Re: GB vs. MB

Steffen Grunewald (
Thu, 28 Nov 1996 10:42:41 +0100 (MET)

"Leonard N. Zubkoff writes"
|> Let's face it -- the original fault with KB/MB is in using the same prefixes
|> that already had definitions for a different purpose. The scientific community
|> has used K for kilo = 1000 and M for mega = 1000000 for quite a long time.


you are slightly incorrect this time... To do my daily nitpicking, it was
the prefix "k", not "K" that was (and still is) used for 10^3. Capital K
was introduced by computing for 2^10. Unfortunately there is no way to
further capitalize a capital M ...
Same way we have to distinguish "B" and "b" for transfer rates...
Just my $0.00 worth.

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