I hate whichever marketer realized that they could artificially inflate the numbers used to measure connection speeds by reporting megabits rather than megabytes.

@noelle I thought it's traditional. Still remember the times of the 56 kbaud fax modem.

@uint8_t @noelle or the 300baud phone-cradle . . .

Maybe that's the answer? 38 byte/sec modem just doesn't sound that impressive

@uint8_t @noelle in the 90s all of our 10 base 2 ethernet gear was spec-ed in bits

@noelle See also hard drive manufacturers that have been doing that since the beginning of time.

"When referring to drive capacity, one gigabyte, or GB, equals one billion bytes and one terabyte, or TB, equals one trillion bytes. Your computer's operating system may use a different standard of measurement and report a lower capacity."

What a way to weasel out of their bullshit.

@noelle this bothered me too. in the '90s it felt like megabytes were far more important / useful / relevant to my daily computing until (later) megabits suddenly leapt back into the spotlight for network speeds. took me a while to recalibrate my brain

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