[OT] Re: [mythtv-users] Recording Bitrates fpr PVR 350
Michael T. Dean
mtdean at thirdcontact.com
Fri Dec 23 12:09:36 EST 2005
Scott Alfter wrote:
>Michael T. Dean wrote:
>>Scott Alfter wrote:
>>>Disk space is cheap. I just record everything at 6 Mbps and call it a day.
>>> With ~340 GB (real gigabytes, not "salesman's gigabytes") across three
>>>drives, I've never run out of space.
>>1 gigabyte = 1GB = 1,000,000,000 bytes
>>1 gibibyte = 1GiB = 1,073,741,824 bytes
>So because the hard-drive manufacturers weren't honest with their labeling,
>we're supposed to use some nut's ghey alternative name? A gigabyte is 2^30
>bytes. It always has been and always will be, and if that sounds like I'm
>having a 40-rods-to-the-hogshead moment, so be it.
Actually, the problem isn't the hard drive manufacturers. The problem
is with the first people to call 2^10 bytes = 1024 bytes a "kilobyte,"
because--believe it or not--kilo meant 1000 long before the kilobyte.
Ask any of those people who live in any of those countries with the
funny base-10 measuring system (think kilogram, kilometer (or is that
kilometre ;), ... ).
Just because the first word you heard to describe 1024 bytes was a
kilobyte doesn't mean it's right. I guess the International
Electrotechnical Commision, in trying to decide on a way to
unambiguously describe both 2^30 bytes and 10^9 bytes, decided that
"gibibyte" and "gigabyte" sounded better than "gigabyte" and "salesman's
gigabyte." And, since the IEC coined these terms, other standards
bodies--including the IEEE and NIST--have adopted them.
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