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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Networking hardware typically uses "K = 1000"

They are also wrong, or not using the S. I. prefix. In S. I. the kilo prefix is lower case k, and uppercase case means Kelvin.

From a Mathematical point of view. b for bit is right, but byte shouldn't be B. The Mathematical scales are in uppercase when they represent the name of a scale that was named in honor of someone, and in lowercase for the rest. So stand for N = Newton, K = Kelvin, C = Celsius, Hz = Hertz, m = meter, s = seconds and so on.

But remember that in computer science we love to create a lots of standards that break every previous standards. And we write the scales the way they look better and not the way we should.

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