Real time data, weather data, it’s all interesting isn’t it?
On Nullschool.net you can explore real time wind data and watch weather patterns form. It’s pretty neat if I do say so myself. Check it out if you can, I am.
Click the image to open the interactive version (via PennyStocks.la).
I’m not entirely sure how accurate this is, but it’s still pretty neat. It does raise some questions though. Like where does all this data go? Who consumes it? Would someone miss it if it even 0.0001% of it got deleted?
All of this needs to be saved somewhere, it’s all data. So let’s just assume that every one of those is now replicated 5x (at least). That’s a heck of a lot of hard disk space. It reminds me of a 365 Tomorrows story that unfortunately, I can’t remember. I probably starred it in Google Reader, but that’s gone. If anyone knows what I’m talking about, please let me know! The gist of the story was that in the future, there’s not enough space left to save digital files. So everyone is allotted a life quota of GB (or TB, or some other set ammount), and when they run out they can’t do anything anymore. Well one old woman was reaching her limit, and her family was trying to get her to delete stuff, and she said she would, but she just couldn’t. I can’t remember what she wouldn’t delete, but it was still an interesting story.