Thursday, April 2, 2015

B is for Bits

I've been playing a mindless game lately. It's called Bitcoin Billionaire. It's stupid. But I always find myself going back to it when I'm stuck on something. For some reason, mindlessly clicking the screen for fake Bitcoins helps me think. But it also gave me the idea for today's word.

The maximum Bitcoins you can have is 1 Bb. Wonder what the big "B" stands for? That's bronto-bits. The small "b" means it's bits rather than bytes. If it had been BB, it would be brontobytes. It used to be that yotta- was the highest number of bits or bytes you could have. They've now had to invent larger prefixes because of the amount of data stored in the world.

Here's a bit of Bitcoin Billionaire as a square gif
And here are some random quoted tweets about bits:

1 comment:

  1. Bitcoin in real life is so fascinating! Interesting A to Z topic.

    2015 A to Z Challenge Co-Host
    Matthew MacNish from The QQQE