So what is the bandwidth of a sailboat?

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We are closing out on a petabyte of storage around the ranch here, and are wondering how much longer we’ll have to keep buying tapes before someone asks whether we actually will ever need all this data users are creating.

Anywho, this post by Jonathan Schwartz (CEO of Sun) amused me:

I made a speech last week at which I asserted it was faster to send a petabyte of data from San Francisco to Hong Kong by sailboat, than by the internet.

He reckons it would take several years over the internet even if you had a few hundred megabit/s connection all the way between source and sink. Which you probably don’t.