundary at 1.5 billion pixels per second PC gaming is all out extreme performance and eye-popping visuals. DirectX games on Windows are always pushing the boundaries of the latest graphics hardware and software technology that will bring things "to the next level". In this article I’m going to share with you an amazing set of experiences that I recently had pushing the boundaries of 4K multi-mon gaming with several Sharp PN-K321 4K Ultra HD displays that I had on loan for a short period of time. Windows Blog

Something new for QuakeCon 2013: The QuakeCon Trials! QuakeCon Trials, a series of daily trials taking place in QuakeCon’s exhibit hall that will test the skills of players in notable games from Bethesda/id Software, will make its debut at QuakeCon 2013! Across six challenges of varying difficulty, you’ll compete for a share of fortune and glory, with prizes that include: Nvidia GeForce GTX 760 graphics cards, raffle cards for a chance to win one of two 2013 Ford Focus ST3s, plus additional prizes from our exhibitors and sponsors. Winners from each of the six trials will also have a chance to win a $2,000 gaming rig from XOTIC PC! Bethesda

2001: A Space Odyssey - discerning themes through score and imagery Stanley Kubrick's most popular and enduring film is 2001: A Space Odyssey, a work he co-wrote with noted Science Fiction author Arthur C. Clarke. It's considered among the best in the genre. Which is strange when compared against popular science fiction fare like Star Wars, Alien, and the Star Trek franchises. For unlike typical character and plot driven narrative, its structure is that of an odyssey portraying the span of millennia. There is no central protagonist in conflict with an antagonist to root for. Underground Research Initiative

Sensor knows when you're lying through your teeth A sensor embedded in a tooth could one day tell doctors when people have defied medical advice to give up smoking or eat less. Built into a tiny circuit board that fits in a tooth cavity, the sensor includes an accelerometer that sends data on mouth motion to a smartphone. Machine learning software is taught to recognise each telltale jaw motion pattern, then works out how much of the time the patient is chewing, drinking, speaking, coughing or smoking. New Scientist

Has technology ruined handwriting? Semi-ambidextrous Nicholas Cronquist rebelled against third-grade cursive lessons. "I remember I hated it and I told my teacher I thought it was dumb," he says. Cronquist, now 26, eventually learned to like using his left hand to inscribe strings of words. But typing papers while at the University of North Dakota and choosing a career rooted in technology drastically decreased the amount he wrote by hand, causing writing in cursive to become uncomfortable and painful. CNN

Terms and Conditions: A movie about privacy policies you’ll actually want to watch Watching Terms and Conditions May Apply (TACMA) is sort of like watching Ars' tech policy coverage -- but in an 80-minute feature film. The documentary, released last week, will particularly interest your smart (but less tech-savvy) friends who shrug at things like the most recent NSA metadata surveillance scandal. American technology law and policy can often feel too niche... Ars Technica

Editorial: Stop threatening game developers This morning a title update went through on Black Ops II on Xbox 360, and I expect this patch will propogate to other platforms soon as well. Okay, so I head off to read the patch notes. Most of it involves some needed tweaks to Buried, but apparently this is the part that has people violently angry... One of Swords

What's new in Android 4.3 As expected, today Google made a management release for Android 4.2 official at their breakfast with Sundar event, bumping the release up to Android 4.3 and introducing a bunch of new features and fixes. The update brings everything that Google alluded was coming during Google I/O, and a few more. On the graphics side, the big change is inclusion of support for OpenGL ES 3.0 in Android 4.3. AnandTech




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JC713 JC713 said:

That 12K PC is cool. I think Titans are a better option due to the 6GB of GDDR5.

cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Who owns your data when you're dead?
At that point, I really wouldn't care.

1 person liked this | LNCPapa LNCPapa said:

I plan to pass on all my data to my wife and children as with the rest of my estate.

gl with the TBs of pr0n

1 person liked this | dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

Who owns your data when you're dead?

If it takes that long to relieve me of my data, then a Chinese supercomputer maintained by a group of political detainees are falling down on the job (maybe due to having too many body parts harvested by the government?). Hopefully, when it happens, keen followers of TechSpot will notice the difference when my posting devolves into

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cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

*You tried to click the link, didn't you?

Not until after reading the quote. I did however click the U-Lucky link to see if it was legit. OMG it was!!

dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

Not until after reading the quote. I did however click the U-Lucky link to see if it was legit. OMG it was!!

Only the [link] is good enough for U-Lucky eXXXXXtreme cooling solutions.

Guest said:

Google :) apple dont own shit about me ;) google. trustet by geeks!

jobeard jobeard, TS Ambassador, said:

Personal Identity info belongs to me,

whatever I post (anywhere) belongs to no one/everyone because I lost control of it when I clicked [POST/SUBMIT]

Guest said:

Who owns your data when you die?

Ill just delete all my data before I die. If any one wants something from it, they can call up the NSA for a backup copy.

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