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According to these calculations, there were at least 4.66 billion Web pages online as of mid-March 2016. This calculation covers only the searchable Web, however, not the Deep Web.
So how much information does the Internet hold? There are three ways to look at that question, said Martin Hilbert, a professor of communications at the University of California, Davis.
"The Internet stores information, the Internet communicates information and the Internet computes information," Hilbert told Live Science. The communication capacity of the Internet can be measured by how much information it can transfer, or how much information it does transfer at any given time, he said.
In 2014, researchers published a study in the journal Supercomputing Frontiers and Innovations estimating the storage capacity of the Internet at 10^24 bytes, or 1 million exabytes. A byte is a data unit comprising 8 bits, and is equal to a single character in one of the words you're reading now. An exabyte is 1 billion billion bytes.
Is Microsoft more eco-friendly than Apple? Hardly — they just don’t want any legal trouble.
Let’s go back to the mid-1980s. Apple’s GUI was very popular — and it was something which was nearly immediately copied. In November of 1985, Microsoft released its own graphical operating system — Windows 1.0 — and Apple wasn’t very happy. Nevertheless, the two sides avoided a pricey court battle: Apple licensed certain elements to Microsoft, allowing Windows 1.0 to continue unabated. (Here is a good narrative of how that all went down.)
Unfortunately, Windows 1.0 was a flop — the potential was there, but the execution was lacking. The system requirements were extensive; the software didn’t perform very quickly; and the interface, while graphical, was clunky and not all that intuitive. So, Microsoft took another crack at it with Windows 2.0, which was a much more successful product — in part, perhaps, because it looked and worked a lot more like a Mac than Windows 1.0 did. And this time, Apple wasn’t willing to come to an agreement. Instead, Apple sued.
The crux of Apple’s argument was that “look and feel” of its Mac and Lisa operating systems were subject to copyright, and Microsoft — beyond what was licensed for use in Windows 1.0 — had taken that look and feel in violation of Apple’s rights. The case took almost a decade but, ultimately, the courts disagreed. In 1994, the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit decided the case (mostly) in favor of Microsoft (and its co-defendant, Hewlett-Packard), mostly upholding the decision of the lower court.
As a result, Microsoft decided not to tempt fate. And for that matter, neither did anyone else. As Atlas Obscura notes, “the ’90s version of Norton Desktop used a ‘shredder’ and a ‘Smart Eraser.’ X Window System, an open source software most popular with Unix-users, has a ‘Dumpster.'” And of course, Windows has a recycle bin — all to avoid letters from Apple’s lawyers. nowiknow.com...
originally posted by: Allaroundyou
a reply to: IgnoranceIsntBlisss
Now this the reason I joined ATS! Great thread man.
Sorry I don’t have much else to say atm. Kinda doing some testing right now.
originally posted by: stormcell
Before you can throw out those bytes, you have to make sure they have been sorted, then put in the correct bins.