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SubjectRe: [OT] Changing KB, MB, and GB to KiB, MiB, and GiB in Configure.hel p.
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On Thursday 20 December 2001 03:12 pm, Wilfried Weissmann wrote:
> [snip]
>
> David Weinehall wrote:
> >>>(no, i'm not arguin, i don't particularly care. but i'm
> >>>pointing out that some people have completely firmly set
> >>>definitions and some other people also have firm definitions
> >>>and neither will agree the other's right. MiB is the
> >>> international standard for a 2^10 B(yte) specification. so if
> >>> you mean 2^10 bytes, you mean MiB, not MB, even if you don't like
> >>> it :)
> >>
> >>This "international" standard seems to have excluded a few
> >> countries. It wasn't until it was SET that I even heard of its
> >> existance. (And then only through SLASHDOT!)
> >>
> >>Everyone I know has been using KB/MB/GB for 1024 forever. The
> >> *only* exception is networking, and the occasional FLASH/ROM size.
> >> The latter isn't very common discussion, and among those that it
> >> is, they'd know what the other was talking about. For the former,
> >> I can distinguish easily depending on who it is.
> >>
> >>Someone without a lot of experience: I have a 1MB connection. (this
> >>user has a 1 Megabit connection)
> >>
> >>Someone with experience: I have a 1mb/Mb connection. (This person
> >> has a 1 megabit connection has used a "standard" abbreviation.)
> >
> > You have a 1 millibit per Megabit connection?!?!
>
> Yeah, she/he uses compression! *ROFL* Sorry, couldn't resist! :)))

engineer 1: how can we drive network users more insane?
engineer 2: new compression scheme!
engineer 1: yeah! how about we add a bunch of random data to the end of
every packet?
engineer2: brilliant!

3 months later:
Nicholas Knight introduces the world to mPM compression.

(translation: DOH!)
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