# bit

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## Bit

The smallest unit of information a computer can hold in its memory. A bit is always represented as a 0 or a 1 in binary code. The word is a contraction of "binary digit."

## bit

a digit which takes the value zero or one and which can therefore be represented electronically by an off/on switch in a COMPUTER. Computers use groups of bits to represent numbers or letters for storage, transmission and processing of numerical or alphabetical data. Specifically, computers use various off/on permutations of eight bits to represent all numbers, letters and punctuation characters. Most computers use multiples of eight bits to handle data in this way and various eight-bit, sixteen-bit and thirty-two bit machines are available, the larger ones generally being able to process data faster.
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His focus was notably set on storage much more than on communication, and his unit of measurement was the hardware capacity of available storage devices (binary digits).
While attached to an EEG amplifier, the first person would generate and transmit a series of binary digits, imagining moving their left arm for zero and their right arm for one.
A parity check involves looking at binary digits in computer programmes to see whether a value is even or odd.
The code uses binary digits, with the digits being interpreted as plus or minus ones.
In the article, Mercer starts with the basics, explaining the binary digits, or bits, that are at the heart of computer data, and then explains why the hexadecimal system is needed to represent 26 letters and 10 numbers.
In other words, we need 7,372,800 binary digits for each frame of video.
However, the SSTP has proposed defining the "digital equivalent of tangible personal property" as a product (except for canned software) that (1) is expressed in binary digits; (2) is capable of being processed by a computer; (3) is delivered, accessed or subscribed to, electronically; and (4) the sale of which would be treated as a sale of tangible personal property if transferred on tangible storage media.
The key length is expressed as the number of binary digits required to store the key.
The UUEncode software converts the item to binary digits and re-converts it at the other end.
Digital TV converts material into binary digits, which can be crammed together to allow far more channels into a smaller space.
Each string of binary digits, or bits, tells the beam at the back of your TV how bright to make each dot.
It all sounds like the plot of a (mediocre) science fiction novel: strange beings with names like the Cancelbunny, an 144108, XS4ALL, and Scamizdat, fighting on a battleground with no fixed location any where on earth, using strings of binary digits as their weapons.

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