error correcting codes are probably the single most frequently used great idea of all time. They allow a computer to recognize and correct errors in stored or transmitted data, without having to resort to a backup copy or a retransmission.
- 1 - Introduction: What are the Extraordinary Ideas Computers Use Every Day?
- from Nine Algorithms That Changed the Future
- Publisher: Princeton University Press
- Released: December 2011
it's the fundamental ideas that make computers applicable
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