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SubjectRe: Configure.help editorial policy
On Fri, 21 Dec 2001, Benjamin LaHaise wrote:

> So, encouraging non-uniform terminology, breaking applicates *and*
> confusing the hell out of everyone is better? Face it, the only people
> trying to confuse things are the disk vendors. DRAM is sold 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.

And disk vendors aren't even consistant! At least my 30 GB and 40 GB drives
have 60036480 and 80418240 sectors, respectively (512 bytes each).

That computes to 30.7*10^9 and 41.2*10^9 or 28.6*2^30 and 38.3*2^30 bytes.

If you want numbers near 30 and 40 you need to calculate 30.0*10^6*2^10 and
40.2*10^6*2^10!


And as somebody else pointed out, 1 Mbit/s line is't 10^6 bit/s nor 2^20
bit/s line, either, a but 1024000 bit/s line.

=> Even if Configure.help would use kiB, MiB, GiB etc. it wouldn't remove
many of the ambiguities. Is it worth the pain?


> -ben

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