256

Submitted by C B Wright on

At last, truly, a number to be proud of.

Once upon a time, if you were to have called Help Desk a "two-bit comic" I would have shrugged my shoulders and, if I was feeling argumentative, pointed out that it stopped being a two-bit comic after the third comic was posted. But now I can say "actually, it's a 256 byte comic. FYI."

It will take 8,192 comics to reach a full 1K. That's what, another 45 years?

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256 *byte*?

Wow, you have been busy. I make 2^(256 * 8) to be approximately 10^616...

Why the extra math?

1 byte = 8 bits

256 bytes = 2048 bits

... what am I missing?

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Writer, former musician, occasional cartoonist, and noted authority on his own opinions.

you're not...

You're not missing anything, your math is right, Rupert has apparently confused how to count bits in a byte.

Oh, and, Congratulations!

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Personally, I would think

Personally, I would think hitting 2048 comics would make it a 12-bit comic. (2048 won't fit in 11 bits, after all...)

What you are missing

You missed the ambiguity in what you said:

"it stopped being a two-bit comic after the third comic was posted"

If counting comics is the same as counting bits, when you count one, two, three comics you have counted three bits which is more than two, like you said. When you count 2048 comics you have counted the same number of bits as are in 256 bytes.

Or

One comic is 1 in binary
Two comics is 10 in binary
Three comics is 11 in binary
After the third comic is posted comes the fourth comic which is 100 and requires more than two bits.

That ignores that you said "after the third comic was posted" not the fourth comic, but that's a detail easy to dismiss with a little bit of cognitive dissonance.

If that had been what you meant, which is more natural for someone who is used to thinking in terms of what is the largest integer I can store in N bits, then by that way of counting, 2048 comics is 100000000000 in binary which uses 12 bits.

2048 bits is what you will reach at comic number 2^2047 (1 followed by 2047 0s)

Ah...

... it's a positional pun. Ouch.

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Writer, former musician, occasional cartoonist, and noted authority on his own opinions.

for what its worth, being at

for what its worth, being at 256bytes this comics has caused a bit of laughter so far. maybe a bit more. my wife told me there are 11 types of people in the world those that understand binary and those that don't. I had to tell her she was one that didn't.

Who knew?

Only this webcomic would stir up so many comments about bit's, bytes and binary.
I had heard the 10 type of people joke before, but it still makes me laugh when somone reads it and is confused.

Nah. Not just this comic...

... if xkcd did it the conversation would spread to Slashdot, Reddit, Facebook, Google+, Fleen, and in six months to a year it would be revived by InfoWorld and PCMag. ;-)

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Writer, former musician, occasional cartoonist, and noted authority on his own opinions.

Who?

I had to google xkcd, and I still like this one better, I laugh almost every update, I'm not bothing to bookmark them...