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Re: billions and billions of stars.... was: Re: Another easter egg in gnome-something...

Daniele Becchi wrote:

> and this is what I found on my italian dictionary
> bilione (billion)
>                 10^9 in Italy, France and USA (and S.I.: thounand million)
>                 10^12   in UK and Germany

(I haven't really been following this thread so maybe this has been said

The UK adopted the "American" system (billion=10^9) a long long time ago
(late 70s?).  For example my (British English) dictionary says:

  1 000 000 000, or Br dated 1 000 000 000 000 

The UK Government and the BBC both use billion=10^9, which means pretty
much everyone must.

Jim Farrand, ML Group,               mailto:farrand@cs.bris.ac.uk
Department of Computer Science,      http://www.cs.bris.ac.uk/~farrand
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