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#113851 - 10/23/03 07:01 AM Re: A question of loot
Faldage Offline
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The advantage of using G for 10^9 is that it *isn't ambiguous {unless you consider the meaning G(rand)=1000 ambiguity}.


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#113852 - 10/23/03 10:22 AM Re: A question of loot
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But using G is only useful if people know what it means.

I'm thinking they should put the full meaning in parentheses until people recognise the term. Nobody I asked knew what it meant...well, only Hubby the Chartered accountant did.

If you're going to report on news, shouldn't you report in a way that the people understand your message?


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#113853 - 10/23/03 10:27 AM Re: A question of loot
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It's pretty common in computer terminology. How big's your hard drive?


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#113854 - 10/23/03 10:46 AM Re: A question of loot
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Dunno. Is my hard drive in that beige box sitting beside my desk? oooo, or which hard drive are you talking about? woo-woo

All kidding aside though, if I ask any of the folks (exept I.T. guy, bien entendu) what a giga(byte) meant they'd have no clue apart from it is a big file that make it possible to make your computer go faster. And the link between that and money is non-existant.


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#113855 - 10/23/03 07:14 PM Re: A question of loot
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bel, I personally would never bandy a billion in any variation. And as for a big file that make it possible to make your computer go faster. And the link between that and money is non-existant. Have you checked out the prices in computer stores recently?


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#113856 - 10/23/03 10:02 PM Re: A question of loot
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Oof, you're right there. I have to get a laptop for work (well, I'm on the third try in a month actually) and we're up to some 3,000$.


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#113857 - 10/24/03 07:03 AM Re: A question of loot
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we're up to some 3,000$.

Hey, another two thou and you'll can buy you an Eckerds..


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#113858 - 10/24/03 01:24 PM Re: A question of loot
belMarduk Offline
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...can buy you an Eckerds

Faldage, did you take journalism classes...you shimmied us back to the starting point in a turn of a phrase - Just like they teach you. I give you an A


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