Get Acquainted with BIG Numbers

This stretches the brain, but that’s the fun of something new. Heard of a yottabyte?
NSA is planning to store yottabytes of surveillance data in Utah. Quoting from CrunchGear (Nov. 1, 2009)

"There are a thousand gigabytes in a terabyte, a thousand terabytes in a petabyte, a thousand petabytes in an exabyte, a thousand exabytes in a zettabyte, and a thousand zettabytes in a yottabyte. In other words, a yottabyte is 1,000,000,000,000,000GB. Are you paranoid yet?"

Writer Devin Coldewey talks about an interesting article in the current New York Review of books, detailing the history of the National Security Agency and what the future holds. Take a look; there are 103 comments posted.