I'm wondering if the word "bit" in its information theory / computer science sense actually has a plural.
If "bit" is used like a unit of measurement, then it should mostly be used in its singular forms. E.g. "20 bit of data is received" or "The capacity of this medium is 200 bit". However, this would make the use of "bit" as a noun for a small piece of information difficult.
So for example, while reading publications, I've often encountered sentences like "The bits received by the radio are processed by a decoder".
Now some people say, that the latter use of "bit" is wrong. I'm wondering if that is actually the case and all those occurrences are actually false English that has gone mainstream.
Not being a native speaker myself, I could not find a definitive conclusion. Sources like the Oxford English Dictionary (online) don't seem to mention a plural form for "bit". But it seems so common to talk about "bits" that I wanted to make sure.