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 adj. Being an operation that treats a value as a series of bits rather than a numerical quantity.
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In the above link the comment by "bitwise" sums the "spin" up up nicely.

A Minneapolisbased Daily Kos diarist named 'bitwise' has done some further sleuthing on the impending Minnesota senate recount, which we had discussed at length this morning.

By adding another function bit to bitwise negate A as well, we can include all possible (nonidentity) bitwise operations (NOT, AND, OR, NAND, NOR, XOR, XNOR).
BabbageBoole Digital Arithmetical and Logical Mill: Part 1 « The HalfBaked Maker

By requiring the user to set carry (i.e. reset borrow) before subtraction, we can use a function bit to specify that B gets bitwise negated before being operated on.
BabbageBoole Digital Arithmetical and Logical Mill: Part 1 « The HalfBaked Maker

X = A  B (bitwise or, Boolean equation X = A + B)
BabbageBoole Digital Arithmetical and Logical Mill: Part 1 « The HalfBaked Maker

Since we have defined A+B as including a carryin bit, we can set carry to 1, bitwise negate B, and then add A.
BabbageBoole Digital Arithmetical and Logical Mill: Part 1 « The HalfBaked Maker

It is a one person, one vote system (not really because of the electoral college business), so I am sure that we'll put the most qualified Dem back into the White House, sans narrowminded bitwise operations on his or her AUMF vote. dcshungu wrote on September 29, 2007 4: 09 PM:

It is a one person, one vote system (not really because of the electoral college business), so I am sure that we'll put the most qualified Dem back into the White House, sans narrowminded bitwise operations on his or her AUMF vote.
Report: Hillary And Obama Roughly Tied For ThirdQuarter Fundraising

This would change the dynamics of the game somewhat but is very easy to revise with just a single bitwise calculation.

By conceiving of the four sticks as a single binary number of four bits, we can then isolate any particular bit with boolean bitwise operators and add up the total of 1's.
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