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Re: My favorite model of computation is ...

by zentara (Archbishop)
on May 02, 2017 at 18:00 UTC ( #1189334=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to My favorite model of computation is ...

10 fingers and 10 toes? :-)

I'm not really a human, but I play one on earth. ..... an animated JAPH
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Re^2: My favorite model of computation is ...
by shmem (Chancellor) on May 02, 2017 at 20:34 UTC
    10 fingers and 10 toes

    Computing in that model, please don't show me 132. Thanks. ;-)

    perl -le'print map{pack c,($-++?1:13)+ord}split//,ESEL'
      Yes, I think, 4 and 132 are the main reasons why we don't count binary with our fingers :-) (and 136, of course)
        Brilliant, 132 is my new code for Trump beep. =)

        Cheers Rolf
        (addicted to the Perl Programming Language and ☆☆☆☆ :)
        Je suis Charlie!

        update

        Sigh there they go, my visa rights... ;)

Re^2: My favorite model of computation is ...
by marinersk (Priest) on May 21, 2017 at 05:10 UTC

    A simple technique I picked up somewhere permits counting to 99 on the hands -- left hand is the tens digit, right hand is the units digit, and the thumb counts for 5 fingers.

      This is my system too. It also works very well for tallying two different counts that occur simultaneously, if they're in the range of 0-9.

      Or in a pinch, -9-+9 or 0-19, using memory (short term) or hand inversion (long terms storage) for the extra bit.

Re^2: My favorite model of computation is ...
by LanX (Archbishop) on May 07, 2017 at 14:02 UTC
    > 10 fingers and 10 toes? :-)

    While others pointed to hexagesimal my first idea was vigesimal, a system which left traces in many European languages.

    (To those who complain now French counting be to complicated, try Danish ... ;)

    Cheers Rolf
    (addicted to the Perl Programming Language and ☆☆☆☆ :)
    Je suis Charlie!

      While others pointed to hexagesimal my first idea was vigesimal

      Pfft. What a waste of good knuckles and fingers. Down with vigesimal. Long live hexagesimal!

Re^2: My favorite model of computation is ...
by chacham (Prior) on May 06, 2017 at 18:43 UTC

    Let's see, the hand can count to 12, making 60 with both hands. Or is that 144? Adding both feet, would be 1500, or 3600. Or, perhaps for the inhumanly dexterous, 20,736.

      Let's see, the hand can count to 12

      Yeah. Decimal => 5, Sexagesimal => 12, Binary => 31; five bits. 4 ^ 128...

      perl -le'print map{pack c,($-++?1:13)+ord}split//,ESEL'

        Aaaah! Wikipedia has let me astray.

        Worthy of note though: Fingered Sexagesimal has no obscene geustures associated with it. Does that count for anything? :)

      Wow, I learn something new everyday. I never even thought about Sexagesimal before. :-)

      I'm not really a human, but I play one on earth. ..... an animated JAPH

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