3GiB ram, gnome-system-monitor now says 2.9GiB

Nils Kassube kassube at gmx.net
Tue Apr 7 17:16:09 UTC 2009

Liam Proven wrote:
> In computing, KB/MB/GB/TB means the binary powers.

Not necessarily - bitrates are always decimal.

> This messing 
> around with KiB/MiB etc. is never used in any official literature, is
> not widely known, and only confuses beginners.

IMHO binary units are more confusing and beginners usually don't know 
binary units. Now try to calculate transmission times from bitrates in 
decimal units and file size in binary units :)

> It's pedantry and 
> sophistry and it helps nobody.

Well, computing is about being pedantic if you want to avoid bugs.


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