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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This came up not long ago...

You are absolutely right, CS guys hijacking the SI units was a bad move and was rather shortsighted. We need to continue emphasizing the correct use of units. The industry is largely using the correct units now so I think we're headed in the right direction. Hopefully someday our descendents won't need to second guess what a unit means.

Edited 2013-01-30 18:21 UTC

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