dslreports logo

story category
Friday Morning Links
by Revcb 06:35AM Friday Mar 16 2012

topics flat nest 

Tavistock NJ

NSA building HUGE data center in Utah


It is big enough so that they needed to start using a new term for how much data it will store - yottabytes.

It needs that capacity because, according to a recent report by Cisco, global Internet traffic will quadruple from 2010 to 2015, reaching 966 exabytes per year. (A million exabytes equal a yottabyte.) In terms of scale, Eric Schmidt, Google’s former CEO, once estimated that the total of all human knowledge created from the dawn of man to 2003 totaled 5 exabytes. And the data flow shows no sign of slowing. In 2011 more than 2 billion of the world’s 6.9 billion people were connected to the Internet. By 2015, market research firm IDC estimates, there will be 2.7 billion users. Thus, the NSA’s need for a 1-million-square-foot data storehouse. Should the agency ever fill the Utah center with a yottabyte of information, it would be equal to about 500 quintillion (500,000,000,000,000,000,000) pages of text.

The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, I'm from the government and I'm here to help.


Re: NSA building HUGE data center in Utah

said by FFH:

It is big enough so that they needed to start using a new term for how much data it will store - yottabytes.

It's not a new term, it just hasn't been used much yet.


Question everything
Westfield, MA
And don't forget your medical records, plenty of space for that(HIPPA is useless to protect you, having a wife that is a nurse you get a pretty good idea how it works) and pretty much anything they want without that thing called the judicial system getting in there way.

Heavy Artillery For The Little Guy
Tulsa, OK
They need that much storage to track ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING everyone does on the internet.

I mean, this type of stuff is proof that they really do have all the traffic passing right through their servers.
"Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power." -- Benito Mussolini

Chesterfield, MO

iPad reminder of stupid data plans...

Great article. I noticed the exact same irony over the summer using my iPhone as a hotspot. While visiting Yellowstone, there's very little coverage but a few spots in the park do have coverage. Since the lack of coverage killed Internet options and maps, I decided to try a few of the Yellowstone Apps that provide built-in maps. I was rudely stopped because all of them were over the limit of what I could download to my phone over the carrier's data connection

Thank goodness my kids have iPods and I pay for tethering. I flipped on my hotspot and had each download a different app to compare. As I waited, my brain was silently polishing my fingernails against my chest with the thought of defeated the evil carrier restrictions.

What's makes this situation even more ridiculous is I'm on a metered plan. If I use my 4gigs of data and need more, I pay more. Why the heck would AT&T stop me from possibly paying them more?

Ai Otsukaholic
·Clear Wireless
·Cox HSI
·Verizon FiOS

iPad LTE plans suck

I agree the plans are dumb and virtually worthless. I only got the new iPad with LTE for instances I'm not carrying my CLEAR WiMax mobile hotspot or I am outside of CLEAR's service area (which is big in my neck of the woods). CLEAR at least for know offers truly unlimited data for fifty bucks compared to VZW's 5GB for $50.

Thankfully you can sit idle and activate or deactivate LTE service 1 month at a time which still isn't perfect but better than getting caught with nothing while needing access.

These 2, 3, 5GB plans are ridiculously priced and at LTE speeds blown through quickly, particularly with video. MiFi would be a better solution even if still metered; at least you can use it with all of your devices.
Grayson Peddie

Tallahassee, FL

MVNO: From Prepaid to Contract

I'd rather pay the full price of an unlocked smartphone, thank you very much.