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interesting.

by (Login MCalkins)
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base 12 would take some getting used to. I think the change would be impractical. Still, an interesting concept.

Nowadays, a more practical system would be base 16. Most expirienced computer users are already quite familiar with it. It is already used extensively in the computer world. You already know the advantages of it, such as having each of its digits exactly coorespond to 4 binary digits.

A change to hexidecimal would be fairly easy for expirienced computer users to accept, but for everyone else, it would be problematic. Road signs would be problematic. And what if the doctor gives me the wrong dosage because he was confused? What if a pilot gets confused and flys me into a mountain?

Decimal is so engrained in our culture and in our minds that I think it will always be our primary system, although hexadecimal is clearly already the secondary system.

Regards,
Michael



    
This message has been edited by MCalkins on Mar 24, 2006 8:47 AM

Posted on Mar 24, 2006, 8:46 AM

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