Numeric literals in other than base 10 - was Annoying octal notation

Mensanator mensanator at
Thu Aug 27 00:58:43 CEST 2009

On Aug 26, 4:59 pm, Piet van Oostrum <p... at> wrote:
> >>>>> Mensanator <mensana... at> (M) wrote:
> >M> That's my point. Since the common usage of "binary" is for
> >M> Standard Positional Number System of Radix 2, it follows
> >M> that "unary" is the common usage for Standard Positional
> >M> Number System of Radix 1. That's VERY confusing since such
> >M> a system is undefined. Remember, common usage does not
> >M> necessarily properly define things. Saying simply "unary"
> >M> sounds like you're extending common usage beyond its proper
> >M> boundaries.
> But the customary meaning of `unary' is the tally system, as a radix
> system wouldn't make sense. I don't know when this term came into use
> but I have known it for a long time.

Ok, I'll accept that and in the same breath say such common usage
is stupid. I, for one, have never heard such usage and would never
use "unary" in the same breath as "decimal, octal, binary" even if
I had.

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