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Tara2
Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2019 10:54:50 AM

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What does "off" mean?

"It has to wait until the proper sector has rotated under the head and then start reading and storing the bits as they come off the drive, removing the preamble and computing the checksum."
NKM
Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2019 12:34:27 PM

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In this sense, "off" means "from".

Tara2
Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2019 12:55:29 PM

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NKM wrote:
In this sense, "off" means "from".


But "from" isn't a meaning for "off", no?
NKM
Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2019 1:31:12 PM

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Generally, no.

But in some situations the two words can be used interchangeably. In unloading the cargo from a truck, for example, we can say that an item is "taken off" or "taken from" the vehicle. A newscaster may read the news off/from a teleprompter; in a restaurant we may order something off/from the menu.

Informally, one might say something like "He borrowed $20 off his brother." (That's very informal, but not uncommon in some regions and social groups.)

Tara2
Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2019 3:55:25 PM

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NKM wrote:
Generally, no.

But in some situations the two words can be used interchangeably. In unloading the cargo from a truck, for example, we can say that an item is "taken off" or "taken from" the vehicle. A newscaster may read the news off/from a teleprompter; in a restaurant we may order something off/from the menu.

Informally, one might say something like "He borrowed $20 off his brother." (That's very informal, but not uncommon in some regions and social groups.)


Thanks a lot!
Is "as they come off the drive" like "when they come from the drive"?
NKM
Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2019 10:36:14 PM

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Yes!

Technically, though, it's more like "as they are received from the drive."

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Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2019 11:35:22 PM

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Don't be confused by the words "off" or "from" in this. The information in the form of bits, is read "off" or "from" the drive, but the information is still on the drive, just as reading words "off" or "from" a piece of paper leaves the words still there.


We should look to the past to learn from it, not destroy our future because of it — FounDit
Tara2
Posted: Thursday, June 13, 2019 4:06:57 AM

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NKM wrote:
Yes!

Technically, though, it's more like "as they are received from the drive."


Thanks a lot!
Tara2
Posted: Thursday, June 13, 2019 4:09:43 AM

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FounDit wrote:
Don't be confused by the words "off" or "from" in this. The information in the form of bits, is read "off" or "from" the drive, but the information is still on the drive, just as reading words "off" or "from" a piece of paper leaves the words still there.

Thanks a lot FounDit!
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