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• 1023?(2+ / 0-)
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journeyman, ericlewis0

2^10-1?
Why -1?
I always heard it measured in metric BUTT-tons which I assume must be a different measure.

If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

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• Oh now you're REALLY confusing me. n//t(2+ / 0-)
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CwV, ericlewis0

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• because it's the sum(2+ / 0-)
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ericlewis0, journeyman

(2^9+2^8+2^7...)

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• Is this a math joke?(2+ / 0-)
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happymisanthropy, ericlewis0

Because if it is, I'm ashamed to admit that you've lost me.

Ceterum censeo Factionem Republicanam esse delendam.

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• Not a joke(2+ / 0-)
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journeyman, ericlewis0

Just pointless trivia.

2^n = [2^(n-1) + 2^(n-2) + 2^(n-3) ... + 2^0] - 1

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• Okay.(1+ / 0-)
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ericlewis0

But you've still lost me.

And I'm still ashamed.

Ceterum censeo Factionem Republicanam esse delendam.

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• all right(2+ / 0-)
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journeyman, ericlewis0

so imagine you have a chessboard.  And you put one grain of rice on the first square.  And two grains of rice on the second square, four grains on the third square, eight on the fourth, et cetera.

One grain of rice is two to the zeroth power, 2^0.  Two grains of rice is two to the first power, 2^1.  Four grains of rice is two to the second power, 2^2.  And so on.

The eleventh square on the chessboard has 1024 grains of rice on it (2^10, remember that we started counting from zero).

And if you add up all the grains of rice on the first ten squares (2^0 through 2^9), they add up to 1023 grains.

You can see it in binary numbers:
12=1
102=2
1002=4
10002=8
100002=16
1000002=32
10000002=64
100000002=128
1000000002=256
10000000002=512
1 + 10 + 100 + 1000 + 10000 + 100000 + 1000000 + 10000000 + 100000000 + 1000000000 = 1111111111, either in base 10 or in base 2.
11111111112 = 1023
Add one and the binary odometer rolls over to:
100000000002=1024

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• I should add(2+ / 0-)
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journeyman, ericlewis0

we don't teach binary numbers in school, and if you don't understand binary numbers there's no reason why you should feel ashamed at not getting this.

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• Got it.(1+ / 0-)
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ericlewis0

Actually, they taught binary numbers in my school. We even learned hexadecimal. I came up with the 2n+1 rule for the progression of squares before they taught it.

Now I can't even follow simple binary progressions or even calculate in fucktons.

Ceterum censeo Factionem Republicanam esse delendam.

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• They taught binary numbers in my school.(1+ / 0-)
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ericlewis0

We even learned hexadecimal. I came up with the 2n+1 rule for the progression of squares before they taught it. I knew who Fibbonacci was before I left grade school. We had arguments about whether Fermat was full of it or not.

Now I can't even follow simple binary progressions or even calculate in fucktons.

Argh!

Ceterum censeo Factionem Republicanam esse delendam.

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• Apparently I can't even use the bloody(1+ / 0-)
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ericlewis0

comment function on these newfangled digital computers.

In my day, we used sliderules!

Okay, that one's not true, but we did learn how to use them, if only as an aid to understanding logarithms.

Ceterum censeo Factionem Republicanam esse delendam.

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• That's simple.(2+ / 0-)
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journeyman, ericlewis0

It would be 1024 (simple binary), but in situations like this, something is always fucked up.

I am not religious, and did NOT say I enjoyed sects.

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