Computers are spewing forth information at astronomical rates about everything from astrophysics to internet shopping, but do we have the capacity to keep it all?

This article titled “Why Big Data is now such a big deal” was written by John Naughton, for The Observer on Sunday 18th March 2012 00.05 UTC

One of the most famous quotes in the history of the computing industry is the assertion that “640KB ought to be enough for anybody“, allegedly made by Bill Gates at a computer trade show in 1981 just after the launch of the IBM PC. The context was that the Intel 8088 processor that powered the original PC could only handle 640 kilobytes of Random Access Memory (RAM) and people were questioning whether that limit wasn't a mite restrictive.

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