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Submission + - 161 Billion Gigabytes of Digital Information

dthomas731 writes: The New York Times states that 161 billion gigabytes or 161 exabytes of digital information was created last year. Then they do their best to explain what "161 billion gigabytes" represents.

"That's like 12 stacks of books that each reach from the Earth to the sun. Or you might think of it as 3 million times the information in all the books ever written, according to IDC. You'd need more than 2 billion of the most capacious iPods on the market to get 161 exabytes."
Personally, I can't comprehend something that large. How would you describe it?

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