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In article <00d701c12739$ea7a7e80$4eb8fea9@duron850>, Bruce Roorda <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes >It just happens that it's convenient to use "on" and "off" to represent data >in computers. It works well with the hardware. Rather than two states, a >"bit" could have three. Or more - as anyone who has read any of Claude Shannon's well established work on information theory knows only too well. >Except, since "bit" came from "binary digit", I >suppose it would be a "trit". Indeed, Shannon was the first to publish the term "bit" meaning binary digit, the minimum piece of information possible - although he attributed its origin to John Tukey, later of Fast Fourier Transform fame. -- Kennedy Yes, Socrates himself is particularly missed; A lovely little thinker, but a bugger when he's pissed. Python Philosophers - Turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions.
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