Gig Math Explanation

In Brief:

1 gigabyte = 1024 * 1024 * 1024 = 1,073,741,824 bytes
1 gigabyte on NNTP = 1024 * 1024 * 1024 * .50 = 536,870,912 bytes (50% discount for NNTP encoding overhead)

Big Gig Plan

HTTP: 150 gigs + 2 gigs (survey) + 2 gigs (UD/Grid.org) = 154 gigs to your harddrive or

NNTP: Unlimited NNTP is included in all Big Gig accounts.
 
 

Plus Plan

HTTP: 40 gigs + 2 gigs (survey) + 2 gigs (UD/Grid.org) = 44 gigs to your harddrive or

NNTP: 40 gigs + 2 gigs (survey) + 2 gigs (UD/Grid.org) / .50 (50% discount for NNTP encoding overhead only) = 88 gigs to your harddrive

Classic Plan

HTTP: 20 gigs + 2 gigs (survey) + 2 gigs (UD/Grid.org) = 24 gigs to your harddrive or

NNTP: 20 gigs + 2 gigs (survey) + 2 gigs (UD/Grid.org) / .50 (50% discount for NNTP encoding overhead only) = 48 gigs to your harddrive

Detailed explanation:

Assuming you're an "Easynews Plus" account holder and you only use our NNTP server using a newsreader application without using our members website, you will be able to transfer up to 88 gigs to your hard drive for every 40 gigs in your gig bank + the 4 gigs from participating in the UD/Grid.org program and taking the survey. Only 50% of the bytes you transfer off of the nntp server are counted in your usage. Hence, if you transfer a 1 megabyte file to your harddrive from the NNTP server, then only 512 kilobytes of usage will show up for your account.

Here's the math:

  • One gigabyte is 1,073,741,824 bytes (1024 * 1024 * 1024)
  • If you use NNTP exclusively and transfer this much to your harddrive, 50% will be counted in your usage with our service, or .50 * 1,073,741,824 bytes = 536,870,912 bytes = 512 megabytes
  • Your gig bank will always be increased by 40 gigs every month (Easynews Plus account) regardless, but doing the survey AND participating in the UD/Grid.org makes you eligible to ADD up to 4 extra gigabytes a month to your gig bank.
  • This makes you eligible to essentially have a 88 gigabyte limit per month doing the minimum of taking the surveys and only one installation (multiple installations on other computers can earn you more days of CPU time) of the UD/Grid.org setup.