Andrey (azangru) wrote,


The term hexadecimal was not the first name used for base 16 numbers in computing. Originally, these were called sexadecimal numbers. This is actually the correct term, since Latin prefixes (sexa-) are normally used for numbers, not Greek ones (hexa-). However, in the early 1950s, IBM decided that the word sexadecimal was just a little too provocative for their tastes, so they changed it to hexadecimal. IBM being IBM—especially back then—meant everyone else followed suit.

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    A beautiful cartoon on the front page of The Week:

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    This is just as bad as a brief exchange with a belligerent guest on a regular news show: Six minutes! Six minutes, during which Rand Paul is…

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    The war on repetitions:

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