Ubuntu Desktop Unit Consistency (LP: #369525)
christopher.chan at bradbury.edu.hk
Tue Jun 2 05:22:28 UTC 2009
Benjamin Drung wrote:
> Am Dienstag, den 02.06.2009, 12:45 +0800 schrieb Christopher Chan:
>> Nils Kassube wrote:
>>> Christopher Chan wrote:
>>>> That stupid IEC standard is at complete odds with the way computers
>>>> operate. I don't want to have to miscalculate just because tools
>>>> started following stupidity and gave me numbers that were rounded up
>>>> or down. Take this MB/Mib nonsense and stuff it. As a system
>>>> administrator, I am having NONE of it.
>>> Why do you refuse to learn something new?
>> Ha! Why should I learn something that is NOT STANDARD? Yap all you like
>> about IEC and whoever else but until this thing is consistent not only
>> across all Linux distributions but also across other operating systems
>> like the BSDs, Mac OS X, members of the UNIX family (Solaris,
>> OpenSolaris, AIX) and Windows I am not having any of it.
> It is a _standard_! Standards are for making our lives easier (except
> the Open XML standard). Have a look at
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Binary_prefix#Software . The Linux kernel,
> gnome-network and gnome-system-monitor uses it for example.
Except THIS standard is not making lives easier. Not yet anyway.
>> A bunch of academics gets together and says, no, you cannot call that
>> whatever, call it crumbybyte and nobody has paid much attention for the
>> last decade. Great.
> So do you agree to use the ell for measuring the distance instead using
> the SI standard?
It is not a case of whether I agree. It is a case of what is used. Here
in Hong Kong we use all sorts of measuring standards. We don't measure
flats in sq.m. We measure in sq.ft. But we measure distances in km and
not miles. We use whatever others agree on.
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