# Question #392 is wrong

The answer is supposedly 1000 but the correct answer is actually 1024.

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i see that there is a big problem that the majority of people is taught that kilobyte is 1024 as a fact even though in the current day it is not classed as 1024 but 1000, so this question is confusing for lots of people, there are probably a few questions like these that will pop up guess we will have to deal with them

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Most people would have similar problems differentiating between URI, URN and URL. (To be fair, I also have to look it up every time I wanna be sure to do it correctly.) Iâ€™d suggest rephrasing these kinds of questions to explicitly refer to the technically correct answer, something like â€śaccording to official NIST Standardsâ€ť.

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I think even better would be to just say â€śin decimal formâ€ť so they donâ€™t think of the binary version.

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Or maybe rework the whole question into one about Kibibytes. If the player knows that unit, thereâ€™s no confusion left.

I still find this whole topic silly because as far as I know, objectively a kilobyte is and will always be 1024 bytes.

My IT teacher back in the days taught me that they only started saying â€śitâ€™s actually 1000 bytesâ€ť for the dummies who canâ€™t remember the 1024 and are like â€śUHH BUT ITâ€™S KILO HURR DURRâ€ť, lol.

But yes I am aware that they tried to introduce kibibytes / kilobytes in 2000 but it never really managed to push through - Itâ€™s not really usedâ€¦ It was an attempt to make it more clear but it didnâ€™t really work out.

Iâ€™ll always say that a kilobyte is 1024 bytes and nothing will change that.

You might aswell ask â€śWhatâ€™s a kiloâ€ť if you really want to use 1000 as the correct answer tbh.

Iâ€™d prefer macdguys method of saying â€śin decimal formâ€ť (or binary form if the answer is 1024), as kibibytes is something that never really managed toâ€¦ push through.

Iâ€™d definitely prefer â€śin binary formâ€ť though, as the decimal form has nothing to do with IT anymore but with mathematics.

Because having the otherwise universal prefix for â€śthousandâ€ť stand for a different value in a single specific case makes a lot of sense. In a metric system based on universal, easily remembered prefixes, no less.

Still, I do agree the question should be changed to prevent confusion, wrong answers and arguments.

Itâ€™s one thing to discuss which phrasing is the most correct while confusing the least amount of players, another to push your personal preference because youâ€™re used to itâ€¦

And IT is based on mathematics.

Iâ€™ve updated the question to:

â€śAccording to the International System of Units, how many bytes are in a kilobyte of RAM?â€ť

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