Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 19th Oct 2012 20:07 UTC
Windows Interesting little tidbit from the Reddit AMA session with Microsoft's Surface team. One Redditor wondered just how much disk space Windows RT takes up - in other words, if you buy the 32GB Surface RT tablet, how much space is left for your stuff? It turns out that while Windows 8 RT is considerably smaller than its Windows 7 x86 predecessor, it's still huge by mobile standards.
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RE[5]: Not quite true
by henderson101 on Mon 22nd Oct 2012 12:05 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Not quite true"
henderson101
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They're not exactly morons. GiB and MiB vs GB and MB is a very, very recent invention. The computer industry always described memory and hard drive storage in terms of Mega/Giga/Kilo- + byte and defined that as 1024 KB (in your world, KiB) = 1MB (again, MiB to you), etc. The Kibi/Mibi/Gibi prefix was invented well after the other standard had been established for over 20 years.

So, basically, the IEC standard prefixed (est circa, 1999) are the "new" kid on the block, versus the old school non SI prefixes (circa ???, but certainly in use from the late 60's, probably earlier.)

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