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Re: [opensuse] lsm space giveth and space taketh away: missing space?
  • From: "Carlos E. R." <carlos.e.r@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 02 Sep 2010 14:02:19 +0200
  • Message-id: <4C7F924B.7090706@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
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On 2010-09-02 13:26, Philipp Thomas wrote:
* Carlos E. R. (carlos.e.r@xxxxxxxxxxxx) [20100902 12:59]:

Yes, but the name has changed. 1024 Bytes is now one kibibyte, abbreviated
1 KiB. And 1 KB is now exactly 1000 bytes, following the same rule as for
any other unit of measurement (SI).

I know. But apart from the fact that AFAIK the USA do not follow SI. That
KiB/KB mess was created by people with no knowledge of the computer
environment.

The IEEE no knowledge? >:-)

KB has stood for 1024 bytes for decades before some
beaurocrats went wild and thought that they would have to regulate things
that really needn't.

Rather, the computer people stole the definition of Kilo for their own uses,
changing it to 1024 (a
small 2% error), instead of creating their own new definition. Now that sizes
are in the Tera, the
difference has become very important.


It's like here in Germany some folks demanding to ban all sizes in inch and
always use SI units which would be ridiculous for e.g. CRT/LC screens.

That would be an exageration, and any way, there is no confussion in the names
of the units.

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Cheers / Saludos,

Carlos E. R.
(from 11.2 x86_64 "Emerald" GM (Elessar))
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