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Re: Using standardized SI prefixes

On 6/11/07, Alex Jones <alex@weej.com> wrote:
Fine. Stick with Kilobytes, but strictly define it as 10^3 bytes. Just
choose one over the other and be consistent.

That's not "consistent". Kilobyte has always meant 2^10 bytes. "kilo"
in "kilobyte" is not an SI prefix. SI prefixes only apply to SI
measurements, of which "byte" is not a member. There is no confusion;
the only place where a kilobyte != 2^10 bytes is in hard drive
manufacturer's advertising materials. This is the way it has been for
decades, and it is a perfectly acceptable and desirable standard.

On Tue, 2007-06-12 at 01:53 +0900, Miles Bader wrote:
> shirish <shirishag75@gmail.com> writes:
> >     It isn't just ubuntu or debian but this needs to be done
> > everywhere.
> No it doesn't.
> The "SI binary prefixes" are an abomination.
> "Kibibytes"?  Christ...  [Did they try pronouncing these horrid things
> when "standarizing" them?!?]
> -Miles
> --
> We are all lying in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
> -Oscar Wilde
Alex Jones

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