Ubuntu Desktop Unit Consistency (LP: #369525)

Mackenzie Morgan macoafi at gmail.com
Tue Jun 2 13:37:18 UTC 2009


On Tuesday 02 June 2009 7:19:12 am Andrew Sayers wrote:
> "Mega" is also a problem because accessibility isn't just about the 
> ability to understand something, it's about the amount of mental effort 
> required.  Grab a non-technical friend or family member and ask them how 
> many million in a billion, then how many kilobytes in a megabyte. 
> You'll find they have to think longer and harder to answer the second 
> question, if they can do it at all.  I'm not clear what extra value 
> "mega" provides that's worth so many wasted cycles.

Nor does such tedium matter to them!  What matters is "I have a 4GB MP3 
player.  An MP3 is about 3 or 4 MB, whatever a MB is.  That means I can fit 
about 1000 songs on my MP3 player."  Anything smaller than 1MB is written off 
as sufficiently miniscule.  It's like worrying about a few grains of rice when 
measuring it bushels.  Yes, the grains add up, but when the time comes to make 
more space are you going to scoop out a few grains, or are you going to pitch 
it by the gallon?

-- 
Mackenzie Morgan
http://ubuntulinuxtipstricks.blogspot.com
apt-get moo
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