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Re: [Monotone-devel] kibi!

From: Justin Patrin
Subject: Re: [Monotone-devel] kibi!
Date: Mon, 15 Oct 2007 16:39:53 -0700

On 10/15/07, Chad Walstrom <address@hidden> wrote:
> Zack Weinberg <address@hidden> wrote:
> > As far as I'm concerned, the standard you're citing only serves to
> > enhance confusion when the rule is perfectly simple and was understood
> > by everyone until the hard drive marketeers put their foot in it. 1024
> > bytes should be called a kilobyte, and 1000 bytes should not be called
> > anything.  No exceptions.
> Unfortunately, the hard drive markateers have effectively muddied the
> waters.  Using the "new" definitions for -ibi prefixes clarifies things
> once again.  I'd be for "standardization" on -ibi notation, since it
> really has little impact on monotone as a whole anyway.  Entirely
> cosmetic change.

Except that noone knows what a kibibyte is except us few on this
thread. I'd never heard of such a thing until now. A standard that
isn't used isn't a standard. It is generally understood that kilobyte
means 1024 bytes. The hard drive manufacturers lie and say that 1000
bytes is a kilobyte but as far as I know all other uses of kilobyte
mean 1024 bytes.

I vote to use kilobyte to mean 1024 bytes, as it is now.

Justin Patrin

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