Google Typo Leads To Speculation About 1 Terabyte Of Gmail Storage

from the rumors-swirling dept

Someone submitted a note to Techdirt Tuesday afternoon noting that their Gmail account usage bar at the bottom of the page showed the limit to be 1000000 MB (approximately 1 terabyte) rather than the advertised 1 gigabyte (though, actually that reminds me of an annoying aside: Google keeps claiming 1 gigabyte of storage, but 1 gigabyte is actually 1024 MB and not the 1000 MB they show, which even Google will tell you). I checked my own Gmail account, and indeed, it showed the approaching terabyte level of storage. A quick note to a friend at Google confirmed the obvious: it was a mistake. However, that hasn't stopped rampant speculation to run around the internet - to the point that even News.com(.com) has written an article about it. Also, one juicy rumor about the fix: before they fix this error, they're making sure that no one actually has gone over the gigabyte storage level. Update: It's really amazing just how many people have naturally assumed that Google must have raised the storage levels to one terabyte. Meanwhile, back in the real world, Google has officially stated that this is a bug. The service will offer 1 gig, as promised. Update 2: Funny to see News.com rewriting history. The article has been changed to reflect the fact that this was just a glitch - but the article doesn't admit that News.com first reported it as if it weren't.

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    Anonymous Coward, 19 May 2004 @ 11:34am

    Re: 1 Gigabyte **is** 1000MB!!

    which is especially funny, because the people who decided to use "kilo," "mega," "giga," and friends were ultimately aware that they were applying the metric system to somewhere that it could not be realistically applied. 1024 is not "one kilo" of anything. EVER.

    except in computers. so you argue that decades of incorrect usage should not be argued with. well, i point to millenia of when people argued that the earth was flat. we should not believe otherwise, simply because chronologically speaking, it is the established norm.

    who cares that the earth has been proven round?

    for that matter, who cares that "kilo" means "one thousand," and not "one thousand, twenty-four?"

    those of us "revisionists" tired of all the bullshit and misrepresentation, that's who.

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