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Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Base Systems

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Hovertext: If you use toes, base-22 is more reasonable.


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HybridAU
1645 days ago
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Is the hover text right? Shouldn't it be base 21 with your toes included?

In the same way that just one hand would be base 6. But two hands doesn't make it base 12, it's only base 11 because you don't get two lots of 0. So adding your feet is only base 21.

Maybe I'm reading too much into a comic.
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superiphi
1645 days ago
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you can make a lot more distinctive symbols with your hands - V's and combos. Base 57, anyone?
Idle, Bradford, United Kingdom
reconbot
1645 days ago
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Think about it
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sirshannon
1646 days ago
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Shit. I just realized counting with our hands is base-11, not base-10 :/
satadru
1646 days ago
Me too. Total head-desk moment.
djmdjm
1643 days ago
same happened to me when I started explaining binary to my son. Complete WTF moment

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Alt Text: "This is very similar to the technique of proof by intimidation."
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PROTIP: You can get around the Shannon-Hartley limit by setting your font size to 0.
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HybridAU
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Alt Text: PROTIP: You can get around the Shannon-Hartley limit by setting your font size to 0.
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olympia
2248 days ago
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Thank you!
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jepler
2248 days ago
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https://github.com/jepler/infinf
Earth, Sol system, Western spiral arm
satadru
2249 days ago
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haakoo
2249 days ago
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Alt text: PROTIP: You can get around the Shannon-Hartley limit by setting your font size to 0.
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infogulch
2249 days ago
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By the way, if you ever really need the alt text on mobile, go to the website, add a .m subdomain (so it's m.xkcd.com) and click the alt text button below the comic.
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haakoo
2249 days ago
That doesn't work too well when you don't have a connection.
llucax
2249 days ago
With the newsblur app just long tap the image :)
infogulch
2249 days ago
haakoo: then how do you even view the comic? llucax: that doesn't work on Android (yet).
llucax
2249 days ago
It does work for me in Android (app version 3.7.1 downloaded from f-droid.org)
brico
2249 days ago
There's also an xkcd unobfuscated alt text feed http://pipes.yahoo.com/pipes/pipe.info?_id=PohYUERy3RGW3w7o6icw5g