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Re: Knoppix ISO image is 715MB - How Do I burn it ?

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On Tue, Jun 03, 2003 at 01:56:58PM +0100, Pigeon wrote:
> So a megabyte *is* 1048576 bytes, etc, and I don't think this usage is
> particularly likely to change.

I know I'm not switching just because some industry marketroids think
they can bastardize several decades of standardization, and I really
think it's a bad plan to change now.

> Of course, a megabyte is also 1024000 bytes, eg. when some program
> gives you an output of a figure quoted in kilobytes and you mentally
> shift it three places to the right to get the megabytes.

I've never seen anybody use that definition of a megabyte, it's always
been the (incorrect) 1,000,000 bytes or the (correct) 1,048,576 bytes.

> It is interesting that SCSI hard drive specs do not attempt to mislead
> you by exploiting this confusion.

Well, IDE ones didn't start until the late 1990s brought us a glut of
techotwits who failed high school or couldn't be bothered to keep up
with modern society and thus don't realize that while the measurements
are indeed metric, they're binary, not decimal.

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