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- EU Directive to decimalise bytes
- Matt Probert
April 6, 2006, 5:51 pm
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Whispers have reached my ears of an EU directive to decimalise
For many years, computers have been designed to work in multiples of
8, a byte being 8 bits, a word being two bytes (16 bits) etc.
Now, EU standardisation is insisting that by 2010 ALL computers must
operate in base 10, thus a byte is to become 10 bits and a word 20
This will of course have the added advantage of extending the range of
characters available within a single byte range to encompass the wider
range of special characters encountered within the European languages
now joining the EU, such as Polish, Slovak along with the existing
French and German additions to the 'English' alphabet.
Naturally, this is excellent news to consumbers as 64 bit data buses
will be extended to 100 bits &c.
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