Jay <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in

news:bl1it3$7426d$(E-Mail Removed)-berlin.de:

> And you are wrong too! Your "No" is quite inappropriate.

> There is nothing wrong with what I said.

> 1024 *is* a decimal number and nothing else.
1024 is no more decimal than any other number! You are confusing a number

with the way the number is being described, 1024 is only one of many names

for that number.

Do you really think that referring to a number in decimal notation really

makes that number uniquely decimal? Having 1024(DEC) apples is no

different from 2^10 apples or 400(HEX), my point being that they are the

same number with only the notation being different.

1024 is many things, not just decimal number. Another way of describing

the number is 2 to the power of 10, this make it a good computer

alternative to the number 1000 we use for the term kilo (also referred to

as 10 to the power of 3).

The original point is that in computer terms 1024 bytes is used for a

kilobyte because 1024 is exactly 2^10, which makes it a good number for the

purpose that it is used. For HDDs the manufacturers have chosen to use the

decimal value of 1000 for Kilo because that gives a bigger number, despite

it being well established that a kilobyte is 1024 bytes.

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Mark Heyes (New Zealand)

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http://homepages.ihug.co.nz/~markh/
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