How big do YOU believe a Mega-byte is?

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How big do YOU believe a Mega-byte is?

A megabyte is 1,000,000 bytes.
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A megabyte is 1,024,000 bytes.
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A megabyte is 1,048,576 bytes.
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It depends, if you're talking about hard disks, it's 1,000,000 bytes if you're talking about Flash, it's 1,048,576 bytes.
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How big do YOU believe a Mega-byte is?

New postby Bud » Thu Oct 07, 2004 10:58 am

I've had actual heated arguments, with very smart and accomplished engineers over this. What's your opinion.

( :lol: Then I went and made a mistake in the poll - now corected, above.)
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Mega-Bite

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New postby Mega-Bite » Fri Oct 08, 2004 11:57 am

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Megabyte
Gives several possible definitions. I love #3 "1 024 000 bytes - 1024 times 1000. This is an (erroneous) definition used by floppy disk manufacturers." :P

Ahh, the power of 2, er, Cheese...

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New postby Bud » Fri Oct 08, 2004 12:28 pm

Yep, I've seen the WikiPedia article. (One of the engineers with which I've had this debate referred to it like it was an authoritative source.) I understand the ambiguity. I think one answer is correct, another is a convenient mis-use of the correct term, and the rest is foolishness. I was just curious what everybody else thought.

(Of course, then I went and confused the issue further by making a mistake in the poll. Doh! *smacks self on forehead*)

PS: Bob, I assume that was you. If you'd like me to change your vote (now that there are other options available) just let me know. :)
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New postby Bud » Fri Oct 08, 2004 12:32 pm

If you want to be even more convinced that people are really just dumb monkeys that have accidently learned to write, somebody give me a definition of a Billion. :roll:

(Please do so without referring to an encylopedia.)

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New postby LyleAustin » Fri Oct 08, 2004 3:36 pm

Is that an American Billion or an English Billion?

Let's get our terminology straight.

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Hmmmm

New postby Bob's cat » Fri Oct 08, 2004 3:49 pm

Uh, Bob didn't vote :). Being a computer geek by profession, he is conflicted
between 2^30 and 10^6, Given file i/o and telecom stuff he deals with both.
However, 2^30 was not one of the choices :lol: Guess he should go with 10^6,
since its the SI standard :roll: I'll vote for him (and keep his post count down).

Billion is fun too :P Culture, Language and national standards get in the way.
Anyway, the general answer is 1,000,000,000.

So we have a bunch of people with Giga-bucks, but only the goverment has
Tera-bucks. Being able to steal and print them helps.

And always remember, Bob's cat is wise (in spite of Bob) 8)

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New postby Bud » Fri Oct 08, 2004 4:26 pm

LyleAustin wrote:Is that an American Billion or an English Billion?

Let's get our terminology straight.


:!: My point exactly :!:

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Re: Hmmmm

New postby Bud » Fri Oct 08, 2004 4:36 pm

Bob's cat wrote:Uh, Bob didn't vote :). Being a computer geek by profession, he is conflicted between 2^30 and 10^6


Um... I'll assume that Bob's cat meant 2^20 (which I believe is one of the choices - now that I've fixed it :lol: ). 2^30 could be called a Gigabyte. Of course, so could 10^9.

Bob's cat wrote:So we have a bunch of people with Giga-bucks, but only the goverment has Tera-bucks. Being able to steal and print them helps.


I've recently had a conversation very much like this as well. :lol:

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