December 18, 2006

More Moore

Writing about web page http://physics.nist.gov/cuu/Units/binary.html

OK pedantic I know, but I realise I’ve failed to distinguish between two things – bits and bytes and binary prefixes and actual prefixes. These are all very much orders of magnitude here, so who really cares, but just to be accurate – my computer is 70GiB not 70Gib. My brain is 1Gb not 1GB (so that’s even more pathetic than I said in my last entry). Also the computers of the future should really be described with binary prefiixes not standard ones. Pebibytes and exbibytes, for example, but that just sounds daft. Not as bad as yobibytes though. Sounds like some new chav snack food.


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