the hobby jogger
Is the internet infinite? 12/8/2012 12:39PM Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
can one view it all?
Bobloblaw
RE: Is the internet infinite? 12/8/2012 12:43PM - in reply to the hobby jogger Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Can one view it all? No

Is is infinite? No

Your definition of infinite is flawed if you think that the only qualifier is whether or not one can observe everything.
Goldman
RE: Is the internet infinite? 12/8/2012 12:44PM - in reply to the hobby jogger Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Something like an hour of video is uploaded to youtube alone every minute so no, you cannot view all of the internet no matter how hard you try.
clark griswald
RE: Is the internet infinite? 12/8/2012 1:04PM - in reply to the hobby jogger Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Given that nothing is infinite, not even the universe, the answer to your question is no. Now run along you simpleton.
Frogger
RE: Is the internet infinite? 12/8/2012 1:36PM - in reply to the hobby jogger Reply | Return to Index | Report Post

the hobby jogger wrote:

can one view it all?


It is not infinite because it has an end. Once you get through it all you get to the last page of the Internet (spoiler below):

http://www.internetlastpage.com/
sabelotodo
RE: Is the internet infinite? 12/8/2012 2:13PM - in reply to the hobby jogger Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
infinite: NO. Information is energy, and "the internet" is made up of bits of digital information. You would need infinite energy to make an infinite internet, and we've not discovered such a thing yet in our solar system.

can you view it all: I think YES. Someone said the pace at which more content is added is huge, so it's probably a straightforward task to view it all. You can not do it sequentially... one page after another, but if you put enough monitors - say 10000 - and watch it all at the same time maybe... you need enough screens (or people helping you do the viewing) so that you beat the pace of adding more stuff to it.


by the way, I think your intended question was "is the content of the internet infinite?"
Bad Wigins
RE: Is the internet infinite? 12/8/2012 6:20PM - in reply to the hobby jogger Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Of course you can view it all.

The National Security Agency is aware of this, and has for years been ghosting every bit of internet data onto storage. They have huge facilities dedicated to this one process. They are literally recording the entire internet.

That includes all posts on these message boards. It's completely illegal, but all major web companies and ISP's are cooperating fully, including google, facebook, twitter, AT&T, Comcast and Verizon. Very few people know of this and even fewer care. Rest assured that everything you've written or done on the internet in the past 10 years is recorded on an NSA server, and can be used against you in the future. That includes private things like emails. It's how that FBI agent got Petraeus's emails. It doesn't matter if you delete it, if it ever existed, the NSA has it.

It is a staggering amount of data, and most people assume it's technically impossible to do, but they really can record it all. Minus maybe a few hidden IP's that search engines don't notice, or traffic that doesn't pass through any American facilities.

Can you view it all, certainly if they set up a bunch of monitors displaying the data in binary form, then you'd be viewing it all.