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Big data: Welcome to the petacentre

What does it take to store bytes by the tens of thousands of trillions? Cory Doctorow meets the people and machines for which it's all in a day's work.

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Cory Doctorow is a digital-rights activist, author and co-editor of Boing Boing, a blog. His most recent novel is Little Brother. See Editorial, page 1

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Doctorow, C. Big data: Welcome to the petacentre. Nature 455, 16–21 (2008).

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