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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • The battle was lost long ago.

    Since 1974 the British government has used "billion" to mean 10^9 in all official statistics. And common usage seems to follow this.

    Of course, it may be different in France...
    • That's terrible!
      • It could be worse. In the U.S., it's terribel.

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        J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers
    • I've seen books written within the last decade avoid using a "billion" because it's meaning is ambiguous. Some people think of it as a thousand million (milliard) and some as it's more correct million million.

      Most people don't know what they mean, a few mean a billion and a few mean a milliard. Therefore you can't 100% sure what's going on, so I also avoid the word...

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      -- "It's not magic, it's work..."
      • I've seen books written within the last decade avoid using a "billion" because it's meaning is ambiguous. Some people think of it as a thousand million (milliard) and some as it's more correct million million.

        "Thousand million" is not more correct than "million million." They are different conventions, neither with any more basis than the other, except in the number of people who have one meaning than the other.

        However, "it's" is, in fact, less correct in this context than "its." :-)

    • Or in Germany.