Using standardized SI prefixes
Mark at Reitblatt.com
Tue Jun 12 00:56:47 UTC 2007
On 6/11/07, Alex Jones <alex at weej.com> wrote:
> Fine. Stick with Kilobytes, but strictly define it as 10^3 bytes. Just
> choose one over the other and be consistent.
That's not "consistent". Kilobyte has always meant 2^10 bytes. "kilo"
in "kilobyte" is not an SI prefix. SI prefixes only apply to SI
measurements, of which "byte" is not a member. There is no confusion;
the only place where a kilobyte != 2^10 bytes is in hard drive
manufacturer's advertising materials. This is the way it has been for
decades, and it is a perfectly acceptable and desirable standard.
> On Tue, 2007-06-12 at 01:53 +0900, Miles Bader wrote:
> > shirish <shirishag75 at gmail.com> writes:
> > > It isn't just ubuntu or debian but this needs to be done
> > > everywhere.
> > No it doesn't.
> > The "SI binary prefixes" are an abomination.
> > "Kibibytes"? Christ... [Did they try pronouncing these horrid things
> > when "standarizing" them?!?]
> > -Miles
> > --
> > We are all lying in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
> > -Oscar Wilde
> Alex Jones
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