Ubuntu Desktop Unit Consistency (LP: #369525)

Christopher Chan christopher.chan at bradbury.edu.hk
Wed Jun 3 03:10:57 BST 2009


Dmitrijs Ledkovs wrote:
> 2009/6/3 Christopher Chan <christopher.chan at bradbury.edu.hk>:
>   
>> Mackenzie Morgan wrote:
>>     
>>> On Tuesday 02 June 2009 10:49:57 am Chan Chung Hang Christopher wrote:
>>>
>>>       
>> You're nuts. Decades have been spend in TEACHING kilo/mega/whatever =
>> multiples of 1024 when it comes to computers and now you think just
>> changing that convention silently is okay?
>>
>>
>>     
>
> Yeas I have been tought about 2^10 multiples.....
>   
I don't think you got my point...

I wonder what the latest dinosaur book teaches....

>   
>> What on earth is wrong with you people? Very few people out there know
>> about the whole kibi/mebi/gibi business and you want to cause more
>> confusion by having people download a file that is said to be X Mbytes
>> but Nautilus reports is Y Mbytes?
>>
>>     
>
> kibi/mebi/gibi is your usual 2^10 stuff so no new things
>   

yes it is. kibi/mebi/gibi are pretty alien terms at the moment. Hey, who 
wants to try them on a COMPUTER journalist? Maybe we can get the ball 
rolling.
>   
>> Get the standard incorporated into POSIX, implement along with others
>> and then get the educators 'uneducated' about 1024 multiples. Unless you
>> want people on Ubuntu being the odd ones out when it comes to file
>> sizes. Geez.
>>
>>     
>
> Well not the odd once.
>   
The odd O/S out.

> I you buy a 30GB ipod and plug it in it is reasonable to expect to see
> a 30GB hard-drive which reports so much free space eg 25GB and it is
> resonable that in Nautilus a 25GB folder will fit in 25GB free space
> on the hard-drive.
>
> The 30GB hard-drives are measured in the base 10 though....... so this
> is what we are discussing that even thouse educated people are aware
> of 1024, the actuall storage hardware uses base 10.......
>
> So I think that Nautilus should youse base 10 for the total size,
> while using base 2 for the free & available space and the sizes of
> files.
>
>   

You've completely missed what the whole thread is about. The age old and 
faulty convention is base2 for space and file sizes. That is what the 
Ubuntu team wants to get rid of. But thanks for supporting my 'argument' 
anyway. :-P

Hello Ubuntu team, see where this is going? No OS standard or no across 
the board consensus in the O/S world, no changes yet please.



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