[FFmpeg-devel] GSoC with FFMpeg waht a combination!

Måns Rullgård mans
Wed Mar 26 02:43:52 CET 2008

Uoti Urpala <uoti.urpala at pp1.inet.fi> writes:

> On Wed, 2008-03-26 at 00:26 +0000, M?ns Rullg?rd wrote:
>> The Wanderer <inverseparadox at comcast.net> writes:
>> > I was fairly heavily involved in that thread, if it's the one I recall.
>> > The argument in there is what has led me to reluctantly concede for lack
>> > of supportable argument otherwise that others are allowed to use the
>> > term if they want to.
>> I see no reason to tolerate this so-called word to any greater extent
>> than we would the renaming of other established words.  Suppose, for
>> instance, that I began insisting on calling C functions "finctions"
>> (perhaps to avoid "confusion" with the pure mathematical concept of
>> function).  Would everybody be OK with that?  I'd like to think not.
> I wouldn't be OK with it because practical ambiguity is rare. However if
> such ambiguity was common then the terminology would need to be changed.
> Uses of base-10 and base-2 units are not separated clearly enough that
> you could rely on context to disambiguate them.

It worked fine until hard drive manufacturers saw a way to screw their
customers.  Looks like you swallowed their bait.

> If for example 'ls -l' shows file size as 183297384 bytes then I'll say
> it's 183 MB. Would that really be obvious from context if I also used
> 'MB' when talking about base-2 units? Or do you claim that I must
> convert the value to base-2 units?

Of course you should.  That's what ls -lh (GNU) does.

M?ns Rullg?rd
mans at mansr.com

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