# Hurray for my 1000000000 post!

#### thornc

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In binary....
1000000000 = 512

We, persons that handle computers, have a weird sense of humor don't we!

#### peter

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Congrats Thornc, I quess Dennis would be of the binary charts

#### LT

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Congrats thornc
You bring up something that I have always been curious about.
Why is it that way? Why doesn't 1 gig = and even 1000 mbs?
Why not make it simple like metric?

And Peter .... you're right about Dennis .. he is beyond all and there isn't even any giga scale to measure him

#### Dennis Bassboss

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LT said:
Congrats thornc
You bring up something that I have always been curious about.
Why is it that way? Why doesn't 1 gig = and even 1000 mbs?
Why not make it simple like metric?

And Peter .... you're right about Dennis .. he is beyond all and there isn't even any giga scale to measure him
The U.S are still in the stone age of imperial measurements and farenheits degrees....that's why!
At the image of their politicians...
No wonder spirit can't reply anymore from Mars...

#### thornc

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LT said:
Why is it that way? Why doesn't 1 gig = and even 1000 mbs?
Why not make it simple like metric?

That's simple to explain... it all comes down to the way that computers store information: bits!
Then we get to the ANSI standard for a single caracter: byte, which as we all know is 8bits!

To store a single byte we need 2^3 bits... there isn't any whole number n, that will make 10^n = 8. So for storage computer engineers decided to use powers of 2 instead of 10.
So 1KB=1KiB=2^10=1024, 1MB=1MiB=2^20 and so on....

I enfasize storage, because in communications the International System is used. This international number system uses power of 10, multiples of 3 to make the distinction.
so 1K=10^3=1000, 1M=10^6 an so on!

So a network connection of 10Mb(10 mega bits) mean 10^6=1000000bits passing the cable!

One final question? What's a billion??

NOTE: By ^ I mean to the power of!

#### thornc

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LT said:
And Peter .... you're right about Dennis .. he is beyond all and there isn't even any giga scale to measure him

Well Dennis is at 1C3Ch!
So his post count still fits into a 16bits variable, well in fact he is only using 13 of those 16!

But give him time and he will break the lotto house and the all this systems!

#### gsobier

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1 and 1 = 3 or 2 or 11
thornc said:
In binary....
1000000000 = 512

We, persons that handle computers, have a weird sense of humor don't we!

#### Dennis Bassboss

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Dennis...Dennis....Dennis....What have I done to deserve such a faith???

#### LT

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Thanks thornc for the explanation.

I also am waiting for Dennis to break the lotto house. Then I can ask him to take me fishing.

#### Brad

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thornc said:
>>>One final question? What's a billion??<<<
(British) a Billion = Milliard = 10^9

#### Dennis Bassboss

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LT said:
Thanks thornc for the explanation.

I also am waiting for Dennis to break the lotto house. Then I can ask him to take me fishing.
I will LT!...So better get this fishing tackle box ready...

#### daleks

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i would appreciate it if someone here would please write, in an official capacity, to the banks who hold my pittances, and inform them what \$512 really should be written as.........thanks....and, if you're employed on a regular basis, perhaps a note to your employer........

............ ........i.p.a...... .......molson canadian.....

\$512.00

#### Irvin

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charles2 said:

less bank fees = \$499.00.

Thats what \$512 looks like in a bank account

#### thornc

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Brad said:
(British) a Billion = Milliard = 10^9

Well a Billion according to the International System is a Million of Millions, hence 10^(6^2)= 10^12!! That's probably what americans would call a Trillion!!

Take a look at this
to read a bit about binary representattion.
And this
, and this other for the name of reasoning behind large numbers!!

The ones that we want to win !

#### thornc

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Re: Re: Hurray for my 1000000000 post!

gsobier said:
1 and 1 = 3 or 2 or 11

Hehe that's a good old one!!

#### hypersoniq

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there are only 10 kinds of people in the world...
those who understand binary and those who do not...

#### Brad

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thornc said:
Well a Billion according to the International System is a Million of Millions, hence 10^(6^2)= 10^12!! That's probably what americans would call a Trillion!!

Take a look at this
to read a bit about binary representattion.
And this
, and this other for the name of reasoning behind large numbers!!

The ones that we want to win !
Can't get your links open at the moment to look (must be my cable), but when dealing with American way of doing things , Billion is a thousand Million, hence we're back to 10^9. In fact a dictionary just confirmed it

The irony of all this is that when I first came to Canada from Europe, I had to learn the Imperial system. Just as I got used to it Canada went Metric

Definition: [n] (in the United States) the number that is represented as a one followed by 9 zeros
[n] (in Britain) the number that is represented as a one followed by 12 zeros
[adj] (U.S.) denoting a quantity consisting of one thousand million items or units; (Britain) denoting a quantity consisting of one million million items or units

So my original post should have said 'American' instead of 'British'.

#### Brad

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Finally got thro on the 2nd+3rd links (still no go on the first).

"There is no real hope of resolving the controversy in favor of either system. Americans are not likely to adopt the European nomenclature, and Europeans will always regard the American system as an imposition." How true.

Personally I like the Greek-based system, or the '3n' .