[next] [prev] [up] Date: Mon, 19 Dec 94 03:49:19 -0500
[next] [prev] [up] From: der Mouse <mouse@collatz.mcrcim.mcgill.edu >
[next] [prev] [up] Subject: Re: How Big is Big?

In retrospect, the aspect of the article in the Chronicle that
waylaid me (and which I still find puzzling) is the absence of any
mention of "tera". It is a giant jump from "giga" to "peta",
skipping "tera" on the way. But "giga" and "peta" were juxtaposed in
the article. [...] It makes me wonder if the article had it right.
It is reasonable to jump from gigabytes to petabytes in one fell

IMO it is not. Without seeing it, I can't be sure, but it seems likely
that it's Just Another Dumb Reporter. Perhaps someone took notes and
wrote down 10^15 instead of 10^12, and then looked up the name for
10^15 and didn't notice the basic inconsistency of jumping from Gb to
Pb without stopping at Tb.

Hmmm, this is drifting off-topic for cube-lovers....

der Mouse


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