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If I was told that a system had "3 inputs and 17 outputs" I would understand
that there were three ways (contact closures, temperature readings, etc) of
getting data into the system and 17 ways (contact closures, thermostats
adjusted, etc) of giving commands to the real world.
I'd call all that comes in "input" and all that goes out "output". To me the
words are invariable in this sense.
Fiat justitia et pereat mundus (Let justice be done, though the world
perish) -- Motto of Ferdinand I (1503-64), Holy Roman Emperor from 1558
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