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  •  Which is why I've always had a weakness (1+ / 0-)
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    for octal. (True, but chortleable.)

    If they haven't worked with core dumps, today, there's next to no chance you will see people with "fluency" reading hex.

    The top of it for hex was when we coded our own assembler routines -- mainly forced by limited memory. Even with mainframe systems, if you wanted to read data off disks at full speed then you had to write your own channel driver.

    Then, for fun, there was the IBM 704 with LISP 1.5... and we had one 'cuz the card reader wouldn't die.

    •  I dunno, even the blue screen of death has (1+ / 0-)
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      been known to dump core.

      But I had to write an assembler mumble mumble years ago, which si why I can read hex, octal, binary, and keep a translation of them all going.

      So for yesterday, 1011 in decimal would be 111111001 in binary.  At least figuring out 1011 in hex to binary is relatively trivial.

      In capitalist America, bank robs you!

      by madhaus on Fri Oct 12, 2012 at 02:01:52 AM PDT

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