Holy cow, I wrote a book!
is in an uproar over a lawsuit charging computer
manufacturers for misleading consumers over hard drive
The manufacturers use the ISO definition,
wherein a "gigabyte" is one billion bytes, even
though most people consider a gigabyte to be 1024
This is a tricky one. The computer industry is itself
inconsistent as to whether the "kilo", "mega",
prefixes refer to powers of ten or powers of two.
The only place you see powers of two is when
describing storage capacity. Everything else is
powers of ten:
Your 1GHz processor is running at one billion cycles
per second, not 1,073,741,824 cycles per second.
Your 28.8K modem runs at 28,800 bytes per second,
not 29,491. And your 19" monitor measures only 17.4"