[extropy-chat] and the nano/holo fun goes on...

Dan Clemmensen dgc at cox.net
Sun Aug 15 03:55:15 UTC 2004

We joke about this, but the reality is different.

At some point during the last ten years, most of us crossed a threshold. 
Prior to the threshold, We did not have enough disk space or processing 
power. We spent as much money on a computer as our comfort level 
allowed, and it was not enough. Now, for most of us we have enough. When 
is the last time you checked the percentage of usage of your disk? when 
is the last time you thought "gee this operation is taking too long." 
(not counting problems with viruses and malware.) Think back ten years. 
One of the big deals then was figuring out which disk compression 
software to use.

Most broadband providers have a cap at 2GB/month. A 1TB disk will hold 
more than 2 years of downloads, at a current cost of about $1000. ($500 
for the disks and $500 for the computer to hold the disks.) A 100TB disk 
would hold 200 years of downloads at today's rates.

Assuming no monthly cap, look at it another way. An individual can 
probably assimilate <1Mbps for < 8hours/day (average.) that's 
(1Mb/8)*3600*8, or 3.6GB/day. That's 1TB/mo, or 100TB in 8 years.

Emlyn wrote:

>Excellent! A couple of those might be able to hold a few weeks of my
>mailing list and rss feed subscriptions.
>On Sat, 14 Aug 2004 17:47:39 -0500, Damien Broderick
><thespike at satx.rr.com> wrote:
>>Breakthrough Nanotechnology Will Bring 100 Terabyte 3.5-inch Digital Data
>>Storage Disks

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