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There’s a lot of bytes in a yottabyte

News comes that the NSA in the United States is in the process of building a new data storage facility in Utah. Not just any facility – one capable of storing “yottabytes of surveillance data”.

DataCentre A yottabite is about 1,000,000,000,000,000 Gigabytes of data.

They put it in perspective over at Erictric:

A typical modern computer hard disk drive is capable of storing into the lower hundreds of gigabytes. To put this in perspective, if you were to download a yottabyte with a standard 10 Mbps cable connection, it would take longer than your entire life — and that of your children, and grandchildren.

So, what kind of information might that be?  Well,

The amount of data … is that which is more than all computers in the entire world combined — thousands of times over.

Perhaps that's a clue.

Again, as they put it over at Erictric, it's time to stop wondering if Big Brother might be watching you – with this sort of capacity, it's highly unlikely Big Brother isn't watching you.

By Alex Deane

Posted on by Big Brother Watch Posted in Mastering the Internet, Privacy

One Response to There’s a lot of bytes in a yottabyte

  1. lol


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