IPv4 address length technical design

William Herrin bill at herrin.us
Sat Oct 6 01:47:42 UTC 2012


On Fri, Oct 5, 2012 at 8:25 PM, Barry Shein <bzs at world.std.com> wrote:
> 5. Bits is bits.
> I don't know how to say that more clearly.

Hi Barry,

Bits is bits and atoms is atoms so lets swap all the iron for helium
and see how that works out for us.

You can say "bits as bits" as clearly as you like but however you say
it you'll be wrong. Bits are defined by the semantics of their use.
Any equality or inequality between one bit and another, and in fact
whether they can be meaningfully compared at all, is found in those
semantics.

Bits ain't just bits. Bits are information *in context.* Change the
context, change the bits.

Regards,
Bill Herrin


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