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Used car 'mileage'

By Gary R, in , posted: 4-Apr-2006 07:44

What is it with used car salesmen? I have been looking through the car mags and when it comes to 'mileage' it seems to be a standard practice to drop the zeros. So, a car with 80,000km is listed as 80km. If you are going to drop the zeros it should be listed as 80Mm or 80 Megameters. Thinking about it though most people probably wouldn't know what a Megameter was or they might think it is some sort of electrical measurement device.

Imagine if we adopted that sort of abbreviation in the computer industry. If I said I have 512KB of memory you would look at me sideways and wonder how XP runs on that. In fact I mean I have 512,000KB or 512MB.

I just think it is lazy, slack and misleading. We have standards of weights and measures with defined units and conventions.

The next time a car salesman says to me that a car has 50km's I think I will challenge it.




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Comment by juha, on 4-Apr-2006 17:59

In fact I mean I have 512,000KB or 512MB.
Well, no... you have 524,288Kbytes, or 536,870,912 bytes of RAM. I'm such a pendant.


Author's note by Jama, on 4-Apr-2006 19:38

And I knew that someone would correct me on that one ;) Lazy, hurried, etc - but the point is there.


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