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Reading a Martin Marty column in the 6/26 Christian Century. He notes:

Discover magazine recently set out to answer the question: How much deos the Internet weigh?" One e-mail, they say, weighs "about two ten-thousandths of a quadrillionth of an ounce." Everything being stored on the Internet, these scientiists figure, means that the wieght of the internet ads up to just "about 0.2 millionths of an ounce," of the same as "the smallest possible sand grain, on measuring just two-thousandths of an inch across."

The weighty measures we discuss here must be offset by the lightness we also share.

A foreign movie can't be stupid.

-from the film
Armin

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But records of information can only exist in the context of storage media. So it's pointless to try to come up with a weight apart from the infrastructure.

So you ladies and you gentlemen, pull your bloomers on...

-Joe Henry

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But records of information can only exist in the context of storage media. So it's pointless to try to come up with a weight apart from the infrastructure.

Agreed, Jeff!

I was wondering if they'd added up the masses of all the electrons in 1 bits, and made sure they'd excluded those in 0 bits, on every wire, cable, fibre, channel, trunk, hard drive, flash memory and whatever else counts as part of the Internet. That way, by zapping a drive, we could make the Net lighter!

But surely asking the weight of the Internet is a bit like asking what colour "kindness" is? ::ermm::

Cheers,

Archie

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