[Oberon] Re (2): byte vs. octet.

peter at easthope.ca peter at easthope.ca
Fri Apr 27 01:01:44 CEST 2018

From:	Bob Walkden <bob at web-options.com>
Date:	Thu, 26 Apr 2018 18:08:28 +0000
> It may be a national thing. Octet is French for byte. Pronouncing byte 
> the French way gives you, in French, a rude word for a certain part of 
> a gentlemanâÄ™s trouser-related anatomy. Perhaps the Swiss and other 
> French-speaking nations are a little embarrassed about it.

From:	Liam Proven <lproven at gmail.com>
Date:	Thu, 26 Apr 2018 18:16:00 +0000
> [2] Bytes are not always 8 bits. 

So byte can be ambiguous to the number of bits and octet is 
anatomically offensive. I don't understand European cultures well 
enough to judge the seriousness of the anatomical offense.  Bad enough 
that the term is avoided in a classroom? Tolerable on a page or screen?

Thanks,               ... Lyall E.

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