Ubuntu Desktop Unit Consistency (LP: #369525)
neal at bcn.boulder.co.us
Tue Jun 2 02:32:45 UTC 2009
On Mon, Jun 01, 2009 at 09:23:25AM +0200, Martin Pitt wrote:
> 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.
I agree. More details and discussion are at this ifconfig bug report,
which came to the same conclusion:
Neal McBurnett http://neal.mcburnett.org/
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