Octets calculation?

Skip Montanaro skip at pobox.com
Thu Jun 12 00:03:02 CEST 2003


    >> In the real world, nobody ever uses it to mean anything other than 8
    >> bits.

    Erik> That's simply not true.  Take embedded systems, for examples,
    Erik> where it's not at all uncommon for a byte to be 16 or 32 bits.

It's not uncommon for a machine word to be 16 or 32 bits, but it's rare
these days for a byte to be anything other than 8 bits.

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