somewhat OT: the return of decimal mode

woodelf bfranchuk at
Wed Oct 11 14:08:07 CDT 2006

Fred Cisin wrote:

> Has somebody invented Binary Coded Decimal?
Not really. IBM has patented a way of packing 2 decimal
digits into 7 binary bits.Of course more hardware is needed
but that is patented too.
I think the thing that killed BCD computers is thae lack of
BCD memory addressing.

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