Originally posted by Paul Dirac II
About five years ago I read that there is an ongoing project to sample the ever-changing contents of the Internet periodically, and store the samples for posterity. Some researcher in 2025 would be able to see exactly what was on the Net on June 19, 2013, for instance.
They could not sample media like video or sound without crashing the internet. You don't just need storage, you need high bandwidth.
The advantage of a super high capacity DVD would be that one could actually use it as bandwidth. So for example I could subscribe to Google earth, and they would send me an updated copy of their database once a month complete with the Google Earth data, street view and maps.
Similarly a subscription to Youtube would get you a DVD with the 200,000 most popular videos of the month plus anything on your subscriptions.
I realize that for many people bandwidth is no longer such a big problem, but for many of us it would be fantastic.
I guess would would be harder would be to get a subscription to Pirate Bay with all the latest pirated movies sent to you monthly. I don't think the movie industry would let them get away with that. But it sure would decongest the internet as torrent traffic constitutes a very significant proportion of traffic on the internet.