language misuse (Was: laser scope
ard at p850ug1.demon.co.uk
Thu Mar 26 15:56:36 CDT 2009
> I'm still tilting at 1,024,000 as a "megabyte".
Indeed. Personally I prefer 2^20 (1048576), particularly for things
addressed by a number of 2-stste lines (like all random-access stores,
including most ROMs, etc). For things like disks I _prefer_ 2^20 for
consistency, but I can see the justification for 10^6 (1000000). I can
see no justification for 1024000
> I don't mind the creation of new words. For example, "hassle" is fairly
> recent. But, let's try to avoid misuse of the words that we have.
Ypu have to have new words for new ideas/concepts/devices, etc. That is
not the problem. The prolem comes when there's a perfectly good word with
a precise meaning and j-random-luser insists on misusing it to mean
something differnt (for which there is also a perfectly good word already)
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