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SubjectRe: editorial policy
On Sat, Dec 22, 2001 at 12:32:54AM +0000, Alan Cox wrote:
> > by the MB, everyone talks about MB == 1024*1024... I'm having a
> > hard time giving a sympathetic ear to anyone try to change the well
> > established, and consistent (barring the storage venduhs), standard.
> If someone sells you 16MB of RAM and it turns out to be 16,000,000 bytes,
> not only would it be appropriate use of units, it would be quite reasonable
> as far as I can see to say it was in accordance with labelling of products.
> The world did not begin in 1970, A-Za-z is not English collate order and
> M is 1,000,000. When computing meets the rest of planet earth usages for
> the odd hundred years its hard to see any reason to believe we are "right"
> Eric using MiB seems the right thing. Its an ugly but appropriate unit, its
> at least recommended as a solution by a standards body. We can either
> redefine SI units ("You cannot change the laws of physics") or find a better
> label. What better than a recommended one others use.

The only problem is that M = 10^6 plus Mi = 2^20 don't cover the usages ...

4Mbit bandwidth is usually 4 * 10^3 * 2^10 bits per second.
20GB harddrive is usually 20 * 10^6 * 2^10 bytes.

The confusion is there. It can't be erradicated by adding Mi's and Gi's,
because they don't cover the whole spectrum.

Well, maybe we could have a 4 kKib/s connection and a 20 MKiB drive, but
that'd be even more confusing than what we have now.

Vojtech Pavlik
SuSE Labs
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