[mrtg] Not entirely off topic

Alex van den Bogaerdt alex at slot.hollandcasino.nl
Wed Dec 15 18:57:06 MET 1999


recently there was a discussion about megabytes, megabits etcetera.

I've found this on the net, I think it is worthwhile to read it.

" The confusion is real, as is the potential for incompatibility in
  standards and in implemented systems.  "

" Faced with this reality, the IEEE Standards Board decided that IEEE
  standards will use the conventional, internationally adopted, definitions
  of the SI prefixes. Mega will mean 1 000 000, except that the base-two
  definition may be used (if such usage is explicitly pointed out on a
  case-by-case basis) until such time that prefixes for binary multiples
  are adopted by an appropriate standards body.  "

Entire article:

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