[RFC] SI Units in KDE

Neil Stevens neil at qualityassistant.com
Fri Sep 20 09:56:15 BST 2002

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On Friday September 20, 2002 01:11, Lubos Lunak wrote:
> On Friday 20 September 2002 00:01, Neil Stevens wrote:
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> > On Thursday September 19, 2002 02:58, Ryan Cumming wrote:
> > > Oh, there is no doubt that the disc drive market switched to true SI
> > > units primarily as a marketing ploy. The point is to align ourselves
> > > with accepted metric units, not the greedy mass media corporations.
> > > ;)
> >
> > Perhaps this, and all other units, should be somewhere in KControl.
>  This is silly discussion. Is somebody going to suggest we add a unit
> 'dozen' because some people use it? Oh, and some people actually use
> kilo == 100, don't forget that one.
>  Please read the first mail in thread again, including the linked page,
> it explains all the what's and why's.

Making a web page about something doesn't make it true.  This hijacking of 
kilobyte is just an attempt to rewrite history, and is as doomed to fail 
as the crusade against calling 2000 the new millennium, or against the 
popular meaning of "hacker."

>  MB is officially 1000000. MiB is 1048576. And people are starting to
> use MiB instead of the now a bit ambiguous MB when they mean 1048576,
> albeit slowly.

Some self-appointed group may say at the top of their lungs that a Kibibyte 
is officially 1024 bytes, but that doesn't change how stupid that sounds, 
and it doesn't dislodge decades of history.

But the important thing here is the configurability.  Even if you dismiss 
that there is an established tradition for a kilobyte being 1024 bytes, 
you're not going to be able to dismiss other established unit systems so 

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