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Beneath the layers of technology, a computer understands only binary states of yes or no.
  consisting of two parts or states
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For example, the binary number system has only the digits 1 and 0. A binary star really consists of two stars that rotate together.
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  • Beneath the layers of technology, a computer understands only binary states of yes or no.
  • She argues that abortion is not a binary issue.
  • Some parts self-reliance, some parts self-protection, this belief offers a binary perspective—powerhouse or victim, complete responsibility or total divorcement, all in or out the door.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • Vaguely scientific-looking, they had a creepy feel of DNA sequences, or maybe spy transmissions in binary code.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch

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  • A red star the size of a small plate crept across it followed quickly by another one—a binary system.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • The computer hummed and whirred, converting all the information to binary.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • A dozen other books in here, including the Kybalion, talk about binary systems and the opposing forces in nature.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • In order to hook into the line, one had only to dial the binary of some number.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • The terminals are equipped with holographic scanners, which decode the binary secret of every item, infallibly.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • The demonstration of this is the computer memory which stores all its knowledge in the form of binary information.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

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  • And like Mars and Lusus, HYperion is afflicted with its Deep Ice Ages, although here the periodicity is spread to thirty-seven million years by the long ellipse of the currently absent binary dwarf.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • His binary read-out lights rippled back and forth—a chuckle.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • Why would anyone show me information in binary code?
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • The president flanked by Thomson and Branca, Bobby and Ralph, the binary hero-goat inseparable to the end.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • Sometimes he made me do my arithmetic homework in binary numbers because he said I needed to be challenged.
    Jeannette Walls  --  The Glass Castle
  • Once I break the seal on the patch kit, the binary components of the resin mix and I have sixty seconds before it hardens.
    Andy Weir  --  The Martian
  • Many of the longer jumps were relayed through Luna because of the danger of mixing with a primary, particularly with binaries.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Tunnel In the Sky
  • …heritages; but surely every dweller in the country must hope that the governments involved in its governance can devise institutions which will allow that partition to become a bit more like the net on a tennis court, a demarcation allowing for agile give-and-take, for encounter and contending, prefiguring a future where the vitality that flowed in the beginning from those bracing words "enemy" and "allies" might finally derive from a less binary and altogether less binding vocabulary.
    Seamus Heaney  --  Crediting Poetry
  • (NEBULAE, CLUSTERS, STREAMS, BINARIES, GIANTS, MAIN SEQUENCE, AND WHITE DWARFS) DISPERSE.
    Alfred Bester  --  The Demolished Man
  • Before class, I’d have to recopy it into Arabic numbers, but one day I didn’t have time, so I turned in the assignment in its binary version.
    Jeannette Walls  --  The Glass Castle
  • Remember the first time you learned binary code?
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • I tried to explain to her about binary numbers, and how they were the system that computers used and how Dad said they were far superior to other numeric systems.
    Jeannette Walls  --  The Glass Castle
  • Binary numbers were designed for computers which utilize an on-off, yes-no kind of language.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • A mathematician once joked that binary numbers were the way people who have only two fingers count.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • In essence, binary numbers translated normal numbers—which require ten digits, and decimal places—to a system that depended on only two digits, one and zero.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • He tore a sheet of paper from the pad in front of him, next to the telephone, and wrote: 2° 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 This was the basis of the binary system: base two raised to some power.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • And like Mars and Lusus, HYPerion is afflicted with its Deep Ice Ages, although here the periodicity is spread to thirty-seven million years by the long ellipse of the currently absent binary dwarf.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • I thought of telling him about binary numbers and the Glass Castle and Venus and all the things that made my dad special and completely different from his dad, but I knew Billy wouldn’t understand.
    Jeannette Walls  --  The Glass Castle
  • The binary black-white yes-no zero-one hero-goat.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • The cross with the circumpunct in the middle is a binary symbol—two symbols fused to create one.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • It was flashing up a large amount of digital information, in binary form.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • And the Word was programmed in classic binary.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • Even the most seasoned star tramp can’t help but shiver at the spectacular drama of a sunrise seen from space, but a binary sunrise is one of the marvels of the Galaxy.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • He can’t read binary code.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • He messes with binary code for a living.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • Dualists believe in a binary universe, that there is a spiritual world in addition to the material world.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • Well, as a computer geek, I have to believe in the binary universe.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • See, computers use binary code A to represent information.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • So I was joking that I have to believe in the binary universe, that I have to be a dualist.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • Ah, there’s that word ’binary’ again.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • And your point is that this defeat of chaos, the separation of the static, unified world into a binary system, is identified with creation.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • It’s written in ones and zeroes-binary code.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • He reached into his pocket and withdrew his wallet, then fumbled for a moment until he found the card he had been given by the professor: IN CASE OF FIRE Notify Division 87 Emergencies Only He stared at the card and wondered what exactly would happen if he dialed the binary of 87.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • Aister interprets the myth as ’an exposition of a logical problem: Supposing that originally there was nothing but one creator, how could ordinary binary sexual relations come into being?’
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • A really advanced hacker comes to understand the true inner workings of the machine-he sees through L the language he’s working in and glimpses the secret functioning of the binary code-becomes a Ba’al Shem of sorts.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • He also has a digital metavirus, in binary code, that can infect computers, or hackers, via the optic nerve.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • How did he translate it into binary form?
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • In binary form, a virus can bounce around the universe at the speed of light.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • The binary metavirus will destroy the mind of a hacker.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • And he can control hackers in a much more violent fashion by damaging their brains with binary viruses.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
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