Devel update

Christopher Chan christopher.chan at bradbury.edu.hk
Wed Jun 10 01:27:32 UTC 2009


> Those were the substantive issues for this month.  Waaaay too much time was 
> spent explaining to a single user why it really _is_ a good idea for apps to 
> report byte counts in either powers of 10 (KB, MB, GB, TB) or powers of 2 
> (KiB, MiB, GiB, TiB) and that _meaning_ powers of 2 but _writing_ KB, etc, 
> was not a good idea.  And then there was the rant about Mono being EVIL.
>   

Bah. More like there is general ignorance about IEC units (kibibyte, 
mebibyte, gibibytes, tebibytes aka KiB, MiB, GiB, TiB) and that there is 
a wish to return to the original meaning of SI prefixes just like what 
the hard disk and network equipment manufacturers have done.

Hands up those who want Ubuntu to report 1000 multiples of bytes as KB, 
MB, GB, TB while other operating systems (including other Linux distros) 
are still using the erroneous convention of reporting 1024 multiples of 
bytes as KB, MB, GB, TB and not Kib, MiB, GiB, TiB.

Hands up those who want Ubuntu to stick to convention.

Hands up those who want Ubuntu to wait till there is an operating system 
standard like POSIX that declares convention dead and standards are in 
vogue.

Oh, please send replies/votes to the sounder list as they don't like 
discussions about Ubuntu on the ubuntu-users list. Remember, this is 
technical support only.




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