[e2e] evolution of bandwidth as a term

Christian Huitema huitema at windows.microsoft.com
Thu Oct 2 15:11:52 PDT 2003

> The Internet nor much else of the modern world could not have been
> built without carefully defining and adhering to the definitions of
> such things as:  bandwidth, mass, joule, kilogram, power, charge,
> bit, watt, etc.  

You are mixing apples and oranges, or more precisely well defined
international system units (joule, kilogram, watt) with common words
(bandwidth, power, charge). As Loki observed, common names commonly have
multiple meanings. In fact, bandwidth is not much more conflated than
"mass", which not always measurable in kilograms, and definitely less
than "power" which is by no means always measurable in watts. If you
want something unambiguous, use Hz or bps, don't use bandwidth.

-- Christian Huitema

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