--- "H. S. Teoh" <[log in to unmask]> wrote: > Well, doing stuff with other bases are very easy. > After all, base 8 is > just like base 10, if you're missing two fingers. > ;-) Indeed, but doing maths in Base 16 is a lot harder. In bases below 10, I can easily mentally switch into the base I'm learning, and it's plainly obvious to me that 7+1=10 (or 15+33=50). But it makes me so dizzy to add the extra six things to work in 16. (And no, I don't count on my fingers. I think with the digits on a piece of paper, but when doing something like 15+33, I would actually do (4+4)+(10+30).) The *really* confusing thing, though, is is '15 base 16' fifteen, fifsixeteen /"fIfsaikstijn/, or twenty-one? (I like the middle one best, I think (no conversions needed but it won't cofuse you with fifteen), but its likely to greet me with blank stares.) Oh, and is 'one hundred'='100 base 10' or '100 base whatever' etc.? The things they never teach you because no-one ever cares. Tristan http://mobile.yahoo.com.au - Yahoo! Mobile - Check & compose your email via SMS on your Telstra or Vodafone mobile.