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From Berin Loritsch <blorit...@apache.org>
Subject Re: [how-to] Contribute with my own tutorial
Date Thu, 28 Feb 2002 16:04:58 GMT
Stefano Mazzocchi wrote:
> TREGAN Fabien wrote:
> 
>>>BTW - what does "2mo" and "20ko" actually mean?
>>>I can guess the meaning, but I've never seen it before.
>>>And Google didn't find a quick answer for me ...
>>>
>>Binary Digit (aka 'bit') is a number that can have to values (0 or 1)
>>An Octet is 8 bits
>>1ko (kilo-octet) is 1024 bits (not 1000 because computer work with bit and
>>then work with powre of 2, not power of 10)
>>1mo (mega-octet) is 1024 ko
>>
> 
> I think that everybody here knows about bits and octets, Fabien :) Just
> that 2Kb is *must* more used than 2Ko.
> 
> Moreover, 'm' means 'milli' and there is no indication of this in
> computer science since there is no 'bit fraction' (well, there is, but
> only for information theory and we are not dealing with that).
> 
> Mega, thus 2^16 is written as 'M' even if scientifically 'mega' means
> 10^6, so using Mb is somewhat wrong in any sense, even if people are so
> used with it that it doesn't really matter.

Don't you mean 2^20?  Because 1,048,576 is closer to 1,000,000 than
65,536.

2^30 is Gb.


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