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By: Ed Krall       
Date: Oct 01,2003 at 00:08
In Response to: MB instead of KB view. (Juergen Hestermann)

J├╝rgen writes

> Remember that the ISO standard defines 'kilo' to be the factor 1000.
> Having misused this as a factor of 1024 over years for binary numbers
> doesn't make this correct. I think that 1000 *is* the correct factor, even
> if some 'marketing junkies' have dicovered this at first. ;-)

Hooray!
K = kilo = 1000 = 10^3
M = mega = 1000000 = 10^6
These are standards agreed upon internationally.
Unfortunately, we have no convenient abbreviation for exactly 1024 and 1048576.
Worse, the "error" rate increases linearly with the exponent of 10.
So what should Kim do? I would hope he uses the ISO standard terms and values, and not the binary approximations.

Ed

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