I decided to give the Star Wars: Galaxies Free Trial a go, because I'm a sucker and learned nothing from my initial experience with the game.
The installer works on a strange system whereby it puts up a completely arbitrary set of numbers to represent the time remaining to download -- and then those numbers increase at a steady rate.
I think at one point it told me that the download would finish a short time following the heat-death of the Universe.
I'm assuming that they are sending the information by way of a trail of ants marching their way through the modem cable, each ant carrying an orgone imprint of a 1 or 0 -- upon reaching my end, the ants self-immolate, the moment of their deaths transmitting the information encoded upon them through the ether, captured and translated into electrical signals by some type of Reichian collector.
Oh, and by the way: 200th post!