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Re: bytes vs. octets

At 15 Sep 2004 11:53:58 -0700, Thomas Bushnell BSG wrote:
> Alex Shinn <foof@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> writes:
> > I've given it a lot of thought and have decided to stick to *-byte in
> > the names as there is simply no advantage in changing to octet.  In
> > this day and age "byte" is universally accepted as being 8 bits and
> > any argument that it could be misinterpreted is simply not
> > realistic.
> What do you mean my "universally accepted", given that you have seen
> it not accepted on this very list?

I have only seen evidence that in those machines for which the
smallest addressable memory unit is not 8 bits they still use "byte"
to refer to 8 bits.  This is the modern definition of byte.