[OT] Why is it called string?

Mel Wilson mwilson at the-wire.com
Fri Aug 22 00:57:56 CEST 2003


In article <3f44fb74$0$571$b45e6eb0 at senator-bedfellow.mit.edu>,
Brian Kelley <bkelley at wi.mit.edu> wrote:
>A "bit" used to be half a quarter and therefore there are also 8 bits to
>a dollar.  Coincidence or a play on words?  Some of us here are making
>our livings using "pieces of eight", so to speak.

   Synchornicity, IMHO, since early bits were more likely to
bunch up into half-dozens than eights.

        Regards.        Mel.




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