On Thu, 1 May 2008, James McBoyle wrote:
> While the original language meanings may differ, computing has been
> built around the names having base two as their base. Customers are
> right to get angry with people about this (I know this has been
> something I've been arguing about since I got my first winchester
> drive) and should demand things be marked correctly.
The disk drive vendors have done this since year dot. You can't
really blame them for the stupidity of computer scientists and (even
worse) *engineers* co-opting existing terminology in incompatible
The only sane change that can be demanded is to adopt new and
unambigious prefixes for the (2^10)^n ones. (And for the bike-shed
objectors to the chosen prefixes: too late, tough).
Paul Jakma paul at clubi.iepaul at jakma.org Key ID: 64A2FF6A
All language designers are arrogant. Goes with the territory...
-- Larry Wall
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