[wellylug] [OT] Internet & Citylink

Pete Black pete at marchingcubes.com
Mon Feb 28 23:33:23 NZDT 2005

Also, while 8 bits is the conventional size of a byte (char) in modern 
computer systems, it is by no means the only size used for the byte.

I believe older(like, 1970s old)  IBM systems used a 12 bit byte, so you 
can't even be sure you are talking about specific quantities of bits 
when specifying kilobytes/sec etc.

Luckily this is rather uncommon and an 8-bit byte can be assumed for 
most purposes, though it is unclear if unicode etc. (16 bits for a char) 
will change this as time goes by.


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