Re: Tens of kilobytes?

Subject: Re: Tens of kilobytes?
From: "Dick Margulis " <margulis -at- mail -dot- fiam -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 16 Oct 2001 11:27:04 -0400

"Hart, Geoff" <wrote:

"On 2G networks, the maximum data transfer rate is X
>kilobytes/sec, and speeds can drop lower if reception is bad."


I see an immediate problem with this. Network speeds are generally expressed in [metric prefix]_bits_ per second. File sizes are generally expressed in [metric prefix]_bytes_. Because of this, I can't see any way to cast your construction that won't either confuse an end user or tick off a techie. (As you know, you can't just multiply a file size by eight to arrive at the number of bits that get transmitted.)

I would leave phrases like "data transfer rate" out of it altogether and just talk about the size of the file (or message) to be transmitted and the length of time it will take.


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