The #PetabytePornProject is More About Testing Storage Limits than it is About Porn

Some guy on Reddit one fine day decided to test Amazon’s, ‘unlimited,’ storage cloud. Before we tell you how, we should tell you that it’s a completely useless exercise unless you have porn, tons of porn; no, wait, at least 1Petabyte of porn to upload. Just basic math – 1Petabyte = 2 million GB and that’s roughly 234 years of video running on 480p. Yep, no jokes there.

Beaston02 is a Reddit user who has a knack for doing new stuff. He was determined to find out the true ceiling of Amazon’s unlimited (offer now removed) cloud storage plan. To do this, he needed to be smart. He couldn’t just download and gather data or record porn. Instead, he wrote scripts using SQL and PHP that allowed him to record public webcam shows from a variety of adult cam sites, including CamSoda, Chaturbate and MyFreeCams.

Beaston02 accredits this passion project to his interest in women rather than porn and of course his knack for, ‘learning more.’ Eventually, he stopped the recordings as he learned the necessary tips and tricks, had enough of data and was plain bored after a few months.

Once Beaston02 left the project, other people took up the cause and used the scripts Baston uploaded onto GitHub to get recordings of nearly 12 terabytes per day. The helping hands have been able to get 2PB of data now and have stored it on Amazon’s cloud mirroring it on Google Drive. Amazon apparently is silent about the whole deal.

The author of this original report who Beaston02 communicated with also went ahead and questioned the morality of the case. Is it OK to record to public web cam? Charley Hart, a cam model at CamSoda gives a gray answer saying, ‘Part of me is ok with some of it. It’s one thing if I do it—I think that’s the whole thing, it’s all about consent.’ The moral question was also answered by Beaston02 who believed that he draws the line when people ask him to record shows that are private or within certain limitations. He believes he has done his moral part by setting a disclaimer on his scripts asking people not to share or sell the video on websites. And we all know how that disclaimer or request is going down the drain especially when it comes to porn.

Farah tries to keep up with the fast-paced tech world by writing about it. She covers latest tech news and writes informative pieces to help her readers make informed decisions about their tech preferences.
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