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Comment Re:Mebibyte is an idiotic term (Score 1) 366 366

Really... You do realize that disk sectors, file systems, etc. are all Base-2?

Maybe one sector equals a power of two, but the total number of sectors can be anything that the physical disk holds.

If you take a chocolate bar and make it 10% smaller but charge the same price then your margins and profits go up

This has nothing to do with base 2 or base 10. You can just as easily sell a 360GB disk, or any other arbitrary amount.

Comment Re:Mebibyte is an idiotic term (Score 1) 366 366

I love how 1 MB of RAM is 1048576 bytes but 1 MB of storage is now 1000000 bytes of storage

Makes perfect sense. RAM is addressed with a N address lines, giving access to 2^N cells, so base 2 makes sense. For everything else, base 10 makes more sense, especially when you're talking about speeds.

simply because the hard-drive industry decided that they could make more money by using the same term

They didn't make more money because everybody was doing this.

IBM Advanced Systems Group -- a bunch of mindless jerks, who'll be first against the wall when the revolution comes... -- with regrets to D. Adams

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