Subject: Re: "dribbling bit"
To: None <>
From: Chris Gray <>
List: tech-net
Date: 01/21/2003 20:46:41
On Tuesday 21 January 2003 01:13, wrote:
> Certainly not 1/8 of a byte.  If you look at the encoding on an ethernet
> line you will see what I mean.
> On 20-Jan-2003 Chris Gray wrote:
> > On Monday 20 January 2003 22:27, wrote:
> >> "Non-integer number of bytes" doesn't make sense.  There is no such
> >> thing as a fraction of a byte.
> >
> > Then what is a bit, if not 1/8 of a byte?

True, ethernet is byte-oriented at the MAC layer (in all the 802.x I've 
seen), but it's still bits that go on the wire.  There are other datalink 
control layers which will quite happily convey a PDU of 37 bits if that's 
what you want them to do.

Now non-integral numbers of angels dancing on the point of a needle, that's 
another matter. ;>

Sorry for the noise