Re: Hexadecimal digits

From: John W Kennedy (
Date: Sun Jun 06 2010 - 12:33:41 CDT

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    On Jun 4, 2010, at 5:45 PM, Hans Aberg wrote:
    > Hexadecimal representation is only used to give a compact representation of binary numbers in connection of computers. In view of modern fast computers, one only needs to write out numbers when interfacing with humans. Then one can easily make the computer write or read what humans are used to. So there is no particular need to switch to another base than ten if that is what humans prefer. Base 16 is easier when one for some reason needs to think about the binary representation.

    And that need is much less than it was, say, 40 years ago. We don't normally debug from simple dumps anymore.

    John W Kennedy
    If Bill Gates believes in "intelligent design", why can't he apply it to Windows?

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