Re: TIEBREAKER NEEDED: What do you call this?

Subject: Re: TIEBREAKER NEEDED: What do you call this?
From: "Brian S. Wilson" <Brian_S -dot- -dot- _Wilson -dot- ZIFF-DAVIS -at- MAIL -dot- ZD -dot- COM>
Date: Fri, 21 Jul 1995 10:49:08 -0400

Perhaps "bit" is not a contraction (or abbreviation or whatever) for "binary
digit" at all. For the word "bit," my dictionary provides several definitions
for "bit." Many of these aptly describe a "binary digit," even though they came
into common use before electronic computers existed. For example, one
definition is "the smallest or an insignificant amount or degree." Certainly a
"bit" could be described as the smallest unit of computer memory or storage.
Another definition is "...1/8 of a dollar." Is it a coincidence that a bit is
1/8 of a byte? Perhaps not.

Then again, perhaps this line of thinking is just a _bit_ much.


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