in reply to A mod2 Machine.
a bona fide integer will be treated mathematically, hence taking more time
...more time in a small enough base. Given a base that requires twice the number of symbols needed to represent every digit than the number of operations it takes to compare one symbol to every symbol, your statement doesn't hold (italics for readability).
Just poking fun. I thought it was a good writeup and an interesting observation ;).
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