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 Date Tue, 17 Dec 1996 13:59:24 -0800 (PST) From Taner Halicioglu <> Subject GB vs MB crap
`If you look in any physics or math or other textbook, you will see thedefinitions for:Kilo - 10^3  (1,000)Mega - 10^6  (1,000,000)Giga - 10^9  (1,000,000,000)Tera - 10^12 (1,000,000,000,000)In the computer world, these were converted to the closest power of 2:(K) 2^10 = 1,024(M) 2^20 = 1,048,576(G) 2^30 = 1,073,741,824(T) 2^40 = 1,099,511,627,776If a vendor says a drive is "540 MB" or even "540 MegaBytes", he couldrealistically mean either.  Most will actually say (in small print) "XXXXcorporation defines MB as 1,000,000 Bytes".  Even if they didn't define 'MB', you should consider yourself lucky ifthey actually gave you 2^20 bits, rather than 10^6 :-)Having two conflicting definitions for the power prefixes (Kilo, Mega,etc) is sometimes confusing - but always annoying :-)Anyway, why are we discussing this here?  Let's forget about it, or leaveit for another mailing list :P	-Taner-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=[ D. Taner Halicioglu ]=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-     taner@CERF.NET   -=-   taner@ucsd.edu   -=-   taner@sdsc.edu IRC Admin: irc.cerf.net -=- U. of California, San Diego, Computer Sci.  PGP fingerprint =  B2 D3 C2 B2 2E 39 58 A8  F5 6E 69 6C A4 BA 9F 03-=-=-=-=-=-=[ Linux 2.1.* OS -- http://www.sdsc.edu/~taner/ ]=-=-=-=-=-`

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