Re: Changing KB, MB, and GB to KiB, MiB, and GiB in

From: Daniel Phillips (
Date: Wed Jan 02 2002 - 23:23:56 EST

On January 2, 2002 09:17 pm, Timothy Covell wrote:
> On Wednesday 02 January 2002 11:17, Jonathan Amery wrote:
> > In article <> you write:
> > >Engineers not (yet) being familiar with the relatively new SI (and IEEE)
> > >binary prefixes is just about acceptable. "Engineers" that misuse k/K
> > >and (worse!) m/M should be in a different field entirely. The SI system
> > >is generally taught as basic science to pre-teenagers. There is no
> > >excuse!
> >
> > How many of them learn it though?
> >
> > Jonathan (occasionally guilty of s/kB/KB/ himself).
> For the 10th time, the K v. k issue is due to the standards
> body ignoring common sense and following tradition instead.
> All positive powers of ten should have upper-case letters
> (D,H,K,M,T,P)
> and negative powers of ten should use lower-case letters.
> (d,c,m,n,p)

So if the box says '16 mB' flash, that's 16 millibytes, right?

> The KB meaning 2^10 B instead of 10^3 B is just plain dumb,
> and that's why the standards body tried to fix it with KiB.
> But again, this solution was considered to look and sound
> goofy and to be based on stupid mathematical games;
> hence this whole long thread. <rant>A thread which has shown
> to me that most comp. sci. folks lack common sense and
> are pendantic to the max.</rant>

Yes, true, and?

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