Boost logo

Boost :

From: Kevin Lynch (krlynch_at_[hidden])
Date: 2007-01-17 12:18:11

Matthias Schabel wrote:
> The rationale for this approach is that a
> kilometer in the MKS system really is 1000 meters, just as a kilobyte
> is 2^10 bytes...

Poking my head into the discussion with a completely offtopic comment:

This is "incorrect" as a matter of standards and clear communication.
kilo = 10^3 in the MKS (SI) system, never ever 1024. The IEEE
recommends a list of "binary prefixes" (IEC 60027-2/IEEE 1541) for
computer usage. For instance, "Kibi" for 1024, with prefix Ki.
Similarly for Mebi, Gibi, etc. I heartily recommend this practice for
reduction of ambiguity, and I note that it is (very) slowly catching on
around the Net. It's also the subject of a legal standardization
process in the EU (prEN 60027-2:2006)

Of course, this has no bearing on the library under discussion :-) Back
to lurking ...

Kevin Lynch				voice:	(617) 353-6025
Physics Department			Fax: (617) 353-9393
Boston University			office:	 PRB-361
590 Commonwealth Ave.			e-mail:	 krlynch_at_[hidden]
Boston, MA 02215 USA

Boost list run by bdawes at, gregod at, cpdaniel at, john at