Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 30th Jan 2013 00:38 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Marco Arment: "Everyone should play by the same rules. A proposal: storage capacities referenced or implied in the names or advertisements for personal computers, tablets, and smartphones should not exceed the amount of space available for end-user installation of third-party applications and data, after enough software has been installed to enable all commonly advertised functionality. With today's OSes, iPads could advertise capacities no larger than 12, 28, 60, and 124 GB and the Surface Pros could be named 23 and 83 GB." Wholly agreed. When I buy a box of 100 staples, I expect it to contain ~100 staples - not 50 because the other 50 are holding the box together.
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Brendan
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2005-11-16

Hi,

Congratulations on this years most arrogant and silly post so far. Don't get your hopes up though, the year is young.


May I assume you're trying to win back the crown?

Calling people uneducated simply because they dissagree with you makes you sound opinionated. Your reputation doesn't improve when you try to provide an example of why you're right, and only succeed in proving the opposite point.


But calling my post arrogant and silly just because it disagrees with you is awesome!

I asked why anyone would need to know how many bytes there are in a MB/GB/TB.


And I made up an example to highlight how things get more confusing once you start mixing different systems.

You gave this silly and contrived example:


And you completely missed the point. I'm still trying to figure out if you've deliberately missed the point, or if you're simply not smart enough to see it.

Why was it always wrong? It never complied with any standard, simply because there wasn't one. That doesn't make it wrong at all.


You can't see the difference between "no standard applies" and "misusing something that is both an established standard and common usage"?

Do you understand that "kilo" comes from the Greek word for "thousand" and was probably in use for centuries before it even became an international standard?

Can you see how this is like taking the word "dozen" and using it to mean "thirteen", then attempting to argue that it's correct to do so?

If your answer to the 3 questions above is "no", then I don't think it's reasonable for you to complain about me calling you uneducated.

- Brendan

Edited 2013-01-30 18:21 UTC

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