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Discussion in 'The OT' started by yosoyellobo, Jul 4, 2018.
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Thanks for the teary eyes at work!
Logic tells me that I don't understand your second signature item. Intuition tells me that I do.
As to the first item, I suspect that the 10th group is much larger than the ones that understand binary.
My daughter got me this clock years ago. I ignore the seconds though. And I no longer keep it in our bedroom. I'd wake up in the night and figuring out the time would completely wake me up.
Well Bill, this tells me that out of all the people in the world, you are certainly one of them.
In binary the number two is written 10. (For the full nibble 0000, 0001, 0010, 0011, 0100, 0101 is counting zero to five. Writing 10 ignores the leading zeros.)
The binary clock pictured above ignores the bits that will never be lit. The first column could show 0, 1, 2 or 3 - so it apparently has a 24 hour time setting. (3x:xx:xx would not be needed but is possible with two bits.)
That should be written as "the 10nd group" (or the second group).
As for the second joke, those that can extrapolate from missing data will fill in the rest of the joke while those who can't will have trouble filling in their part of the joke.
I was an English major. "10nd" group just doesn't sound right. And if there were three groups (11 in binary) what would you use as a suffix for group 11? With binary once you get past the first group they're all "th's."
It "doesn't sound right" because you are not seeing "10" as two. I understand the impulse to write 10th, 11th, 100th but would you write 101th or 101st? (I'd write 101th because it is "fifth".)
I'm well aware that 10 is the second binary number (It's really the third number if you start with zero, but we normally start counting with one). But if I see "10nd number" in print, how would I pronounce it -- "tend" or "second?" Most uses of binary numbers use stand-alone digits without suffixes. "101 is the fifth binary number" looks and sounds pretty clear to me, even though it's a much longer expression that "101th." (which I would pronounce as "one-oh-ounce)
You were the one who put the erroneous "10th" into this thread. If one is going to add suffixes one should use the real number (10 is the binary number for two) not what it appears to be in another base system. I see "10th" as being correct is in base 16 (hexadecimal) where 10 represents sixteen and one would be referring to the sixteenth item. "10th" would also work in base 4. But it is much cleaner to leave the suffixes off of non base 10 numbers.
This thread is brilliant. I've read it 102 times.
I will certainly agree with that statement! I also like dmspen's use of a subscript to identify the number base.