Weekly Classic Computer Trivia Question (20141205)
bqt at update.uu.se
Fri Dec 5 22:12:24 CST 2014
On 2014-12-06 04:13, Mouse wrote:
>>> 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.)
While you have a half point, Mouse, the fact is that for disk
capacities, the standard is actually to use K to mean 10^3 and not 2^10,
so Fred is absolutely right.
> Or, of course, you can continue to insist on misunderstanding
> long-established uses.
See above. In this case, that is the long-established rule.
(The reason have been suggested in the past that disk manufacturers
started this odd practice (odd for computers that is) a long time ago
since it allowed them to write higher numbers, which looked better for
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