Ubuntu Desktop Unit Consistency (LP: #369525)

Martin Pitt martin.pitt at ubuntu.com
Mon Jun 1 07:23:25 UTC 2009

Remco [2009-06-01  5:15 +0200]:
> I have a file here of "701.2 MB", which is "735270912 bytes". Now, if
> it really *were* 701.2 MB, then it would be 701200000 bytes. So that's
> clearly base 2, which should be MiB.

Indeed this is a bug which we should fix. It should say "735.3 MB".

> While that may be true, the most useful thing about base 10 is that
> normal humans can actually understand it. We cannot calculate using a
> binary number system. Base 2 is not useful for anything, except
> sometimes in programming.

I'm still inclined to keep the exception for RAM size, though, since
they consistently come in multiples of MiB/GiB. Everything else should
use MB/GB, though.


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