bits to kbytes

Bax
2011-08-15
2013-05-14
  • Bax
    Bax
    2011-08-15

    When coming to bits and bytes there should be a choice if the prefix kilo means 1000 (what it is right now) or if it should be kilo = 1024 (which I would prefer).
    Any pros or cons on this one?

     
  • Cousteau
    Cousteau
    2012-11-20

    There's already "kibi" or "Ki", which is more accurate.  "kilo" means 1000, "kibi" means 1024.  Same for "mebi", "gibi", etc.

    I don't think it's a good idea to mix these; it would just complicate Qalculate! and introduce an ambiguity that has historically messed up things since it's not always used.  For example, a "200 GB" hard disk drive has 200,000,000,000 bytes, while a "1 GB" RAM has 1,073,741,824 bytes.  And a "1.44 MB" floppy disk has 1.44*1000*1024 bytes.