From: Spehro Pefhany
Subject: Re: Decimial has set progress back -> Help spread the use of Hex!
References: <firstname.lastname@example.org> <email@example.com> <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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Date: Thu, 09 Jan 2003 03:22:14 GMT
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On 8 Jan 2003 06:12:04 -0800, the renowned email@example.com (Lewin
A.R.W. Edwards) wrote:
>> > Which ought to make us able to count to at least 1 048 575 (in bare
>> > feet), and I for one bitterly regret the retrograde evolutionary step
>> > that denied homo sapiens a tail - clearly, nature's sign bit.
>> Mmmm.. I have to disagree with you Lewin, I do have a sign bit. OTOH, my
>> wife doesn't....
>Ah no... The tail is muscular, and under voluntary control. What you
>believe to be a sign bit is in fact an enunciator indicating that some
>kind of purge is necessary.
>PS: My wife has two semi-programmable bits, and one of those could be
>used for sign and the other for overflow/underflow. But I think this
>thread is getting out of hand ;)
Well, be sure to adhere to a standard such as IEEE 754-1985, I've
heard of some such systems in which those bits were inverted.
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