Canonical are wrong on this, as are Apple.
English IS a context sensitive language, why can't Kilo mean more than one thing when used in context?
We have plenty of other words that are spelled the same but mean different things, the context distinguishes them... sew, post, ring etc.
As far as computing goes binary and hex rules apply to everything except storage, so is the 'ordinary man' now expected to remember two separate systems of measurement... seems to me Canonical are saying he's having problems with one.
If you want to force HDD manufacturers to correctly identify drive capacity, that's fine... but what the *&%£ has that got to do with Canonical, and since when do Canonical describe things correctly.
Ubuntu is an operating system built by a worldwide team of expert developers
from the Ubuntu homepage.
I always thought Linux (or more correctly GNU/Linux) was the OS, Ubuntu a distro... they seem to be taking an awful lot of credit for other peoples work.
The terms Linux, GNU, Gnome, Mozilla etc. aren't mentioned on that page at all, let alone the teams given credit.http://www.ubuntu.com/
Embrace the Ubuntu Philosophy
And if my employer tried to redefine £1 as 90p, I'd be very upset, but I wouldn't expect the Royal Mint to try and fix things.
(or want them to, I'd end up with 50p that would only be worth 30p a few months later)
[End of rant]