Why is there a duck in the amazon source code? And how much does it cost?

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A redit user calculated the costs of the meowing duck of amazone:

On the order of 100 bytes, and on the order of one trillion page loads a year, would be 100 TeraBytes of data. Over a 10 GbPS connection, this works out to 80000 seconds, or ~22 hours of data transfer for one server per year just on the duck. Of course, amazon has hundreds to thousands of servers just for loading the website, so that’s really probably about 10 seconds per server per year.

Edit: fixed bits/Bytes error.

Edit 2: Really messed up the division. Fixed that too.

Also at Comcast in Seattle prices for 60 Mbps (ignoring the 1TB data cap), this would cost $205.

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