When big data meets broadband


Scientists want to build a telescope capable of taking roughly 1,400 photos of the night sky consisting of 6 gigabytes of information each somewhere in the mountains in Chile. The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope would result in several hundreds of petabytes of processed data each year. This month the National Science Board will decide if it should fund the next phase of LSST to build that data-generating telescope.

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30% of all internet traffic is pornography


Biggest porn site on the internet gets over four billion hits a month.

‘The internet is for porn,’ is the title of a song on hit musical Avenue Q.  And it turns out the lyricists had touched on a home truth, because researchers have discovered that a staggering 30 per cent of all internet traffic is pornography.

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