`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>>>> http://www.dict.org).>>> >>> 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 expressionsRight.8 Bit = 1 Byte1024 Byte = 1 KB1024 KB = 1 MB1024 MB ...So we are talking about that, beacuse the X-Byte is defined as 1024 and notas 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 saynearly 1 MB.> With the new measures those would be a megabyte, a mebibyte, and 1,024> kilobytes respectively.That's the sense of them.Rene-To unsubscribe from this list: send the line "unsubscribe linux-kernel" inthe body of a message to majordomo@vger.kernel.orgMore majordomo info at  http://vger.kernel.org/majordomo-info.htmlPlease read the FAQ at  http://www.tux.org/lkml/`