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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A better proposal
by Alfman on Wed 30th Jan 2013 18:36 UTC
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Why not just list both the total disk space as well as usable disk space?

Edit: I dislike Arment's proposal on the basis that it invents a new form of ambiguity between his definition and current industry practice, consider:

"23GB windows tablet versus 32GB apple tablet"

Are these specs for total disk space? Usable space? Are both tablets measuring the same thing?

I hereby propose a new unit, the Arment, abbreviated ar:

1KarB = 1 thousand usable bytes
1MarB = 1 million usable bytes
1GarB = 1 billion usable bytes

"23GarB window tablet versus 32GB apple tablet"

Ah, the units tell us that we're comparing apples to oranges...which means they've done their job well. ;)

Also, the FCC might mandate ISPs to publish Arment units as well to distinguish between theoretical throughput and actual throughput "With HappyClownISP, you'll get amazingly fast 55Mb/s connectivity (10Marb/s)"

Edited 2013-01-30 18:56 UTC

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