The Longest Now


Download size exponentiation
Friday October 28th 2005, 2:16 am
Filed under: metrics

The size of downloads has been increasing at a record clip. 
Downloads have been growing in size since the inception of the
concept… today I direct your attention to Wikipedia and Wikimedia
downloads.  Unavailable as torrents, but rather only via http, the
full downloads at 2+GB each are unwieldy even for people who run
downloads over their broadband connections at night while they
sleep.  Is WP dump size growing faster than avergae pipe
throughput to homes and workplaces?  (yes)  What can be done
about this? 

How about… shipping hard drives to people who want them?  Guaranteed 5-day delivery; for a reasonable fee (perhaps $80 for a drive + shipping + overhead?)…

Download size exponentiation …


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