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> > > All you have to know is that 42 is what you get if you multiply

> > > six by nine and accept there's something fundamentally wrong

> > > about the universe

> >

> > And what is it that you have against working in base 13 that

> > makes it fundamentally wrong ? :-)

Warning. The following ALL makes sense but may or may not be considered

useful and may blow the odd brain fuse.

Hereunder nn/xx means nn in base xx. with nn and xx all base 10 unless

specified otherwise.

eg 42/13 means 42 base 13 = 54 base 10 = 54/10

> Base 12a you mean.

That's interesting - I've never seen anyone express a base higher than 10 in

any base other than base 10. (All bases to their own base are base 10 of

course, but I digress.) That leaves the problem of determining what base it

was you were expressing base 12a in as the a is not a legal digit in base

10/10. As a usually conveys 11/10 your base must be at least 12/10 (as the

largest single digit expreeeable in any base is one less than the base). If

we assume you are using base 16/10 then 12a/16 = 298/10. It's going to be

difficult to get enough characters to express all the digits in such a large

base system. Presumably one uses accents - acutes, graves, cedillas etc. Or

maybe one could drop into wingdings or similar. Regardless, if we assume

that a/298 is meant to signify 10/10 then 6/298 x 9/298 = (54/10)/298. I use

54/10 temporarily as it has not yet been established what symbol should be

used. As A/xx (or a/xx as you seem to have put it in 12a/xx) = 10/10 Z/xx

would be 35/10. Horrors! Maybe you did not mean that a = A as I have been

assumomng and meant that the symbols went 0...9, A...Z, a...z or similar, in

which case 12a/xx would be MUCH larger that 298./10 as "a" now no longer

means 10/10 but probably 61/10. That being the case (which I most severely

doubt) then a = 61/10 and 12a must be in at least base 62/10 (for the

reasons noted above). As 62/10 seems an unlikely base then perhaps it is in

base 64/10 in which case 12a/64 = 270,246/10. (ie 64^3*1+64^2*2+10 all base

10). This is an extroadinarily large base to work with!

While I cannot start to thing what single character symbology you could use

to represent numbers in this base I would like to suggest one for the

specifric value of 12a/(270,246/10). As the ant-html thought police will not

allow me to turn on HTML to represent this in a single character (and in any

case the character sets used in various locations would cause it to appear

differently) please mentally replace the 3 following character string with

its more usual pictogram. I would like to suggest that you represent

12a/(270,246/10) with :-) (although some may sugesst that that would be

unlucky.)

R :-) M

Coffee breaks over - back to work.

And in OUR family, we have just the 10 digits

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