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

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.

They are called computers simply because computation is the only significant job that has so far been given to them.

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