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#193 - HumbertoL (08/18/2012) [-]
I saw some people arguing over how large a gigabyte is. Its 1024, not 1000. The reason for that is that computers use binary numbers (as you may know, 0's and 1's) however, most people use decimal, or base 10 numbers. To us humans increments like 10, 100, 1000 make more sense. Basically 10 to the Nth power. To computers, its the same thing but with 2. So numbers like 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, 128, 256, 512 and 1024 just make a whole lot more sense. It's simpler to keep track of 1024 in binary because it looks like 10000000000 rather than the number 1000 which looks like 1111101000.

There more you know.

TL;DR 1024 comes from 2^10
#217 to #193 - mr skeltal (08/18/2012) [-]
I'm sorry, but do you work with computers? Your knowledge is cool, but I actually am a programmer. First of all, "keeping simple track of the number" is a bad description as to why powers of two are used.
Seconds, 1 GB = 1000 MB, why won't you people get it. What's wrong with you? Do you know how to get information? You have to have a reliable source, not something you remember from your distant childhood. Because, guess what! Before 1998, there was no term for the 1024 multiple and everyone did use the term "giga". But they were wrong. No reliable source = false information.
http://physics.nist.gov/cuu/Units/binary.html
Using the term "kilo" for 1024 is nothing more than a kind of programming slang and it's wrong.
At lot of people say "ur" instead of "your", that doesn't make it right even in the slightest bit.
User avatar #227 to #217 - edgeoftheinternet (08/18/2012) [-]
Listen. 1gb = 1024mb. End of.
User avatar #226 to #217 - HumbertoL (08/18/2012) [-]
1. Yes, I am a programmer. A REAL programmer. I was trying to explain it in terms that weren't that technical. I didn't want to get into the discrete math of it.

2. A gigaBYTE is 1024 megabytes. A gigaBIT is 1000 bytes. There is a difference.

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Don't be a dumbass, use google before you try to argue.
#234 to #226 - mr skeltal (08/18/2012) [-]
Fair enough, you provided a link that proves you're right. Well, read this "]http://physics.nist.gov/cuu/Units/binary.html"
What do you thrust most? The IEC or searchstorage? Remember that the ones who wrote those definitions you gave are still people and they can be wrong much like you and I can be.
#231 to #226 - mr skeltal (08/18/2012) [-]
Again, you think you know the answer, and you're wrong.

I'm so glad you made this mistake, and I will now prove to you that you are wrong.

One gibibyte is in fact not 1024 megabyte (which is what mb stands for) but it is 1024 mibibytes (which is abbreviated as MiB).

Now if you had instead said.

"One gigabyte is 1000 mb because of the prefix giga, which is in accordance with the SI units 1000."

You would have been correct until I had proven you wrong.

Now you simply say 1 gibibyte is 1024 mb, and you're wrong, so I respond by providing evidence that what you say is untrue.

There is not a single field in human communications where it is not important to prove what you say.

-IBM Technician.
Here is my reference number you can reach me at: 1929N

Please, feel free.
#243 to #231 - mr skeltal (08/18/2012) [-]
GB and gB are different things. The prefixes used for cs are not SI units. If you think they are, you are a ******* moron.
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