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Comment Didn't we used to shove 7 year olds up chimneys? (Score 2) 187

Whilst their siblings worked in the mills because they were small enough to crawl into the machinery and would be lucky if they came out alive?

Sure, we have moved on from child labour, but it took time and social / economical development to achieve. Why should we then suddenly impose our current position upon a developing nation?

Comment Web traffic must be significantly compressible (Score 3, Interesting) 85

I keep hearing astonishment at how so much web traffic can be stored with relative ease.

Sure, it's going to be a lot of data, but a whole lot of that data is duplication, and where there is duplication there can be compression. And where it's not, even at level 6/7 you can identify significant commonality (facebook user home page) and simply store the delta.

It's not like they're storing every byte sent and received by every Internet user at all.

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