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

Derek Broughton derek at pointerstop.ca
Wed Apr 8 01:54:10 UTC 2009


Liam Proven wrote:

> 2009/4/6 Matthew Flaschen <matthew.flaschen at gatech.edu>:
>> Liam Proven wrote:
>>> 2009/4/6 J. Limon <jlimon at eml.cc>:
>>>
>>>> Just for comparison, htop reports 3016MB.
>>>>
>>>> - J. Limon
>>>
>>> 3016MB *is* 2.9GB.
>>
>> NO!
> 
> *Yes.*
> 
> The only people who use decimal measurements in computing are the
> sales lizards who right 

_write_, I hope...

> adverts for hard disks, and only the gullible 
> are taken in.
> 
> In computing, KB/MB/GB/TB means the binary powers. This messing around
> with KiB/MiB etc. is never used in any official literature, is not
> widely known, and only confuses beginners. It's pedantry and sophistry
> and it helps nobody.

BS.  GiB is different enough from expectation to warn people, and if people
would _use_ the binary indicators when they mean them, there'd be a whole
lot _less_ confusion of the kind you've been sowing here.  And you're very
wrong about "never used in official literature", because it is very widely
known and _almost_ usual, now.
-- 
derek





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