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  1. Profile photo of fancylad
    fancylad Male 30-39
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    May 30, 2010 at 7:59 pm
    Link: What Is A Yottabyte? How Big Is It? - How long before this amount of hard drive storage will be cheaply available for laptops for us consumers?
  2. Profile photo of Vindictive
    Vindictive Female 18-29
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    May 30, 2010 at 8:10 pm
    why would any average person want that.
  3. Profile photo of JaundiceCake
    JaundiceCake Female 18-29
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    May 30, 2010 at 8:13 pm
    Okay. *shrugs*
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    ze_pilot Male 13-17
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    May 30, 2010 at 8:13 pm
    That is retarded.

    This is assuming that the only way to store 1 YB of information is to connect a bunch of 1 TB hard drives...
    That`s like trying to fit a blu-ray movie on a million floppy disk. No poo it`s gonna cost a lot.
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    Lionhart2 Male 40-49
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    May 30, 2010 at 8:17 pm
    When CD`s first came out, I put my 3 briefcases of floppies (2000 in all) on 3 CD`s.

    When DVD`s came out, I burned them and a bunch of new stuff onto 1 DVD.

    Nowadays, I don`t burn movies to DVD, because 1TB drives are now cheaper than blank DVD`s (average about 12c per movie, as opposed to 30c per movie on DVD). I`m in the middle of ripping my 2000 DVD`s (legitimately bought) onto four 1TB drives.

    How things change.
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    Valynn Female 18-29
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    May 30, 2010 at 8:17 pm
    Finally, something that Bill Gates cannot afford!
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    danthew Male 18-29
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    May 30, 2010 at 8:19 pm
    The answer to the question is ~30 years. Exponential increases are scary sometimes...
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    danthew Male 18-29
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    May 30, 2010 at 8:21 pm
    There`s actual maths involved behind that figure btw.
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    util Male 18-29
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    May 30, 2010 at 8:28 pm
    Moore`s Law states that I will want a 1 YB iPod in approximately now.
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    SFunk Male 18-29
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    May 30, 2010 at 8:34 pm
    danthew, assuming that you`re speaking based on the current rate of progression, it`s not going to continue as quickly as it has in the recent past. From how I understand it, both processors and hard drives are starting to reach other technology complications and they`re upgrades are slowing down dramatically. guess we`ll see soon enough
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    Shisi Male 18-29
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    May 30, 2010 at 8:38 pm
    I wonder how much storage Google has.
  12. Profile photo of LazyMe484
    LazyMe484 Male 18-29
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    May 30, 2010 at 8:38 pm
    This is dumb... what use is there for a Yottabyte?
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    MechBFP Male 18-29
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    May 30, 2010 at 8:40 pm
    That`s because it is based on current consumer technology ze_pilot. You are retarded.
  14. Profile photo of BenTheBug
    BenTheBug Male 18-29
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    May 30, 2010 at 8:46 pm
    If no one can afford it, why does it exist?
  15. Profile photo of Brassbull
    Brassbull Male 30-39
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    May 30, 2010 at 8:50 pm
    Large a yottabyte is. Care I do not.
  16. Profile photo of Thorgrimmer
    Thorgrimmer Male 18-29
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    May 30, 2010 at 9:03 pm
    @brassbull Epic!

    In 20 years It will fit in the newest generation of iPhone.
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    wcclark Male 18-29
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    May 30, 2010 at 9:03 pm
    And everybody say...Yotta!
  18. Profile photo of CapnAwesome
    CapnAwesome Male 18-29
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    May 30, 2010 at 9:04 pm
    MORE LIKE YAWN-ABYTE!!! BA DUM TSHH!
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    tincel1372 Female 18-29
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    May 30, 2010 at 9:06 pm
    ``Large a yottabyte is. Care I do not.``

    more entertaining than the yottabyte post
  20. Profile photo of 5Cats
    5Cats Male 50-59
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    May 30, 2010 at 9:08 pm
    You can YOTTABYTE ME right HERE@!!!
    (points at his pants)

    (not as funny as BrassBull, but I do try!)
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    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
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    May 30, 2010 at 9:31 pm
    Wow, i want one!
  22. Profile photo of Volsunga
    Volsunga Male 18-29
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    May 30, 2010 at 9:48 pm
    In 20 years, that amount of storage will be available on a $30 microSD. Ten years ago, they viewed a Megabyte like we now view a terrabyte. They have to make up new words all the time, this is why we can`t have nice things.
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    PhatJeff Male 30-39
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    May 30, 2010 at 10:16 pm
    With the doubling of storage to 2TB for about $100, in the words of Niles Standish, "Doubble it, then cut it in half!"
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    intrigid Male 18-29
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    May 30, 2010 at 10:30 pm
    @Volsunga

    Uhh, dude, you`re very wrong. Today, a terabyte is a decent sized hard drive. Ten years ago, a decent sized hard drive was not a megabyte. 25-30 years ago maybe.
  25. Profile photo of bklynusa
    bklynusa Male 30-39
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    May 30, 2010 at 10:33 pm
    that`s a yotta money.
  26. Profile photo of Corpsecrank
    Corpsecrank Male 30-39
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    May 30, 2010 at 11:20 pm
    In 10 years we might have 100 Tb hard drives at best. In 2000 (10 years ago for those who are slower) we had 10 Gb drives now we have 1 Tb so figure drives should be about 100-200 Tb in size. Though it would be possible for a drive to be 1 Pb but unlikely as the size of data for an average user would not have increased enough to justify a drive like that.
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    Raisin_Hell Male 18-29
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    May 30, 2010 at 11:23 pm
    I really don`t think a YB storage device will be around anytime soon, the TOTAL amount of data on all of the internet is estimated at around 500 exabytes, or 5x 10^20 bytes. 1 yottabyte is 1x10^24 bytes, which is 10 000 times larger than the internet as we know it. We can also obviously agree that nobody has a 500 EB hard drive kicking around either. So yes, it is quite a while before this will happen, but it still may happen in our lifetime, exponential growth can become crazy.
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    Puddingbrood Male 13-17
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    May 30, 2010 at 11:25 pm
    @Volsunga

    They`re not the ones making up the names, they already existed.
    After Yotta, they`ll have to make new ones though.
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    Kadinsky Male 18-29
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    May 30, 2010 at 11:35 pm
    I came.
  30. Profile photo of Seastone
    Seastone Female 18-29
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    May 30, 2010 at 11:51 pm
    I doubt we`ll have it until we have technology that needs it. And right now, we are not anywhere near that, even at the exponential rate our technical abilities are increasing.
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    Crucible Male 18-29
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    May 30, 2010 at 11:53 pm
    I think we`ll start seeing exabyte-sized personal hard drives in the near future, but they`ll be designed to hold an information data format that doesn`t currently exist.
  32. Profile photo of SPrinkZ
    SPrinkZ Male 18-29
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    May 31, 2010 at 12:01 am
    gotta get dat yotta,
    even if it bigga
    dan a whole flotilla.

    gangsta rap, 2020.
  33. Profile photo of xtreme_dude
    xtreme_dude Male 18-29
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    May 31, 2010 at 12:47 am
    How about we just don`t do this and save us all some money.
  34. Profile photo of xxPinkxx
    xxPinkxx Female 18-29
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    May 31, 2010 at 12:50 am
    Its kind of like how a floppy inch disk holds hardly any data, but back then, it was enough. soon we will need more storage i suppose
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    sbeelz Male 30-39
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    May 31, 2010 at 12:59 am
    I wonder if every file currently available for bittorrent amounts to a yot.
  36. Profile photo of r3tr0r0ck3r
    r3tr0r0ck3r Male 18-29
    187 posts
    May 31, 2010 at 2:23 am
    Isn`t it obvious that in 20 years time, you`ll probably be able to fit a Yottobyte into your pocket? It`s as though the makers of the infograph have paid no attention to the rate at which computer technology evolves. Pointless pic.
  37. Profile photo of JNAtheDUDE
    JNAtheDUDE Male 13-17
    203 posts
    May 31, 2010 at 2:50 am
    I have an iPhone 3GSXII43.5 with iPhone OS 6.3.3 with 64YB of memory.

    God, quit living in the past, I-A-B.
  38. Profile photo of The-Sentinel
    The-Sentinel Male 18-29
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    May 31, 2010 at 3:16 am
    To be honest, a Yotta-bite seems large now, but the next-next gen consoles will probably have that as their HDD space
  39. Profile photo of gbrzeatetee
    gbrzeatetee Male 30-39
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    May 31, 2010 at 3:34 am
    It`s an ad. Why isn`t it marked as such?
  40. Profile photo of videogamer
    videogamer Male 18-29
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    May 31, 2010 at 5:25 am
    "that`s a yotta money."

    I instantly hate you.
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    iBegrindin Male 18-29
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    May 31, 2010 at 5:37 am
    >"that`s a yotta money."
    >
    >I instantly hate you.


    I instantly love you!
  42. Profile photo of Reganom
    Reganom Male 18-29
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    May 31, 2010 at 6:08 am
    Well technology double (approximately) every 24 months or so, which can be seen with medical equipment. So eventually we might have that, but i doubt it will be some time next year.
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    Sock1122 Male 18-29
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    May 31, 2010 at 6:34 am
    just out of curiosity does anyone know what the equivalent storage space (memory) would be for one human brain?
  44. Profile photo of Matwix_2004
    Matwix_2004 Male 18-29
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    May 31, 2010 at 6:55 am
    Sock1122 - I think it`s estimated to be between 1 to 1000 terabites. Robert Birge said it was about 3 (http://tinyurl.com/ddqyvj), another place said it was from 500 to 1000 (http://tinyurl.com/fabpe), and the last place I found said between 1 and 1000 (http://tinyurl.com/3xtgdcf).

    I currently have a 1tb hard drive, and a seperate 500gbs hard drive. :3
  45. Profile photo of Salted_Eggs
    Salted_Eggs Male 18-29
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    May 31, 2010 at 6:56 am
    Sock1122

    I believe I heard somewhere that it was about the size of a terabyte.
  46. Profile photo of thefireguy22
    thefireguy22 Male 18-29
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    May 31, 2010 at 6:57 am
    i believe i read somewhere that the human brain is 12 terabytes. correct me if im wrong.
  47. Profile photo of RaM1
    RaM1 Male 18-29
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    May 31, 2010 at 7:17 am
    i read somewhere that NSA was going (or is going) to make 1 yottabyte harddrive
  48. Profile photo of Salted_Eggs
    Salted_Eggs Male 18-29
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    May 31, 2010 at 7:27 am
    RaM1,

    Google search showed no results. Did you watch it on the tele?
  49. Profile photo of GHudston
    GHudston Male 18-29
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    May 31, 2010 at 7:44 am
    I`m pretty sure that the brain stores data (and works generally) in a way that is entirely different to how a computer would. I`m not entirely sure that it could be put into terms of bytes at all, but if it could then we are quite a long way from giving anything other than a guess.

    We would need to know how the brain stores and accesses it`s data before we could even begin to think about how much data we can ultimately fit in it!
  50. Profile photo of Salted_Eggs
    Salted_Eggs Male 18-29
    774 posts
    May 31, 2010 at 7:50 am
    GHudston,

    We`ve already done that...
  51. Profile photo of krieg_fox
    krieg_fox Male 18-29
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    May 31, 2010 at 8:33 am
    i give it 10 years, a yottabyte will be the next terabyte. People will look at a 500 gb harddrive and laugh, saying god what the hell could you fit there. Thats not even enough to store one 4D virtual reality dvd movie, and thats without having the sounds wired into you head. lol
  52. Profile photo of Ryan22158
    Ryan22158 Male 18-29
    418 posts
    May 31, 2010 at 9:01 am
    From a data protection stand point creating a one yottabyte drive is unwise. Why would you create all that data on only one drive. Something that is that large, physically, will be prone to failure much more than the average consumer hard drive. However, this does not mean some one wont try.

    Personally I like the hella-byte discussion better.
  53. Profile photo of Altaru
    Altaru Male 18-29
    3483 posts
    May 31, 2010 at 9:15 am
    It won`t take long for this to be nothing at all.

    I can`t remember who said it, but I remember something about every two years technology doubles in ability/capacity, and halves in cost.

    Interestingly enough, I have a friend that has a petabyte worth of memory on his home computer... It cost him a sh*t ton, and he still hasn`t used hardly any of it, but still...

    OH, BTW... Yatta?
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    Angelmassb Male 18-29
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    May 31, 2010 at 9:16 am
    I wonder how much data is in the entire Internet
  55. Profile photo of The_Garuness
    The_Garuness Male 18-29
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    May 31, 2010 at 9:29 am
    Angelmassb
    apparently its about 500 exabytes.
  56. Profile photo of Wargasm
    Wargasm Male 18-29
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    May 31, 2010 at 9:45 am
    >krieg fox

    THATD BE FREAKIN SWEET!
  57. Profile photo of RyanHake
    RyanHake Male 18-29
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    May 31, 2010 at 10:28 am
    Should be called a Lottabyte
  58. Profile photo of Nidonemo
    Nidonemo Male 18-29
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    May 31, 2010 at 11:24 am
    Probably that kind of space would be needed for the Extranet in "Mass Effect".
  59. Profile photo of SPrinkZ
    SPrinkZ Male 18-29
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    May 31, 2010 at 11:44 am
    "To be honest, a Yotta-bite seems large now, but the next-next gen consoles will probably have that as their HDD space"

    No one sees how difficult this poo really is, do they? We`re running into microization problems because transistors can only be made so small before they fizzle out if they are made from current day silicon.

    So, unless we develop a new smaller transistor, around a couple of atoms or so big, then count the yottabyte being a little further than 20 years. And, you wouldn`t know what to do with a yottabyte. It`s certainly more information than all of human history and writing combined 1,000x over.
  60. Profile photo of taelmx
    taelmx Female 18-29
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    May 31, 2010 at 12:13 pm
    There`s also Doggabytes and Geopbytes or something like that.
  61. Profile photo of discoxd
    discoxd Male 18-29
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    May 31, 2010 at 1:06 pm
    you could put all the pron ever onto one hard drive, and it would be glorious to behold
  62. Profile photo of almightybob1
    almightybob1 Male 18-29
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    May 31, 2010 at 1:12 pm
    I can`t remember who said it, but I remember something about every two years technology doubles in ability/capacity, and halves in cost.

    The number of transistors we can fit in a unit space has roughly doubled every year, yes. It`s called Moore`s Law. But it can`t continue like that. We can`t make them much smaller before the distance between source and drain on a MOSFET becomes too small to operate reliably.

    Electronic engineers are working on how to get around the problem. A solution will probably be to use new, different materials instead of silicon dioxide.
  63. Profile photo of ElSombrero
    ElSombrero Male 13-17
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    May 31, 2010 at 2:32 pm
    Eventually we`re just going to make something so big that storage is no longer an issue.

    I`m excited about where our technology will lead us. We just need to stop being stupid and learn how to use it right.
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    Mikeado Male 18-29
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    May 31, 2010 at 2:35 pm
    "you could put all the pron ever onto one hard drive, and it would be glorious to behold"

    Yes. Apart from the bestial, incestial, man-on-man, S&M and urination variants - to name a few - although I suppose it depends what you`re into and how open-minded you are...
  65. Profile photo of Ryan22158
    Ryan22158 Male 18-29
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    May 31, 2010 at 2:36 pm
    Something that should be pointed out is that the space to store information is trivial when compared to what most people here have pointed out. The need for smaller and faster transistors, or maybe even HP`s memristor(sp?), to crunch that amount of data, or store and process in the memrsitor`s case. So, it doesn`t matter if you Xbox 1080, PS15, or your Pee(he he) has an Exabyte of storage if you can`t access it quickly. I don`t want to wait for my Quad Core processor to decompress ten gigs of data for each frame on my game because it just wont be able to do it. Although processors should be able to keep up with storage as time progresses. I`m just saying all of that space is useless unless you access it in an efficient manner.

    Time to go grab a 32-core Xeon Knight chip. :)
  66. Profile photo of RaM1
    RaM1 Male 18-29
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    May 31, 2010 at 2:57 pm
    @Salted_Eggs :
    i`m sorry it wasn`t a hard drive but a datacenter -_-`

    http://www.crunchgear.com/2009/11/01/nsa-to-store-yottabytes-of-surveillance-data-in-utah-megarepository/
  67. Profile photo of Nintenutts
    Nintenutts Male 13-17
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    May 31, 2010 at 3:20 pm
    The datacenter my dad works at has a petabyte of memory. so the second part is somewhat untrue.
  68. Profile photo of Steelgrid
    Steelgrid Male 30-39
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    May 31, 2010 at 3:43 pm
    Really this is a non issue as with time it will all shrink and become cheaper....Think of 5 mgs in the 50s...Or 1g in the 80s...How extraordinary they were and the space required to hold them...The first manned rocket to space had LESS computing power than the NES 8-bit system....Think of that....
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    shock-n-awe Male 18-29
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    May 31, 2010 at 5:38 pm
    "you could put all the pron ever onto one hard drive, and it would be glorious to behold"

    There is plenty of the "off the beaten path" pron that I am not into but I would be willing to sort through it to have every bit of pron ever made. Except for kiddie pron. That is some wrong and horrible sh*t.
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    shock-n-awe Male 18-29
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    May 31, 2010 at 5:40 pm
    Also, as has been said, the size required is why the cost is prohibitive but the technology is advancing so fast it is only a matter of time before this is available... It will happen in my lifetime.
  71. Profile photo of Altaru
    Altaru Male 18-29
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    May 31, 2010 at 5:57 pm
    [quote">you could put all the pron ever onto one hard drive, and it would be glorious to behold[/quote">

    Until they invent new, 4D prons that can actually have sex with you and get you pregnant...

    Wait, they already have 3D porn that can do that?

    Well never mind! Let`s keep on as we were.
  72. Profile photo of smithno13
    smithno13 Male 18-29
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    May 31, 2010 at 6:39 pm
    All of that seemed to be based off of the size and price of a 1tb hard drive... But now you can get a 2tb for not much more.
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    EinsteinGuy Male 18-29
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    May 31, 2010 at 6:57 pm
    Yotta, yotta, yotta...
  74. Profile photo of MrsPoods
    MrsPoods Female 18-29
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    May 31, 2010 at 8:13 pm
    Is it yaddah or yoda?
  75. Profile photo of DarkFerret
    DarkFerret Male 18-29
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    May 31, 2010 at 8:28 pm
    holy huge!
  76. Profile photo of meepmaker
    meepmaker Male 30-39
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    June 1, 2010 at 7:43 am
    Who needs all that?
  77. Profile photo of nubblins
    nubblins Female 18-29
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    June 1, 2010 at 9:17 am
    That`s a lot of porn.
  78. Profile photo of Hipley
    Hipley Male 30-39
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    June 1, 2010 at 2:15 pm
    If Moore`s law is true, it will last 40 to 60 years!
  79. Profile photo of duckflash
    duckflash Female 13-17
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    June 1, 2010 at 4:07 pm
    i can already see people saying "how many yottas do you have" x]
  80. Profile photo of NinjaB0b
    NinjaB0b Male 18-29
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    June 1, 2010 at 8:24 pm
    @nubblins
    second
  81. Profile photo of Kalkin
    Kalkin Male 18-29
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    June 2, 2010 at 1:40 am
    If a terrabyte holds 2x10^5 pictures, a petabyte is 10^8, exa is 10^11, zetta is 10^14 and a yottabye would be around 2x10^17 pictures.
    Who the drat has 200,000,000,000,000,000 pictures?
  82. Profile photo of SumRandom1
    SumRandom1 Male 18-29
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    June 2, 2010 at 12:40 pm
    i still dont get how big that is??? am i the only one, are we talking space on a computer, or space as in VOLUME?

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