Ubuntu Desktop Unit Consistency (LP: #369525)

Mackenzie Morgan macoafi at gmail.com
Tue Jun 2 13:40:16 UTC 2009

On Tuesday 02 June 2009 12:45:50 am Christopher Chan wrote:
> 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?

Something old, really. SI prefixes have been around for well over 100 years.

> Ha! Why should I learn something that is NOT STANDARD? 

Giga, Mega, and KIlo as meaning 1024 of anything is what is non-standard.  
Those prefixes have always been based on 1000, and it was only computer folks 
who screwed it up.  The scientists had these terms first.  The standard TODAY 
is that SI prefixes retain the same meanings in ALL cases while 1024-based 
counting has its own prefixes.

Mackenzie Morgan
apt-get moo
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