Ubuntu Desktop Unit Consistency (LP: #369525)

Chan Chung Hang Christopher christopher.chan at bradbury.edu.hk
Wed Jun 3 15:07:16 UTC 2009

> A general consensus was reached that MB means powers of ten, MiB means
> powers of two, and that places where MB is used to mean powers of two
> are bugs.  (Common sense, really)
Yawn. An UBUNTU consensus. Hardly general. Oh, I forgot, this is an 
ubuntu list, nothing else exists.

> We also generally tended to agree that it was always better to present
> numbers in MB rather than MiB, as file sizes, disk sizes, bandwidth,
> etc. are all counted in MB anyway.
File sizes are counted as MiB and you cannot prove otherwise because 
that is what the CONVERSION code is for. If file sizes were counted in 
MB, there would be no need for conversion code to MB.

Disk sizes and bandwidth are all counted in MB...by their manufacturers. 
Disk sizes are definitely NOT counted in MB by operating systems. Not 
even by GNU toolchains.

Nice fantasy world you live in. How about facing reality and making 
statements based on reality?

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