Re: Analogy Units
I read the Wikipedia article "List of unusual units of Measurement" and now I'm wondering how many IPv4 addresses fit into the complete works of Shakespeare.
https://www.opensourceshakespeare.org/stats/ after calculating stats on loading the page (wait, what? the works of Shakespeare are not a fixed thing, now he is dead?) reports that
There are 884,421 total words in Shakespeare's 43 works.
https://arxiv.org/pdf/1208.6109 says that for English, the average word length is 5.1. hmm. Close enough?
Add one for punctuation
(5.1+1) * 884,421 = 5,394,968.1 should be a fairly close estimation. But wait, that's modern English. Does Shakespeare's English differ?
Luckily enough, Copyright has expired, and the texts are available online from e.g. https://ocw.mit.edu/ans7870/6/6.006/s08/lecturenotes/files/t8.shakespeare.txt
Strip out the blurb to leave just the works and we have: 5,461,565
Hey, the estimation was pretty close!
We're forward thinking so lets use UTF-8 instead of ASCII. That's 87385040 bits of data. That's enough to store 2,730,782 IP addresses.
So the complete works of Shakespeare is a little under 2,3/4 MIP
*takes a bow*