On Thu, 1 May 2008, spirals wrote:
[snip justification of base-2 use in computers which, as everyone
here likely understands anyway and doesn't disagree with, missed the
> Thus I suggest it is not illiteracy but knowledge that produced and
> will perpetuate this terminology. I also venture it is those who
> would interfere who lack knowledge.
If you can honestly say you've never had to think about whether an
interface means 10^3^n or 2^10^n when it says GB (or MB or KB), then
you've never seriously used computers. (Even joe-soap end-users are
confronted by this when they buy storage).
I *regularly* get confused by this, whenever I have to use block
device resizing tools - where the wrong assumption potentially could
lead to data-loss.. (I guess every sys-admin should be an engineer).
Further, if we can presume you count yourself as one of those "real
engineers" (seems the implication), your logic boils down to:
"I'm so clever, I can always think my way out of any
ambiguity. If everyone else was as clever and knowledgeable
as me, there would be no problem, therefore there isn't."
Which is obviously an idiotic argument.
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