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

On Wed, Jun 04, 2003 at 02:09:05AM -0700, Paul Johnson wrote:
> 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.

The trouble is it isn't standard. SI is a standard; the binary stuff has
broken it. But it hasn't even broken it consistently; when talking about
storage we use powers of 2, but when talking about bandwidth we don't. So
how long will it take me to transfer this file? Beats me.

And "It's a bad plan to change now" usually also means "It will be worse
to change later". Just look at the way all you Americans [ducks away from
Paul] have resisted ditching your obsolete feet, miles, pounds etc. [ducks
away from every other American].

> > 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.

Never seen a 1.44MB floppy? That's actually 1440kB, or 1440 * 1024 bytes.


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