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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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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

On the way to significance.

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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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Just ask the Catholic Church. :)

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Psst...

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...

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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