LKML Archive on lore.kernel.org
help / color / mirror / Atom feed
From: "linux-os \(Dick Johnson\)" <linux-os@analogic.com>
To: "Lennart Sorensen" <lsorense@csclub.uwaterloo.ca>
Cc: "Alan" <alan@lxorguk.ukuu.org.uk>,
	"Jan Engelhardt" <jengelh@linux01.gwdg.de>,
	"Eduard Bloch" <edi@gmx.de>, "Bodo Eggert" <7eggert@gmx.de>,
	"Tony Foiani" <tkil@scrye.com>,
	"Leon Woestenberg" <leon.woestenberg@gmail.com>,
	<linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org>,
	"David Schwartz" <davids@webmaster.com>
Subject: Re: PROBLEM: KB->KiB, MB -> MiB, ... (IEC 60027-2)
Date: Mon, 22 Jan 2007 16:17:40 -0500	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.61.0701221556130.26037@chaos.analogic.com> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <20070122204412.GB7582@csclub.uwaterloo.ca>


On Mon, 22 Jan 2007, Lennart Sorensen wrote:

> On Mon, Jan 22, 2007 at 06:36:19PM +0000, Alan wrote:
>> K is Kelvin, k is kilo-
>
> K is a unit is Kelvin, k/K as a prefix is kilo.
>
>> See ISO 31. There is a standard for this stuff which is used worldwide
>> and only bits of the computing industry appear incapable of following it.
>
> --
> Len Sorensen

Perhaps. However, in the days of kilomegacycles (KMC), micromicrofarads
(MMFD), and megohms (MEG), few misunderstood what was being read. Now,
with the international symbols (http://www.bipm.org/si/si_brochure/)
many seem downright confounded because it has turned out be be more
politics than engineering. I well remember an early chart being published
with cycles-per-second as the ordinate and hertz as the abscissa.

There are now "advertising units" where a gigabyte is something greater
than what's really on the drive, where power consumption, clock speeds,
transfer rates, acoustic noise, and other technical specifications
do not have any basis in reality.

It is probably caused by the relegation of computers to "consumer goods."
Such goods brought out such hype as IHF audio power ratings, and EPA
mileage, which have nothing whatsoever to do with reality. It's not just
the specs. In the United States, check out your telephone bill. What
is supposed to be a US$29.95 service, bills out at nearly US$40.00.
"There are lies --and damned lies..."

Cheers,
Dick Johnson
Penguin : Linux version 2.6.16.24 on an i686 machine (5592.59 BogoMips).
New book: http://www.AbominableFirebug.com/
_
\x1a\x04

****************************************************************
The information transmitted in this message is confidential and may be privileged.  Any review, retransmission, dissemination, or other use of this information by persons or entities other than the intended recipient is prohibited.  If you are not the intended recipient, please notify Analogic Corporation immediately - by replying to this message or by sending an email to DeliveryErrors@analogic.com - and destroy all copies of this information, including any attachments, without reading or disclosing them.

Thank you.

  reply	other threads:[~2007-01-22 21:17 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 38+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
     [not found] <7FsPf-51s-9@gated-at.bofh.it>
     [not found] ` <7FxlV-3sb-1@gated-at.bofh.it>
     [not found]   ` <7FyUF-5XD-21@gated-at.bofh.it>
2007-01-21 10:40     ` Bodo Eggert
2007-01-21 11:10       ` Eduard Bloch
2007-01-21 22:08         ` Stefan Richter
2007-01-22 15:53         ` Lennart Sorensen
2007-01-22 16:58           ` Jan Engelhardt
2007-01-22 18:36             ` Alan
2007-01-22 19:24               ` Tony Foiani
2007-01-22 22:26                 ` Bodo Eggert
2007-01-22 20:44               ` Lennart Sorensen
2007-01-22 21:17                 ` linux-os (Dick Johnson) [this message]
2007-01-22 20:43             ` Lennart Sorensen
2007-01-22 21:22               ` Jan Engelhardt
2007-01-21 14:45       ` Benny Amorsen
2007-01-21 15:06       ` Heikki Orsila
2007-01-21 21:27         ` Jan Engelhardt
2007-01-22  1:56           ` Krzysztof Halasa
2007-01-22 10:39             ` Bernd Petrovitsch
2007-01-22 10:48             ` Andreas Schwab
2007-01-23  1:04               ` Krzysztof Halasa
2007-01-23  1:45                 ` Jan Engelhardt
2007-01-23  9:23                 ` Andreas Schwab
2007-01-23 13:14                   ` Krzysztof Halasa
2007-01-20  8:08 Michał Kudła
2007-01-20 10:29 ` David Schwartz
2007-01-20 18:07   ` Leon Woestenberg
2007-01-20 22:54     ` David Schwartz
2007-01-21  0:07       ` Tony Foiani
2007-01-21 21:12         ` Jan Engelhardt
2007-01-22  6:45           ` Tony Foiani
2007-01-22  8:25           ` Roland Kuhn
2007-01-22 15:43           ` Lennart Sorensen
2007-01-21  7:11       ` H. Peter Anvin
2007-01-21 20:03         ` Geert Uytterhoeven
2007-01-21 20:06           ` H. Peter Anvin
2007-01-21 17:04       ` Leon Woestenberg
2007-01-21 22:12         ` David Schwartz
2007-01-22  8:49           ` Benny Amorsen
2007-01-27 15:06 ` Andries Brouwer

Reply instructions:

You may reply publicly to this message via plain-text email
using any one of the following methods:

* Save the following mbox file, import it into your mail client,
  and reply-to-all from there: mbox

  Avoid top-posting and favor interleaved quoting:
  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Posting_style#Interleaved_style

* Reply using the --to, --cc, and --in-reply-to
  switches of git-send-email(1):

  git send-email \
    --in-reply-to=Pine.LNX.4.61.0701221556130.26037@chaos.analogic.com \
    --to=linux-os@analogic.com \
    --cc=7eggert@gmx.de \
    --cc=alan@lxorguk.ukuu.org.uk \
    --cc=davids@webmaster.com \
    --cc=edi@gmx.de \
    --cc=jengelh@linux01.gwdg.de \
    --cc=leon.woestenberg@gmail.com \
    --cc=linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org \
    --cc=lsorense@csclub.uwaterloo.ca \
    --cc=tkil@scrye.com \
    --subject='Re: PROBLEM: KB->KiB, MB -> MiB, ... (IEC 60027-2)' \
    /path/to/YOUR_REPLY

  https://kernel.org/pub/software/scm/git/docs/git-send-email.html

* If your mail client supports setting the In-Reply-To header
  via mailto: links, try the mailto: link

This is a public inbox, see mirroring instructions
for how to clone and mirror all data and code used for this inbox;
as well as URLs for NNTP newsgroup(s).