Should it read 1 billion bytes - base 10? Would that help the average consumer?
I think not. A buyer would say, What the f**k is a base 10? So they call Dell up and ask. Who here would be willing to explain to that person why they can advertise a base 10 figure when computers only work on base 2. Base 2? What's a base 2?The company doesn't even need to put any base 10 specs on the box, all they need to do is tell us how large the capacity is - plain and simple.
There's no need to make things (seemingly) easier by rounding off 1 GB to 1 billion bytes. If a consumer is too dumb to figure out exactly how many bytes in a gigabyte then that's their own fault. Dumbing down computer equations for your average consumer is what the main beef of this law suit is.
I'm sick of these companies changing the equations (that I've been accustomed to for YEARS) to accomodate the simple minds of every J6P that is entering the computer market. Leave the technology equations where they are and let J6P try to figure out exactly how many bytes in a Gigabyte. - Changing the equation, to make it easier for him to understand it, just makes things harder for those of us who understood the original equation and now have to deal with 2 completely different equations.
It's bad enough trying to explain computers to someone, but then to have 2 different counting systemsIt's completely asinine.
And if the hard drive manufacturers are allowed to make up equations, why not sell a 2GB Hard Drive and put 4,000,000,000 bytes on the box, then add an equation at the bottom that says 1GB = 2,000,000,000 bytes.