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    SubjectRe: Changing KB, MB, and GB to KiB, MiB, and GiB in Configure.help.
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    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 expressions

    Right.

    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.

    Rene

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