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Monday, July 07, 2008

The Internet Weighs Two Ounces


The Internet weighs two ounces.

Driving it takes 50,000,000 horsepower. A statistically rough (one sigma) estimate might be 75-100 million servers @ ~350-550 watts each. Call it Forty Billion Watts or ~ 40 GW. Since silicon logic runs at three volts or so, and an Ampere is some ten to the eighteenth electrons a second, if the average chip runs at a Gigaherz, straightforward calculation reveals that some 50 grams of electrons in motion make up the Internet. Adamant

Gosh! I think that the internet needs to eat some more chocolate cake and ice cream!

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At Mon Jul 07, 09:15:00 AM, Blogger Übermilf said...

Who doesn't?

At Mon Jul 07, 11:05:00 AM, Blogger Dusty said...

Ok, this is way over my itty bitty head..put it simply for me ok?

You know, like the MSM waters shit down. ;p

At Mon Jul 07, 09:24:00 PM, Blogger pidomon said...

either that or get some sexier and more happy underpants

At Tue Jul 08, 11:07:00 AM, Blogger Unconventional Conventionist said...

Au contraire, mon cher, I must disagree with this 2 oz. assessment!

Behold my math:1 horsepower for 1 hour = 641 calories.

Common calorie counting for chocolate cake is about 235 per slice.

Let's make the math easy and have more delicious cake and call it 250 calories.

That means since it takes 50 million horsepower to run the internet, it weighs as much as 100 million slices of chocolate cake per hour! Hah!

At Wed Jul 09, 06:28:00 PM, Blogger Utah Savage said...

I like the Unconventional one's math.

At Thu Jul 10, 07:50:00 AM, Blogger Dr. Zaius said...

Übermilf: Agreed! I like the way you think. :o)

Dusty: It is just a comparison of the weight of an electron to the amount of energy used to run the internet. Us geeky types just love to sound self important, though!

Pidomon: That's what my campaign is all about!

Unconventional Conventionist: Ack! You have out-geekified me - and you have done so with chocolate cake! Zounds! Excellent work, UC. (I'll have two slices by the way.)

Utah Savage Me too! Yowsa!


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