I heard computers use binary. My question is about computers, so I tagged it "binary".

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    In some cased "binary" probably refers to [executable] – slhck Oct 10 '14 at 12:42
  • @slhck: …which is also a horrible tag IMHO – Der Hochstapler Oct 10 '14 at 12:47
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    Been there, done that. – slhck Oct 10 '14 at 12:48
  • @slhck: Heh, nice. – Der Hochstapler Oct 10 '14 at 13:04
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    Add [executable-binary] or [native-executable-binary]? – 174140 Oct 13 '14 at 21:25
  • @galegosimpatico: I don't see how they would be useful. But they're better than [binary], sure. – Der Hochstapler Oct 14 '14 at 8:12
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    Questions tend to be binary. They are either answerable, or not. – a CVn Oct 15 '14 at 14:52
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    It's thinking of linkage, [static-executable-binary] and [dynamic-executable-binary], however they must be enough documented in Stack Overflow and are topics indeed very well documented outside SE. – 174140 Oct 15 '14 at 18:46

No questions tagged left!

There were a handful which actually pertained to binary in the sense of "How do I represent 256 in binary"; and others relating to hex-to-decimal conversion which needed retagged.


My guess is that "binary" (a bunch of bytes--period) is in contrast to something such as "plain-text" (a bunch of bytes representing plain characters in a particular character encoding). I believe all files and communication streams would fall into one of those two, although technically a text file is just a particular kind of binary file.

You do have to know the encoding of the plain-text file (legacy cp1252, unicode utf8, etc.), or auto-detect it, as most web browsers try to do.

In other words, if opening it in Notepad shows gobbledegook, it's binary,or you picked the wrong encoding/font.

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    Right, but what's the point of having it as a tag? – Der Hochstapler Oct 21 '14 at 18:33

may not be required, but maybe what we want is , it gives the added advantage of too. And sound more aesthetic than . I've just gone plain mad.

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