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Re: should "use byte" be "use bytes"?

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Mark Mielke
February 10, 2000 08:25
Re: should "use byte" be "use bytes"?
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On Thu, Feb 10, 2000 at 08:36:24AM -0700, "Tom Christiansen" wrote:
> >Ok... let me get this straight... you are going to pick one word over
> >another because it's easier to say and easier to type. 
> *ABSOLUTELY*.  Welcome to Perl.

Uhhh... no?

I definately don't use perl because it's operators are "easy to remember",
"easy to say", or "easy to type." I use it for it's FUNCTIONALITY.

The day I use a language for any of those other reasons is the day
I deserve to switch careers, as I'm not helping anybody else except
my own laziness.

> >You don't
> >really care about the accuracy of the word at all...
> Speak for yourself.
> --tom

If you can't see how "byte" really isn't that descriptive at all, and
how "octet" _IS_, then perhaps you are in the wrong profession.


P.S. Almost every technical specification I have ever seen chooses to
     use the word "octet" over the word "byte". I'm not "speaking for
     myself", I'm *speaking for the community*.

     I really hate it when you sit back in your chair and tell people
     that a feature shouldn't be added to perl because "that would be
     hard to teach my students." Stupid arguments like that, and now
     the recent "it's easier to type and say." Pure bullshit.

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