From: Tom MacIntyre
Subject: Re: Decimial has set progress back -> Help spread the use of Hex!
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Date: Wed, 08 Jan 2003 01:42:34 GMT
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On Wed, 08 Jan 2003 01:16:46 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org (klmok) wrote:
>On 7 Jan 2003 02:22:36 -0800, email@example.com (James Llort)
>>Why don't people use hex in everyday math? Logically it makes more
>So did the New Math of the 70s that they tried to force into the
>schools system as the cure for the lack of math skills in schools.
>After a decade's effort the educational authorities had to admit that
>children and therefore people were born wired to think decimal and
>that traditional methods work best. Traditional methods evolved
>through long experience, not theory. The Darwin principle must have
>worked because it is still around despite many efforts including your
>HEX system to improve things math.
That wasn't the point...decimal works (we have 10 fingers, and I can
get into any kind of bad language with or without them... :-), but
computers can't handle it. It IS that simple. Most of us who have to
deal with the other systems have survived, and if you didn't,
well...learn, or...not. Let your kids or other relatives help you with
the conversions involved. If they don't...cut them out of the will!!
It really isn't that hard, when necessary...check out the plane that
had to land at Gimli Manitoba one time...man has to learn...computer
has to be programmed...AFTER man has learned...the computer is stupid
from the start. :-(