Using standardized SI prefixes

Scott James Remnant scott at
Tue Jun 12 11:30:20 UTC 2007

On Tue, 2007-06-12 at 13:01 +0200, Christof Kr├╝ger wrote:

> Let me give you an example from the real world:
> There was a bridge to build over the river Rhine connecting Switzerland
> and Germany. You have to know that sea levels are defined differently in
> both countries so if you plan to build a bridge you have to take it into
> account. Well, the engineers tried to, but they've substracted instead
> of adding (or vice versa) and so they had to lower the road 54cm on the
> other side to match the bridge. Read here:
> This would not have happened if they had the same reference point for
> the sea level. I'm convinced that in the fast-paced computer world such
> a unification should be possible.
This is a strong advocation for using powers of ten everywhere, and
abolishing the use of powers of two multiples altogether, no?

Scott James Remnant
Ubuntu Development Manager
scott at
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