PCNetSpec wrote:And this is locked in stone?... how about US gallons compared to UK gallons,
That's an excellent example of why bastardisation odf existing measurements is bad. The SI system was set up to avoid that happening, a kilometre is a kilometre wherever you are, and it is never 1024 metres.
or old money/new money
Well, the pound stayed the same. Maybe using penny for a different unit was a poor choice, but as the two systems never ran in parallel it wasn't really a problem.
PCNetSpec wrote:... these things are only 'clearly' defined when people use just one
No, they are clearly defined in the internationally agreed standards. The idea that 1024 is close enough to 1000 to not matter so we may as well use 1000 to mean 1024 was plain lazy, and look at the confusion it has caused. I'm not saying that Ubuntu will fix the situation, they won't, but at least they are standing up and stating they they will no longer contribute to it.