|laziness, impatience, and hubris|
It's funny, I'm sure we've all read that document numerous times, and yet before this I never noticed the % feature.
I've read it many times, and use the bit-counting form regularly; but always as '%32b*'.
As soon as I half read AnomalousMonk's post, the significance/simplicity of using a count rather than '*' became immediately obvious to me, and I physically blushed red in the realisation.
The only factor that slightly lessened my embarrassment was that I was not the only one who missed it. But only slightly :)
With the rise and rise of 'Social' network sites: 'Computers are making people easier to use everyday'
Examine what is said, not who speaks -- Silence betokens consent -- Love the truth but pardon error.
"Science is about questioning the status quo. Questioning authority".
In the absence of evidence, opinion is indistinguishable from prejudice.