Calculators on desktops (was Re: Octal)
mcguire at neurotica.com
Sat Sep 2 19:20:37 CDT 2006
On Sep 2, 2006, at 6:22 PM, Tony Duell wrote:
>> Lazy and inexperienced. The math doesn't need to be re-done in
>> bases. Bases are an input/output representation only...and as such,
> Many classic handheld claculators use BCD internally (the HP41
> does, for example). And I know of at least one calcuator program (I
> for a Palm, but as I don't have the device I can't be sure) that
> certainly uses BCD artihmetic.
> So 'bases' migth not just be an I/O thing.
I guess I should've been more specific on my position. It *should*
be an I/O thing. Doing arithmetic in BCD is not something I'd thought
of...but being inherently tied to decimal, it likely wouldn't be the
best choice for the underlying computational engine for a calculator
which is supposed to support multiple bases.
Cape Coral, FL
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