Le mercredi 13 juin 2007 à 15:19 +0200, Bjørn Ingmar Berg a écrit : > When computers and humans interact (on a technical level) > humans must adapt to the computer, because computers can not. Anyone starting with such assumptions should never design any kind of user interface. > Dealing with chunks of data, addresses, registers, etc. has to be done > in base 2. Even if 1024 is "close enough" to 10^3 for a PHB or > marketing humanoid, that will never make those two numbers equal. And > it must never be allowed to. Computers, computer designers, computer > technicians and most computer programmers will always deal with the > _real_ base 2 numbers like 1024. Which is why they need appropriate units. > Another example. Pi is an irrational number starting with 3.14.... > Sure, it would be easier to "standardize" it to 3.00. Done deal. It > would be easier to remember and more marketable. It would also be > totally useless AND completely wrong. AFAIK some very dumb people > actually managed to decree by law that pi was to equal 3. They had to > stop doing that. This is exactly what you are trying to do: state that 1024 = 1000. > A well-known and very common trait of language is that one given word > can often have more than one specific meaning. When this is the case > you need a context to be sure. This is considered normal, and never a > real problem. This should hold true regarding computers and counting > as well. Yeah, sure. This is why mathematicians always use 3 instead of Pi in calculations. After all they are similar, and you can infer which one is actually being used depending on the context. > I am very convinced the correct solution is always to > educate the public. The world is not flat. The earth is not the > center of the universe. Pi is not 3. A kilobyte is not 1000; it is > 1024 because that is the way computers work. I am convinced the correct solution is to educate the group of blindfold hackers who think 1024 = 1000. It is much easier than educating millions of users. Wake up, Neo. There is a world out there. And in this world, "kilo" means 1000. One thousand. 10³. -- .''`. : :' : We are debian.org. Lower your prices, surrender your code. `. `' We will add your hardware and software distinctiveness to `- our own. Resistance is futile.
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