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Posted: 20 May 2012 05:03 AM   [ Ignore ]
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Posted: 20 May 2012 07:23 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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near-death

That can be antedated by a couple of years to 1973. From The Last Third of Life Club by Jerome Ellison, published by United Church Press in 1973. (Google snippet truncated).

One doctor reported a near-death experience of ........

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Posted: 20 May 2012 03:08 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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peta-, comb. form In 1975 the International Committee on Weights and Measures (CIPM) assigned the prefix peta- to the power of 1015, a quadrillion. So a petabyte is 1,000 terabytes, which is 1,000 megabytes.

This appears wrongly formatted. Peta- refers to 10 to the power of 15. This would normally be written 10 [superscript]15[/superscript] but I can’t do superscripts on this forum… so it might be best to replace “the power of 1015” with “10 to the power of 15”.

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Posted: 20 May 2012 05:31 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Unicode has superscript and subscript numerals that work (as long as the characters are implemented in your computer’s version of Unicode) even if the superscript and subscript tags are not supported.  Thus:10¹⁵.

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Posted: 20 May 2012 07:34 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Thus:10¹⁵.

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Posted: 20 May 2012 08:10 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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1 X 10^15 would display on all platforms.

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Posted: 20 May 2012 10:18 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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"So a petabyte is 1,000 terabytes, which is 1,000 megabytes.”

I am hardly a whiz at either math or computer science, but it is my understanding that one petabyte = 1000 terabytes, one terabyte = 1000 gigabytes, and 1 gigabyte = 1000 megabytes.  So, gigabytes seem to have gotten skipped in the definition (unless I’m missing something, which is always a strong possibility whenever I wade into this forum).

Also, at the risk of obnoxious nitpicking, saying a petabyte is 1000 terabytes which is 1000 megabytes would mean, among other things, that 1000 terabytes = 1000 megabytes (again, unless I am missing something).  While its probably obvious to a reader that that’s not what is meant, I think it helps to add in what “one” terabyte is, etc.  Or you could say something like 1 petabyte is 1000 terabytes which is 100,000 (?) gigabytes which is 100,000,000 (???) megabytes.  (The question marks indicating that my confidence in my math is decreasing exponentially).

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Posted: 20 May 2012 11:50 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Svinyard118 - 20 May 2012 10:18 PM

“So a petabyte is 1,000 terabytes, which is 1,000 megabytes.”

Or you could say something like 1 petabyte is 1000 terabytes which is 100,000 (?) gigabytes which is 100,000,000 (???) megabytes.  (The question marks indicating that my confidence in my math is decreasing exponentially).

1 petabyte = 1000 terabytes = 1000 000 gigabytes = 1000 000 000 megabytes = 1000 000 000 000 kilobytes = 1000 000 000 000 000 bytes.

Time was that there were 1024 bytes in a kilobyte (1024 being 2 to the power of 10, and powers of 2 being important in computing) and even today if I buy a 1 GB memory card, it will actually have 1024 x 1024 x 1024 locations (1073741824 locations, 2 to the power of 30). But for most purposes, the straight powers of 10 meanings are now much more common.

Some folks have been trying to push alternative names for the “powers of 2” versions: mebibyte, gibibyte, tebibyte, pebibyte.  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pebibyte)

I wish those folks the best.

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Posted: 21 May 2012 03:15 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Thanks for the corrections. I really botched the peta- entry.

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Posted: 21 May 2012 11:20 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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mebibyte, gibibyte, tebibyte, pebibyte.

I hope these terms (and others sounding similar) catch on. It’s very comforting to reflect on how easy they will be to mumble (or perhaps to gibber) when the last of one’s teeth fall out, and lionellobyte is performed solely with the gums. One could quite comfortably dribble a bit while saying them, too....

;-) x 0.5 (that’s a half-smile, about all I can manage on this note)

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Posted: 21 May 2012 01:09 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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lionello - 21 May 2012 11:20 AM

mebibyte, gibibyte, tebibyte, pebibyte.

I hope these terms (and others sounding similar) catch on. It’s very comforting to reflect on how easy they will be to mumble (or perhaps to gibber) when the last of one’s teeth fall out, and lionellobyte is performed solely with the gums. One could quite comfortably dribble a bit while saying them, too....

;-) x 0.5 (that’s a half-smile, about all I can manage on this note)

Well, you’ve rounded my day off with a full broad smile, lionello, and I con you thanks for it.

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