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Another controversial change for Ubuntu 10.04: File size policy


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#31 XerXis

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Posted 25 March 2010 - 17:09

Unless you're from a country that actually use base 10 for their measurements, ie, not inches, feet, yards, stone, puntd and whatever, you are not allowed to complain about kilobytes being 1024 bytes. :p

you mean like every country in the world except the USA :p


#32 Anooxy

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Posted 25 March 2010 - 17:12

while dividing by a power of 2 is a bitshift operation and dividing by a power of 10 is not (yes i've programmed both RISC and CISC processors), and thus you are right about speed. Do you really think that expressing file size according to standards will have an impact on your computer performance?


Obviously not, I'm just explaining that what we've used as 1KiB = 1024 Bit is correct and not wrong.

#33 megamanXplosion

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Posted 25 March 2010 - 17:13

HawkMan, what about us crazy Americans who want to see our country switch to a decimalized system of measurement? Can we complain or not? =P

#34 bogas04

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Posted 25 March 2010 - 17:16

To me its not grey , its not metal , its purple , so its not copied
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#35 Bonfire

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Posted 25 March 2010 - 17:24

you mean like every country in the world except the USA :p


Stone is used in the UK, but yeah. They tried to switch us over in the 70s and we told them to go jump off a cliff.

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Posted 25 March 2010 - 17:29

you mean like every country in the world except the USA :p

Liberia and Burma too.

Everything should be represented in bits! **** kilobytes and kibibytes!

#37 HawkMan

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Posted 25 March 2010 - 17:31

HawkMan, what about us crazy Americans who want to see our country switch to a decimalized system of measurement? Can we complain or not? =P


Not untill you do something about it, no :p

#38 Growled

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Posted 25 March 2010 - 17:33

Doesn't it seem that Ubuntu is getting a bad case of OS X envy?

Big time. I guess if you're going to copy, copy from the best. ;)

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Posted 25 March 2010 - 22:01

The IEC resolution that defined that was only passed in 1999. Those of us who have been using computers since the early 80's (or longer) know better.

kilo is taken from the metric system which has it's origins around 400 years ago. The prefix 'kilo' itself derives form a similar-sounding greek word meaning thousand.

#40 Kirkburn

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Posted 25 March 2010 - 23:48

Y'know, it's hardly an earth shattering change.

It's not preventing the 1,024 method of calculation from existing, just correcting the terminology used ... and it's a change that's long overdue. Just because it's "always been wrong" doesn't mean it has to stay that way.

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Posted 26 March 2010 - 02:17

Y'know, it's hardly an earth shattering change.

It's not preventing the 1,024 method of calculation from existing, just correcting the terminology used ... and it's a change that's long overdue. Just because it's "always been wrong" doesn't mean it has to stay that way.

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Good for Ubuntu (and I don't say that often :p)

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Posted 26 March 2010 - 02:25

This is the wrong place where 'dumbing-down' of Ubuntu needs to happen (in order to increase user-friendliness). :no:

Edited by Udedenkz, 26 March 2010 - 02:25.


#43 Growled

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Posted 26 March 2010 - 02:53

I doubt if most users will either know or care about this.

#44 vetAndrew Lyle

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Posted 26 March 2010 - 05:00

Why change something after so many years? People need to learn computers work on the base2 structure and not base10.

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Posted 26 March 2010 - 12:06

Why change something after so many years? People need to learn computers work on the base2 structure and not base10.

Do average users really need to know that? In order to send emails, use Facebook and what-not?