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The metric system
Posted: 12 September 2012 10:23 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 136 ]
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Mriana - 09 September 2012 03:41 PM

I don’t argue you’re definitions, but it seems to me that not all kilos, gigs, megas, etc are exact.  They vary on “approximation”, based on what you are saying, which would make metrics not as great as some people make it out to be.  Thus, I can go in one place and a kilo will be a 1000, but I go somewhere else and it could be 1024 and yet another place 1050. The same with the others.  Those numbers seem to vary all the time, based on human approximation.  So you contend that it is 1000, but I go in to look at a computer and they contend it is 1024.  I use a computer a lot and those are the numbers I have to use, if I remember those numbers, when I talk to a geek or a nerd, if we use numbers at all for what we are discussing.  However, as GdB showed, it’s pretty standard.


The short answer is: yes, the size of harddrives and disks were simply an approximation, the sizes that were actually in powers of two, where approximated as sizes of powers of 10, and so the box labels had merely approximate numbers, always.  Sometimes software used the base 10 approximation, sometimes they used the actual base 2 sizes.  When the sizes were small, the approximations were easier to discuss.

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Posted: 23 November 2012 06:23 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 137 ]
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The entire educated world invests a lot of time to learn English and make good international communication possible. Americans only need a tiny fraction of this to learn the metric system, but it probably reeks of socialism like this whole irrelevant UN, EU thing. Better be a patriot and keep crashing Mars probes.

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Posted: 23 November 2012 12:57 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 138 ]
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We just have to find a profit motive in changing to metric.  For example, the liquor manufacturers were delighted to change from fifths of a quart to 3/4s of a liter.  The bottle looks about the same size, but they get to sell a bit less for the same price.

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Posted: 23 November 2012 04:41 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 139 ]
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Occam. - 23 November 2012 12:57 PM

We just have to find a profit motive in changing to metric.  For example, the liquor manufacturers were delighted to change from fifths of a quart to 3/4s of a liter.  The bottle looks about the same size, but they get to sell a bit less for the same price.

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Don’t tell our gasoline providers.  We’ll be paying $4.00 a liter instead of $4.00 a gallon.

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Posted: 24 November 2012 12:12 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 140 ]
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I think they’re already doing something similar to that in Europe.  LOL

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