Weekly Classic Computer Trivia Question (20141205)

Fred Cisin cisin at xenosoft.com
Fri Dec 5 23:18:36 CST 2014

> "based on 1GB = 1 billion bytes"

There are even, historically, disputes on what a "billion" is!
(a thousand million  V  a million million)

If "kibi", "mebi", "gibi", [what is T?] were to have been introduced half
a century earlier, then we wouldn't have this ongoing silly fight!

But, does ANYBODY feel that there is any justification for "Megabyte"
being calculated as 10^3 * 2^10 ??!?  (1024,000)
That is what is used, and the only way to come up with a 1.4M floppy being
"1.44MB".  For those not arithmetic challenged, multiply 80 * 2 * 18 * 512

Grumpy Ol' Fred     		cisin at xenosoft.com

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