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In Knuth's MMIX, how can x be an octabyte (64 bits) and M[x] be a byte (8 bits)?
I am not familiar with the notation, but surely if M[x] is defined as a byte of x then it just is?
Concrete examples of Python's “only one way to do it” maxim
Made an edit which I think makes my point a little clearer - but all above comments raise valid points and @9000's answer is much better :)