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An anonymous reader writes "When it comes to RAM, as every geek knows, 1 GB does not mean 1 billion bytes.. it means 2**30 (1,073,741,824) bytes. However, several decades ago "they" decided that GB, MB, and KB would be interpreted differently when it comes to disk drives; 1 GB means exactly 1 billion bytes. Ed Bott points out that Microsoft's marketers and Windows kernel developers aren't on the same page when it comes to these units: the marketers use to more generous decimal interpretation, while Windows measures and reports capacity using the binary (2**30) measure. Careful customers who bother to check what they've got have been known to get peeved by the discrepancy."
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When 1 GB is really 0.9313 Gigabytes

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  • All those prefixes have specific base ten meanings.

    A kiloHertz (previously kilocycle) was always 1,000 Hz.

    A kilometer was always 1,000 meters.

    It was the memory people who screwed up.

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