[e2e] evolution of bandwidth as a term

John Day day at std.com
Thu Oct 2 15:46:33 PDT 2003

At 15:11 -0700 10/2/03, Christian Huitema wrote:
>  > 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

That was the point.

>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.

There are very precise definitions of the terms bandwidth, power, 
charge, mass without which the units of measurement would be 
meaningless.  Sloppy language leads to sloppy thinking.

Take care,

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