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
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Scott James Remnant
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