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SubjectRe: Changing KB, MB, and GB to KiB, MiB, and GiB in
Reid Hekman wrote:

> On Fri, 2001-12-21 at 06:50, Rene Engelhard wrote:
>>>> Why? For instance a millibyte/s might be a hearbeat across a LAN every
>>>> hour or so or it might be a control traffic requirement for a deep space
>>>> probe. You might not have an immediate use for the term but it has a
>>>> specific meaning - and certainly isn't "absurd" (see definition on
>>> So, is it 1/1024 or 1/1000 bytes ? :-)
>> 1/1024. Because we are talking about byte.
> What does bytes have to do with anything? Is it
> 1/(2^3 * 10^7) or 1/(2^3 * 2^7)? We're talking about expressing a number
> of "bytes"; terms of the base number system don't have any bearing --
> and that's the problem. RAM and addressing are restricted to expressions


8 Bit = 1 Byte
1024 Byte = 1 KB
1024 KB = 1 MB
1024 MB ...

So we are talking about that, beacuse the X-Byte is defined as 1024 and not
as 1000 of the previous step.

> in terms of binary numbers, as in 2^10, 2^20, etc. Hard drive
> manufacturers feel it's neccessary to express storage in terms of base
> 10 numbers of bytes, even though a sector is 2^9 bytes. In networking,
> absolute numbers of bits on the wire are whats important. Though for
> some reason telecom engineers have pinned megabit as 1,024,000 bits.
> Experienced CS people can glean the proper definition from context, but
> the terms should really lend themselves to accurate definition all the
> time. If I just say off the cuff that I'm going to send you a megabyte
> of data, do I mean 1,000,000 bytes, 1,048,576 bytes, or 1,024,000 bytes?

What _you_ mean can not be determied from me.
But *I* would mean 1.048.574, otherwise I would say the 9xxx number or say
nearly 1 MB.

> With the new measures those would be a megabyte, a mebibyte, and 1,024
> kilobytes respectively.

That's the sense of them.


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