# Networks

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### Of the few, hard datum points

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That Intel CEO Paul Otellini mentioned during a reported earnings conference <a href="http://news.cnet.com/8301-13924_3-20028506-64.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-20">call</a> about ARM vs Atom processors, he quoted the measure of 245 exabytes crossing the internet in 2010.

Does anyone have a handle on the significance of 245 relational exabytes to human society?

I don't.

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### It's more than a normal machine can address...

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"In principle, the 64-bit microprocessors found in many computers can address 16 exbibytes, or just over 18 exabytes, of memory.[1]" : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exabyte

But I think it's about par for the amount of information that goes into building one person's idea of the culture it lives in, from pre-natal to maturity (that's around 50 years ).

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### Thumb.

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Well-deserved, for having addressed such a hairy thing.

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### CDs

by In reply to Of the few, hard datum po ...

If we assume 6 billion people in the world, it's about 8 DVD's each.

I love finding real world examples of huge numbers. For example, my favourite is grains of raw sugar. You know, the ones about 1mm on a side.

1 Million = 1 litre.
1 Billion = 1 cubic metre.
1 Trillion = A 10 metre cube.
1 Quadrillion = A 100 metre cube, and
1 Quintillion = 1 Cubic Kilometre.

The last couple are a bit out there, but the first few make sense to me and to several kids I've shown. They can actually get their heads around what a billion means using this tool.

Regards

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### That is a start

by In reply to CDs

On the way to significance.

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### My dad used an example

by In reply to CDs

If Jesus would have put one dollar in the bank, at 5% annual interest... how much would it be today?
<font color=FFFFFF>3,89E42 ... notice the order of tens? Forty-Two!</font>

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### There is an exact answer

by In reply to My dad used an example

Just ask the Catholic Church. :)

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### Psst...

by In reply to There is an exact answer

for a follow-up - highlight my post above, from where it seems to end and down

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### Different take

Most of that total will be non-essential, and overwhelmingly spam.

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### Essential?

by In reply to Different take

How exactly do you determine what is "essential"?

If we take a hard line, the only "essential" traffic is that without which someone will perish.

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### Not necessarily...

by In reply to Essential?

Essential is the traffic that would otherwise have to be handled by way of print, post or phone... or presence.
After all, the network is a medium that stands in relation to these others.

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