Thursday, March 04, 2010

0.3 HellaWatts - Today's Tech Bit

Right now a hell of a lot of you are going 'What the hell is a HellaWatt?'.

It isn't anything. Yet. But if some on Facebook have their way, it will be.

You see the somewhat largish number 10^27 (a 10 with 27 zeroes after it) doesn't have a well known SI name like Mega or Giga. But soon it will. That's what the campaign is about.

For those of you that skipped skool or fell asleep in Math 101 here are the currently named SI prefixes.

Official SI prefixes

10 = deca
100 = hecto
1,000 = kilo
1,000,000 = mega
1,000,000,000 = giga
1,000,000,000,000 = tera
1,000,000,000,000,000 = peta
1,000,000,000,000,000,000 = exa
1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 = zetta
1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 = yotta
1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 = unnamed

Bet you hadn't heard of a few of them. What about 'femto' and 'atto'? Those are on the low side of the decimal point, but you will have look them up.

0.3 HW? That's how sunny it is. 24x7.

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