Researchers attempt the impossible: mapping the Internet

If someone told you to plot out the entire Universe, you’d probably laugh in their face. So, then, we offer a new definition of insanity: trying to map the Internet. After 2 months and 2.8 billion electronic probes pinging IP addresses, researchers from the University of Southern California’s Information Sciences Institute now collectively scratch their heads wondering what to do with all this info. Not to mention…what happens to the stuff they missed? When asked what all this is for, the possible uses are actually pretty respectable, including the potential ability to track viruses and even see possible growth trends. Hey…it’s a better use of grant money than testing the effects of tequila on Japanese Fighting Fish, even if the fish had a better time.


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