Ubuntu Desktop Unit Consistency (LP: #369525)

Scott James Remnant scott at canonical.com
Tue Jun 2 09:43:44 UTC 2009

On Tue, 2009-06-02 at 10:23 +0100, Andrew Sayers wrote:

> This is perhaps a bit heretical, but how about correcting "701.2 MB" to 
> "735.2 million bytes"?  As well as the heat produced by the MB/MiB 
> debate in the computer community, laypeople only seem to understand 
> "mega" and "giga" by mapping them to "million" and "billion".
> Using the longer term meets Scott's criteria, makes Ubuntu more 
> accessible, and saves us all a bunch of time explaining what a terabyte 
> is when our parents start getting them.  Even in a small dialogue box, a 
> size of "735.2 mln" doesn't take many more pixels.
Because this is yet another strange postfix or unit that users would
have to learn.

735.2 MB is not confusing if it means ~735,200,000 bytes.

Scott James Remnant
scott at canonical.com
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