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but how many Libraries of Congress? [Aug. 23rd, 2006|08:38 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
(A square inch of 100-terabit material could hold as much data as 12,500 pickup trucks filled with books.) [here]
When you find yourself needing to put that comparison in parenthesis, you've already lost.

Update: This one's good too:
(A nanometer is a billionth of a meter.)
Where's "And a meter, well... that's like 1/10th of a first down." ?

[User Picture]From: jwz
2006-08-24 09:36 am (UTC)


We used to use a gag of similar imaginary units, i.e., "I'd stay, but only for a suitcase full of cash." Then the question came to be, twenties or hundreds? New bills or old (flat vs. wrinkled)? Overhead-luggage sized, or Joe Versus the Volcano sized? We talked about making a CGI to answer these questions, but never did. Hopefully someone will reply to this with a Wikipedia page that works out the math0rz.
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From: (Anonymous)
2006-08-24 05:49 pm (UTC)

Re: unit0rz

I do believe that I've seen a units(1) data file with Silly Measurements, but I think it was more along the lines of "parsecs per fortnight". Oh, no, wait... regular units(1) will do that fine:

% units
508 units, 41 prefixes

You have: 60 mph
You want: parsecs/fortnight
* 1.0514506e-09
/ 9.5106704e+08

(Note scientific notation.)
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[User Picture]From: revjim
2006-08-24 12:33 pm (UTC)
And a meter, well... that's like 1/10th of a first down.

Ooooooooooh. Now those are terms I understand.

I love how data storage is almost always related in terms of truck-loads of books. But, I wanna know, which make and model of pickup truck, does it have a camper shell on it, and what font size are we using on the books?

While we're at it, if I trim the margins off my ebooks can I fit more of them on my hard drive? Cause I don't really need the margins.

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[User Picture]From: ckd
2006-08-24 03:07 pm (UTC)
Yes, but how many books can you shove through a series of tubes?
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From: erinearl
2006-08-24 03:37 pm (UTC)
A first down in Canadian football anyway.
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