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What do you call the zeros?

 
David O'Meara
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From here
that web site wrote:it’s all just ones and zeros (each one is called a bit)

If the ones are called bits, what are the zeros called?
 
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They are called bits as well. (Each one of the 1's and 0's is called a bit. In other words each one of the 0's is called a bit and each one of the 1's is called a bit.)

 
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that's not sexy. If you expect the masses to pick it up, you'll need to introduce 'sex' into it.
Not actual sex, preferably something metaphorical.
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A bit less.
 
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I was thinking 'a bit on the side' but that would be a '-'
 
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I'm still trying to figure out how to get 25 out of two bits.
 
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David O'Meara wrote:From here
that web site wrote:it’s all just ones and zeros (each one is called a bit)

If the ones are called bits, what are the zeros called?

Titbit
 
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David O'Meara wrote:...what are the zeros called?

You mean Blickensderfers?
 
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Well, when I were a lad, we much preferred to use zeros rather than ones, because the more ones you used the longer it took to punch the cards. We used to optimize our programs by using as few ones as possible.
 
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Paul Clapham wrote:Well, when I were a lad, we much preferred to use zeros rather than ones...

When I was a lad, we didn't even have ones. We used lowercase "L's".
 
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Oh yeah, well when I started we didn't have any of them fancy-smanshy 1's or even l's. We had to use all zeroes. The big advantage was that computers didn't even need to be plugged in.
 
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Bear Bibeault wrote:Oh yeah, well when I started we didn't have any of them fancy-smanshy 1's or even l's. ... The big advantage was that computers didn't even need to be plugged in.

You are not THAT old. If you were, you would know that computers were nearly all women.

Are you guys talking about normal card punches of letters and digits? Or binary cards? WIth normal, the card had holes roughly representing a value, with a hole in the zero row, it was a character zero. if in the one hole, a character 1. Binary cards were simply 11 or 12 binary values punched in each column.

Real men could read binary cards, just as later they could read punched paper tape.
 
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There was no cry of anguish quite like that of someone dropping their box of punch cards!
 
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