Weekly Classic Computer Trivia Question (20141205)

Mouse mouse at Rodents-Montreal.ORG
Fri Dec 5 21:13:18 CST 2014

>> Assuming that 1 terabyte is 2 ** 40 bytes [...]
> It's not, it's 10**12.

You don't get to tell us how we use language any more than anyone else
does.  Lots of words and phrases have technical meanings in hackish
English different from the meanings the same words carry in mainstream
English; this is just one more example.  (For that matter, if you buy a
"4G" stick of RAM, would you be perfectly happy to get one containing
no more than 4,000,000,000 bytes?  You make it sound as though you
would - but I find that doubtful.)

Or, of course, you can continue to insist on misunderstanding
long-established uses.

See the Jargon File entry for `quantifiers' for more.

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