Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/06/22/reg_standards_vid/

El Reg official units of measurement: Linguine, Jubs, Hiltons and all

The return of Lucy Sherriff

By Lester Haines

Posted in SPB, 22nd June 2012 09:30 GMT

Vid Earlier this week, the Beeb described IBM's Sequoia supercomputer as being so potent that it could do in one hour "what otherwise would have taken 6.7 billion people using hand calculators 320 years to complete if they had worked non-stop".

This latest, highly suspect piece of mathematical jiggery-pokery - with no mention of how long it would take an infinite number of monkeys with abacuses to match Sequoia's hourly output - joins stored data measured in CDs to the Moon and countries defined in doormats on Auntie's burgeoning list of improbable standards.

Well, we reckon it's time to get back to basics. Accordingly, we've put together a video for the benefit of BBC journos, to show just how you make things "more understandable" for the unwashed masses.

Former Reg hackette Lucy Sherriff - a bona fide qualified boffin - returned to Vulture Central to introduce our "one set of standards to rule them all". Enjoy...

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