# Worlds Information Consumption Pegged At One Million Million Gigabytes

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### Anthony010

cant you guys like make a graph and show us what a zetta byte is compared to like a terabyte and such? i mean it would help to understand

### ubuwalker31

A zettabyte is 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 bytes = 10^21

In comparison a gigabyte is 1,000,000,000bytes = 10^9

For other neat comparissons of data in relation to prefixs, check out https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Orders_of_magnitude_%28data%29

### doggitydogs

Something is wrong with your math.

One million million = 1,000,000 x 1,000,000 = 1,000,000,000,000 = one trillion

One gigabyte = 1024^3 bytes = 1,073,741,824 bytes

One million million gigabytes = one million million x one gigabyte = 1,073,741,824,000,000,000,000 bytes

9,570,000,000,000,000,000,000 bytes (the number from the topic sentence of the opening paragraph) / 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 bytes = 8.91275704 million million gigabytes.

8.91275704 is not equal to 1 ("one million million gigabytes").

FAIL.

### ubuwalker31

Each book is assumed to be 4.8 centimeters thick and contain 2.5 megabytes of information.

### garrettp

Is it possible that they where using Fuzzy Mathmatics and you aren't?

### MrBlueCheese

Not really, its not like anyone got tricked up by that.

I knew what the author was talking about.

Also, i didn't need math to know that the math was off a little, but i believe his point remains.

Anyway, that is no chump change. A million million gigabytes, i wonder how long it took for the researchers to compile that data.

### TheElite1x721987

The neptune analogy is wrong. Neptune is a little less then 2.7 Billion miles away from earth. So a stack 5.6 Billion miles high will only be able to stretch from earth to neptune and back only 1 time, not 20. (but you will have enough left to reach a couple other planets though). Not that this makes the analogy any less impressive, but it's not accurate :-P

### markstrelecki

A Million millions is ONE TRILLION and is perhaps, in this era of inflated government budgets, a somewhat easier term to understand.

Facebook needs to go BYE BYE - another easy term to understand.

MARK STRELECKI

ATLANTA, GA.

### MrBlueCheese

"A Million millions is ONE TRILLION and is perhaps, in this era of inflated government budgets, a somewhat easier term to understand."

Uhh, no its not. A million million is WAY MORE then one trillion.

Second, Facebook doesn't need to go, it just needs an opt-in program - A "better" term to understand.

Mark Jones

Washington D.C.

### pastorbob

Not to be picky but a million millions is one trillion. One million = 1.0 x 10^6. (1.0 x 10^6) x (1.0 x 10^6) = 1.0 x 10^12 which is one trillion. Sorry dude but you get an 'F' in math.

### MrBlueCheese

Sorry, double post.

### tornato7

is this the new measure of computing power?

"520 thousand miles"

"dude, thats fast. mines only halfway to the moon!"

### MrBlueCheese

I think its an analogy more then an actual unit of measure.

Its pretty amazing how much data is out there.

Instead of books, it would be interesting to see how much "physical space" this massive amount of data takes up.

### MrBlueCheese

1) Befriend Mark Zuckerberg

2) Find out where he lives

3) ????

4) Profit!

The way Canadian ISPs want to enforce "bandwidth", we'll be back to counting traffic in gigabytes, not zettabytes.

### MrBlueCheese

"The way Canadian ISPs want to enforce "bandwidth", we'll be back to counting traffic in gigabytes, not zettabytes."

True, but you got to remember, Gigabytes is representing a relatively small number (compared to zettabytes) and Zettabytes is representing a rathter large number.

Although, it would be interesting to see everything in Zettabytes, just to mess with some people.

"What do you mean i'm only consuming 0.000000000000000001 Zettabytes? How am i suppose to know how much data that is?" (Me imagining what a customer would be like if they were to see Zettabytes).